General Dentist Services
Eating good food is one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had a toothache, you know eating can quickly go from enjoyable to uncomfortable. At Whittaker Dental, we provide the essential preventative care for your entire family, as well as offer the advanced dentist services necessary to fix common dental problems.
Our staff of dentists and dental hygienists are trained to not only take care of your teeth but to also answer your questions so you feel comfortable during your visit.
Preventive Dental Services
The best way to keep your teeth healthy and prevent problems is to have regular cleanings every six months. Here we explain everything you can expect when you schedule your dental cleaning.
Even with excellent oral hygiene, sometimes a tooth cannot be saved. If you need to have a tooth removed, we’ll explain the procedure in advance so you know what to expect.
It’s essential to take care of both the teeth and the gums that surround the teeth. Periodontal maintenance cleans around the teeth and gums to remove buildup from the surface of the tooth. This process is known to be the most non-evasive way to treat gum disease.
Important dental facts:
A dentist plays a role in your overall health.
Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been linked to many health conditions and certain chronic illnesses can make you more susceptible to gum disease. Your dentist cares about your overall health, not just your mouth. That’s why you’ll be asked questions regarding your entire medical history.
Here are a few examples of the connection between your mouth and your health:
Pregnancy – Pregnancy causes an increase in your body’s blood flow, more acid in your mouth and an increase in your hormone levels. This can cause gingivitis (red, swollen gums), loose teeth, periodontitis, tooth decay and other issues. Some research even shows a relationship between gum disease and premature birth and low birthweight.
Heart disease – Left untreated, gum disease can cause inflammation and this has been linked to blockages of blood vessels, strokes and other heart conditions.
Diabetes – Those living with diabetes can be more likely to develop more severe gum problems. Plus, having diabetes can make you prone to more infections.
Rheumatoid arthritis – Research shows a link between patients with rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease. One study showed that nonsurgical treatments for gum disease resulted in improvements in RA symptoms.
Every age needs a general dentist
The American Dental Association recommends a child has his or her first dental appointment after the first tooth appears but no later than his or her first birthday. If a child learns good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) at a young age, it sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
As we age, however, different dental issues can start, which is why routine dental cleanings should be a part of everyone’s life.