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General Dentistry

Frequently Ask Question
What is the Importance of Regular Dental Check-Ups in General Dentistry?

Every aspect of our general health links back to our oral health in one way or another. This interconnection between the various components of our health underscores the importance of regular dental check-ups. They serve as the first line of defence against a wide variety of potential dental health issues.

Early Detection for Optimal Oral Health

When you maintain regular appointments with your dentist at Fold Dentistry, you allow us to monitor your oral health closely. We can spot early signs of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, or even oral cancer. Early detection often means the difference between simple, non-invasive treatments and more complicated, extensive procedures.

For instance, catching a small cavity during a routine check-up allows it to be treated with a simple filling. But, if the same cavity goes unnoticed and untreated, it could potentially lead to the need for a root canal treatment or extraction further down the line.

Professional Cleaning for a Radiant Smile

Another critical aspect of regular dental visits is the professional cleaning. Despite our best efforts at home with brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up on our teeth over time, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.

During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist meticulously removes this tartar build-up, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Moreover, professional cleaning can also help to remove surface stains from your teeth, leaving you with a fresher, brighter smile.

Preventative Care: A Proactive Approach

Our approach at Fold Dentistry is rooted in preventive care. We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to dental health. By keeping up with regular dental check-ups, you’re taking a proactive stance in the maintenance of your oral health.

Moreover, your dentist can provide personalised advice on how to improve your daily oral hygiene routine and recommend products that can help address any specific concerns you may have. This educational aspect is a crucial part of preventive care and enables you to take charge of your oral health.

General Health and Oral Health: A Vital Connection

What many people may not realise is the connection between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health can contribute to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even dementia. Regular dental check-ups help maintain good oral health, indirectly contributing to your overall health and wellbeing.

What Types of Treatments are Provided Under General Dentistry?

General dentistry is a wide-reaching field, encompassing an extensive range of treatments designed to maintain and enhance your oral health. These services are vital in ensuring both the preservation and function of your teeth.

Preventative and Restorative Services

Preventative services form the bedrock of general dentistry. This includes regular check-ups, X-rays, and professional cleanings. Regular examinations allow dentists to diagnose potential issues in their early stages, preventing them from worsening. X-rays provide an in-depth view of your oral health, highlighting issues that may be hidden from the naked eye. Professional cleanings remove hardened tartar, preventing gum disease and preserving your oral health.

On the restorative front, general dentistry includes treatments such as fillings, crowns, and bridges. These procedures restore the function and appearance of damaged or lost teeth, ensuring you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. At Fold Dentistry, we employ the latest techniques and highest quality materials for all our restorative treatments.

Cosmetic Procedures in General Dentistry

Beyond preventative and restorative care, general dentistry also includes cosmetic procedures. Treatments such as teeth whitening can enhance your smile, boosting your self-confidence. Fold Dentistry provides a range of cosmetic treatments tailored to meet your unique needs and preferences.

How Often Should I Get a Professional Dental Cleaning?

It’s generally recommended to have a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. However, the frequency can vary depending on your individual oral health status and needs. For those with gum disease or a high risk of tooth decay, more frequent cleanings may be advisable. During a cleaning session at Fold Dentistry, our dental hygienists remove any plaque or tartar build-up and polish your teeth, promoting healthier gums and a brighter smile.

What is the Process of a Root Canal Treatment and When is it Necessary?

A root canal treatment is performed when there’s severe decay, infection, or damage in the tooth that has reached the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth). The process involves removing the affected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it. If left untreated, such a tooth can cause significant discomfort or lead to abscesses. At Fold Dentistry, we use the latest techniques to ensure this procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

What Can I Do to Improve My Daily Dental Hygiene Routine?

A good dental hygiene routine is vital for maintaining a healthy mouth. This should include brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth, and using a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Regularly changing your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months is also important. In addition to this, consuming a balanced diet and limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks can help prevent tooth decay. At Fold Dentistry, we can provide personalised advice and recommendations to help optimise your daily dental care regimen.

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