General Dentistry in Las Cruces, NM
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, twice-yearly cleanings, and treatment of routine oral health complications, such as minor tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who visit a general dentist 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 the 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 your general dentist 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 general dentist?
Yes, you do still need to visit a general dentist even if you take good care of your teeth. Even the best of us can miss spots and require a professional’s help to keep our smiles sparkling. We can take care of those hard-to-reach areas to help prevent oral disease.
There are also some oral health conditions that may not be obvious to you because they don’t hurt or aren’t visible. Sometimes, there are even cavities that don’t hurt until they require immediate treatment.
If you come into our office for your regular six-month appointments, we can make sure your teeth are clean and detect any issues before they require more invasive treatment.
What should I expect during my dentist visit?
At your dental visit, we’ll clean your teeth and examine your mouth to make sure you’re healthy. We can clean all areas of your teeth of hardened plaque, which is more difficult to clean off.
We’ll also perform a full examination consisting of a noninvasive visual and physical examination, X-rays if you haven’t had any for a while, and an oral cancer screening. These all help us to assess your oral health and catch any potential issues before they require intense treatment.
Are there any special instructions I need to follow after seeing my dentist?
If you require any special treatment, your dentist will let you know at your appointment. You can work on an at-home oral hygiene routine that suits you and takes care of your mouth.
Without any special instructions, all you need to do is keep up with regular oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, use floss at least once a day, use fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash, and attend your regular dental visits.