How to Tell if a Dentist is Right for You

General dentistry forms the bedrock of lifelong dental health, and choosing the right dentist plays an integral role in this journey. A skilled general dentist like Dr. Hewgley provides personalized, comprehensive care aimed at maintaining your oral health based on your unique needs.

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The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends biannual visits to the dentist starting from when a baby’s first primary teeth erupt. Routine dental check-ups enable early detection and treatment of developing dental problems using conservative methods. During these visits, our team engages with you to understand your concerns and identify any specific risk factors related to your oral health or overall well-being.

Cavity Prevention: An Essential Aspect of Dental Care

Preventing tooth decay and cavities is crucial for long-term dental health as it helps maintain the natural structure of your teeth, thereby preventing complex issues such as tooth loss. Professional cleanings, thorough examinations, decay screenings, and gum disease checks help patients enjoy good oral health benefits across all ages. However, cavity prevention isn’t limited to professional care; it also depends on healthy oral habits, including daily brushing and flossing. Our hygienists guide you through proper techniques for keeping teeth and gums clean between visits while recommending home oral hygiene products that can address periodontal disease risks or other common dental issues.

Gum Health: The Unsung Hero of Oral Well-being

Healthy gums play a pivotal role in ensuring the long-term stability of both overall and oral health—making preventive gum care an essential part of routine check-ups at our family-friendly Chapel Hill office. We monitor signs indicating early stages of gum disease while addressing chronic or medical-related gum conditions on an individual basis. Looking beyond regular appointments with a DDS (Doctor Of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor Of Dental Medicine), maintaining oral health is a collaborative effort between you and your dentist. Both DDS and DMD degrees indicate that the dentist has graduated from an accredited dental school, meeting high academic standards on par with medical schools.

Building a Healthy Smile: A Collaborative Effort

Maintaining a healthy smile involves developing good habits like brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing regularly, and establishing continuity of care through regular dental visits. This allows your dentist to detect any oral problems early—such as reversible gum disease or easily treatable small cavities—and maintain the overall health of your mouth. It’s important to keep your dentist informed about changes in overall health since these can often impact oral well-being. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about specific procedures or aspects of your oral health; dentists appreciate engaged patients who take an active interest in their treatment plan.