General Dentistry

Stay on Top of Your Dental Health With Regular Check-Ups

For many adults, the dentist is the medical provider they see the most. Dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year, and general dentistry is oriented toward the prevention of disease and decay. And since your dental health can affect your overall health and well-being, having a good relationship with your general dentist is important.

Here at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry, we see patients from Las Cruces, Mesilla, Mesquite, and the surrounding areas. And no matter how long it has been since you last visited a dentist, we’d love to help you get your oral health back on track. 

General Dentistry, Explained

General dentistry encompasses a broad range of standard dental services. General dentists are the main providers of dental care to patients of all ages.  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.

General Dentistry


What’s Included in a Regular Dental Visit?

When you’re ready to visit our trusted team at Mesilla Valley Dentistry, we’ll help you set an appointment for a routine exam and cleaning. First, we’ll perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other parts of your mouth. Dental X-rays will also be performed as necessary.

Next, one of our dental hygienists will give you a thorough dental cleaning, removing and build-up of plaque and tartar. If your exam reveals the presence of tooth decay or other dental issues, we will go over your options with you. Last, your general dentist will offer recommendations for ways you can improve your dental health and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. 

Why Regular Dental Visits Matter 

Most of us are told throughout our lives that it’s important to see a dentist twice a year. Regular dental visits will make it much easier to keep your teeth and gums healthy. No matter how diligent you are with brushing and flossing, there are some parts of your mouth that aren’t easily reached by your toothbrush. Having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year will help prevent a host of oral health issues.

Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry 

What is the difference between general dentistry and preventative dentistry?

General dentistry and preventative dentistry are very similar. General dentistry revolves around primary dental care for people of all ages. Preventative dentistry, however, is a more modern and advanced way of keeping your teeth healthy by preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Our team of dentists at Mesilla Valley General Dentistry can act as both. 

Why do I need to see my dentist twice a year?

Unless you require a specialized treatment plan, your Las Cruces dentist will likely recommend routine visits twice a year. On average, this is how long it takes for a cavity to develop, and our team can address any issues before they become a detriment to your oral health. Twice annual cleanings also keep plaque from settling in your mouth and causing dental problems. 

Why does my dentist take X-rays?

Dental X-rays are necessary because they allow your dentist to look past the tissue of your mouth and into the deeper areas of your gums, teeth, and jaw bone. This allows us to look for signs of oral health problems that we would not be able to spot with a visual examination alone. 

Schedule Your Cleaning and Check-up at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry 

No matter how long you’ve gone without seeing a dentist, our team of Las Cruces dentists are here to help. We proudly serve patients in Mesilla, University Park, Four Points, San Pablo, and more. Call us today at (575) 523-5589 or request an appointment online. We look forward to meeting you!