Preventive Care

General dentistry offers patients the chance to get most of their dental care needs met in one location. If you are in the Miami area, we make scheduling oral care easier and help increase the chances of catching dental problems early. That’s an important factor in getting the most cost-effective treatment over time.

General dentistry offers comprehensive diagnosis, preventive care and treatment of common dental problems for patients of all ages. Since it’s never too early or too late to start taking better care of your teeth, picking a dentist who can take care of your whole family is always a smart choice. Remember that good dental hygiene practices are learned at home and at the dentist’s office. It’s very beneficial to have a professional in your corner to provide advice on the most effective ways to promote oral health at every stage of life.

WHAT DOES GENERAL DENTISTRY INVOLVE?

Some of the most common services, treatments and procedures that Dr. Gilbert performs as a general dentist includes:
Oral Health Exam:

This involves a visual examination of the teeth, gums and jaw to check for signs of decay, disease, bite misalignment, crooked or poorly spaced teeth and other abnormalities. X-rays, TMJ and oral cancer screenings fall into this category.

PROPHYLACTIC CLEANING:

This is a basic preventive treatment that includes removing minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavities. It leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean. Getting a preventive cleaning every six months is ideal for most children and adults.

GUM DISEASE INTERVENTION:

Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitist involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).

FLOURIDE TREATMENT & DENTAL SEALANT

These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, adults can also request these procedures. Fluoride gel is applied topically a couple of times per year. Dental sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by toothbrush bristles. Sealant generally lasts several years.

ROOT CANALS

An infection in the pulp of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. General dentistry includes root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. A less extensive treatment called a pulpotomy is used for baby teeth.

SIMPLE EXTRACTIONS

Extractions range from pulling baby molars that have splintered to removing decayed or damaged adult teeth. A general dentist can also perform simple wisdom tooth extractions. This procedure is easiest to do before children reach their late teens.

FILLINGS & CROWNS

These basic tooth restoration procedures are designed to fill in areas of tooth decay or damage. You can get metal amalgam and composite fillings as well as metal and ceramic crowns from a general dentist. Fillings are appropriate for patients of all ages. Ceramic crowns are most often recommended to restore adult teeth. A baby tooth can be treated with a less expensive but very durable stainless steel crown to restore function until the tooth comes out naturally.

TOOTH WHITENING

This cosmetic procedure is intended for adult patients with a buildup of staining on their teeth from food and beverage consumption, smoking and other lifestyle habits. Discoloration in children’s teeth is sometimes caused by issues that surface whitening doesn’t address. So, kids may need different cosmetic treatment than adults to achieve whiter teeth.

Printable instructions >

Brushing Instructions

  • Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

  • Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

  • Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

  • Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing Instructions

  • Flossing: Step 1

    Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

  • Flossing: Step 2

    Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

  • Flossing: Step 3

    Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

  • Flossing: Step 4

    Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

  • Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!