Family & General Dentistry

family dental patients

Family and general dentistry encompasses a broad range of diseases and disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations including an oral cancer examination, twice-yearly cleanings, and treatment of routine oral health complications. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who visit Smile Solutions can expect professional oral health care, as well as education and advisement about self-care between office visits.

Did you know…

that the American Dental Association recommends that every American visit a general dentist a minimum of one time every six months? Doing so can aid in the detection of decay, oral disease and other dental health problems before they progress and become severe. If you are at risk for certain complications or have a history or periodontal disease and advanced decay, you may need to visit Smile Solutions on a more frequent basis. Patients who visit their dentist regularly and as recommended are more likely to retain their natural teeth and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to visit a family or general dentist?

Yes. Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, it is important to visit Smile Solutions for a thorough examination and cleaning. Despite daily brushing and flossing, your teeth can still accumulate plaque and tartar that can harbor bacteria. These bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not professionally removed.

What should I expect during my dentist visit?

Your visit will begin with a general inspection of the condition of your teeth. If you have not been to a dentist in a while, Dr. Berg may order x-rays and a cleaning or gum treatment. An oral hygienist will then use special instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to gently scrape away tartar along your gum line. Dr. Berg will review your x-rays and discuss any symptoms you may have been experiencing. He will then make a recommendation for treatment (if applicable) and answer any questions you may have.

Are there any special instructions I need to follow after seeing Dr. Berg?

Based on the results of your dental check-up, Dr. Berg may recommend a consultation to discuss the condition of your mouth and discuss any needed or cosmetic treatment that you may require. You may also be referred to a dental specialist for treatment of advanced oral health conditions.

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