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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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What to Expect From Your General Dentist

by Jimmy Carter

As your primary dental caregivers, general dentists are your best bet for avoiding serious dental complications that may result in the loss of your teeth. That's why you should always see your local dentist for regular checkups even if you have no pressing dental concerns. 

Dentists offer an array of general dentistry services to ensure their patients achieve and maintain good oral health. Check out some of the key services that they can provide below.

Checking Your Teeth, Gums and Entire Mouth

One of the things that a general dentist can do for you during a routine visit is to examine your teeth, your gums and the rest of your mouth to catch signs of infection or disease before it can cause a full-blown problem.

They will ask you to open your mouth wide and then check your mouth with the help of a light source. If the visual examination reveals signs of problems, they may take dental x-rays to allow for further analysis of your mouth. The x-rays also help to detect problems that might not be seen with the naked eye.

Cleaning of Your Mouth

For you to keep your mouth healthy, you are required to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. However, you need a little help from your local dentist to get rid of the plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums over the course of your daily oral hygiene routine.

General dentists can use scalers and other tools to scrape off the bacteria-carrying layer of plaque that forms on your teeth and gums over time. This helps to keep your teeth clean and healthy but also white and bright.

Administering Dental Treatment

In cases where you are found to be suffering from a particular dental infection or disease, your dentist may recommend and initiate the appropriate treatment immediately. If the problem requires specialized treatment, they can refer you to the right specialist.

Handling Dental Emergencies 

Dental emergencies can happen at any moment, and when they do, you will need to see a dentist as soon as possible. A general dentist that offers after-hours services can attend to your dental emergency no matter the hour of the day it is. 

Whether it is severe toothache or a chipped, broken or knocked-out tooth, you can be sure that your general dentist will ease the pain and save the affected tooth.

Need more information on general dentistry services? Schedule a consultation with a local general dentist today!