General Dentistry Practice in Olathe, KS Keeps Smiles Healthy
June 3, 2021
If you’re looking for general dentistry services in Olathe, look no further than the Olathe Dental Care Center. General dentistry is a term that is used to describe the primary dental care services your dentist provides regularly. Our team of dedicated professionals offers a wide array of services to meet your needs, in a relaxed and caring atmosphere where patients of all ages can feel welcome and comfortable.
Dental exams should be scheduled every six months. As part of this general dentistry service, your dentist will examine your teeth, checking for cavities, gingivitis and other possible tooth or gum issues. X-rays are usually performed as part of this service. Should cavities be found, we offer tooth-colored or silver fillings, depending on your preference.
Routine cleanings should be performed regularly to keep your smile white, bright and healthy. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you and your dentist work together to determine what interval is correct for you. Some patients will need more frequent cleanings to maintain optimal oral health, while others might need them less frequently. This is why it is so important to develop a long-term relationship with your dentist. Only someone who understands your individual needs can provide you with the right treatments. The Olathe Dental Care Center’s general dentistry team takes pride in ensuring that our patients get the right care at the right time.
What about my kids? When do they need cleanings? The ADA’s mouthhealthy.org website states “Your child’s first dental visit should take place after that first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.” Though this first visit will likely not include any treatments, starting early will help your child get comfortable with seeing the dentist. Just as with adults, the dentist will work with you to determine what interval is best for your child’s continued cleanings.
One service that is really important for children is the application of sealants. Covering the nooks and crannies in both baby teeth and permanent teeth is important for cavity prevention. As Ben Franklin observed, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
There is another vitally important screening that is offered as part of our general dentistry services. Oral cancer screenings are now an important part of regular dental visits. According to the American Cancer Society, although there is no routine test for oral cancer, it can often be detected early during a routine oral examination by a dentist or hygienist. Early detection is key to successful treatment. Your dentist or hygienist can also show you how to perform monthly self-examinations for oral cancer. 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.
If you are looking for high-quality, professional general dentistry services in an environment that will make you want to smile, contact Olathe Dental Care Center at (913) 782-1420. We accept most dental insurance, including Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Delta, Guardian, Humana, Metlife, and United Concordia. For patients without insurance, we also offer an in-house payment plan and accept Care Credit. We are here to answer all your dental questions whether or not 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. We look forward to helping our patients achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles!