General Dentistry Emphasizes the Importance of Preventive Dental Care

General dentistry, also known as family dentistry, provides dental services with a focus on preventive care, especially for the younger generations. The importance of maintaining good oral health cannot be overstated, and one of the primary ways in which to ensure you have healthy teeth and gums is by practicing preventive dental care. This means that developing the habit of brushing and flossing at least twice daily is essential.

A number of services fall into the category of general dentistry. Taking care of our teeth starts early in childhood and extends throughout the course of our life. Good oral health can impact your overall health, as well. The family dentist at ODCC adheres to a strict code of ethics when providing safe, quality general dentistry.


In addition to your family dentist managing your overall oral health care needs, Dr. Jeffrey Higgins and his staff at Olathe Dental Care Center also provide the following services:

  • Routine Cleanings
  • Composite Fillings
  • Amalgam Fillings
  • Dental Exams
  • X-Rays
  • Sealants

Preventive dental care is a combination of regular dental checkups, developing good oral health habits, and visiting the dentist for twice-yearly teeth cleaning, and routine exams, which sometimes require x-rays.


Since much of your dental health starts with you, good oral health can be enhanced by using mouthwash regularly and avoiding things that are known to be harmful to your teeth, such as:

  • Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel.
  • Be careful when eating hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, etc.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products, which can lead to cancer and other dental problems.
  • Use a mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night to help reduce gum recession.

Regular preventive dental exams lower your risk for developing tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious dental problems. It enables general dentistry professionals to perform a full exam of your mouth, jaw, and neck to identify and address dental-related problems and correct them before they get worse.

General Dentistry teaches healthy habits

The staff at ODCC helps you learn healthier habits, and will refer you to a dental specialist if needed. For example, in regard to children, your dental care provider may refer you to a pediatric dentist who specializes in both preventive dentistry as well as more specialized services for children, including extractions, fillings, and oral surgery. Another type of specialized dentistry is an orthodontist who specializes in bridgework, braces, and the like.

We are committed to providing the best overall general dentistry anywhere and are prepared to answer all your dental questions whether they pertain to general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dental care, dental insurance, payment plans, scheduling or any other subject. Schedule your general dentistry appointment by contacting us today!

Olathe Dental Care Center

234 South Cherry St
Olathe KS 66061