General dentistry involves all of the essential, front-line dental care designed to promote and protect your oral health. You can think of your general dentist as your primary oral health care provider or as the one who delivers routine preventive care and helps diagnose and treat problems before they progress. At Red Bud Dental in Round Rock, Texas, Dr. Lisa Ochoa provides full general dentistry services to patients in the greater Austin community.
General dentistry includes preventive oral care as well as the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases or conditions that can affect any part of your mouth and the surrounding areas, including your jaw, neck, face, and head. Although you may think general dentistry only refers to everyday services like the prevention and treatment of tooth decay, general dentists are often the first health care providers to spot more serious oral or maxillofacial problems, including the early signs of mouth or throat cancer.
For the majority of patients, biannual dental cleanings and exams form the foundation of preventive, general dental care and optimal oral health. It’s during these appointments that your dentist can diagnose and treat cavities, gum disease, and other problems before they worsen.
General dentists are highly educated and specially trained to perform a full scope of dental services. Even though routine cleaning and exam appointments make up a significant portion of their daily work, general dentists can perform a broad range of procedures, including:
While cosmetic dentistry is technically considered a separate area, most general dentists are trained to perform a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures, including veneers, bonding, and teeth-whitening treatments.
Red Bud Dental has a CEREC machine, as well, which allows Dr. Ochoa to whiten broken, weakened, or decayed teeth during the repair process. For patients who want to whiten teeth in the comfort of their own home, Dr. Ochoa provides free custom whitening trays.
Seeing Dr. Lisa Ochoa for regular cleanings and exams provides several significant benefits, including:
Cavity prevention — Brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly twice a day can go a long way in preventing the buildup of plaque, or the sticky film that eats holes in your enamel and leads to tooth decay. Getting regular dental care helps ensure that your dental hygiene skills aren’t lacking, and it makes it more likely that you’ll continue your good habits.
Gum disease prevention — When plaque builds up between cleanings, it can harden into tartar, a cement-like substance that only your dentist can remove completely. Because plaque buildup and tartar can lead to gum disease and, eventually, tooth loss, it’s important to have regular professional cleanings to help prevent their formation.
Whiter teeth — Dr. Ochoa has the skills and tools to remove months of built-up stains in a single professional cleaning. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, or if you enjoy the occasional glass of red wine, routine professional dental care can help you maintain white teeth and smile.