General Dentistry Practice For Healthy Smiles in the New Year

If you’re looking for general dentistry services in Olathe, look no further than the Olathe Dental Care Center. It’s a new year, and at this time many of us are thinking about making changes in our lives and health. If you have resolved to take better care of your teeth in 2022, we can help! Our team of dedicated professionals offers a wide array of services to meet your needs, in an environment that is comfortable. We welcome patients of all ages!
General dentistry is a term that is used to describe the primary services your dentist provides regularly. The most obvious example of this is your dental exam. These should be scheduled every six months and include a full examination of your teeth, mouth and gums. Your dentist will check for cavities, gingivitis and other possible tooth or gum issues. A dental exam usually includes X-rays. If cavities are found, we offer tooth-colored or silver fillings, depending on your preference.
Another general dentistry service is routine cleanings. These should be performed regularly to keep your smile white, bright and healthy. The American Dental Association (ADA)  recommends that you work with your dentist to decide what interval between cleanings is correct for you. While some patients need more frequent cleanings to maintain optimal oral health, others may be able to go longer between cleanings. This is one reason why it’s great to develop a long-term relationship with your dentist. A provider who knows you and your dental history is best qualified to determine the appropriate prevention measures and treatments for you. The Olathe Dental Care Center’s general dentistry team takes pride in ensuring that our patients get the right care at the right time.
Do my kids need cleanings? When should they start seeing a dentist? The ADA’s website states “Your child’s first dental visit should take place after that first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.” This first visit will help your child get comfortable with seeing the dentist, and will probably not include any treatments. Just as with adults, the dentist will work with you to determine what schedule of cleanings is best for your child. One general dentistry service that is vitally important for kids is having sealants applied to their teeth. These cover the nooks and crannies in both baby teeth and permanent teeth and help to prevent cavities. 
Another important general dentistry service we offer is screening for oral cancer. These checkups are now a part of regular dental visits. According to the American Cancer Society,  oral cancer can often be detected early during a routine oral examination by a dentist or hygienist. As with many cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment! This is especially important if you have any of the major risk factors for oral cancer, such as alcohol or tobacco use, HPV infection, or poor nutrition. Our staff can also show you how to perform monthly self-examinations for oral cancer. 
If you are looking for general dentistry services in an environment that will make you smile, contact Olathe Dental Care Center at (913) 782-1420.  With the new year, most people’s dental insurance has reset, and coverage for basic services is available. We accept most dental insurance. For patients without insurance, we also offer an in-house payment plan and accept Care Credit. We are here to answer all of your dental questions pertaining to general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dental care, dental insurance, payment plans, scheduling or any other subject. We look forward to helping you ring in the New Year with a healthy, happy smile!