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How Are Preventive and General Dentistry Different?

December 18, 2021
Posted By: Gentle Dental Eagan
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Your Eagan, MN dentist Dr. Michael Onyekaba provides everything you need for a healthy smile. This includes preventive and general dentistry, along with advanced services like cosmetic dentistry and tooth replacement.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry deals with examinations, teeth cleanings, and any treatment that helps prevent or diagnose dental health issues, including:

  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Dental x-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Teeth cleanings

Typically, you visit your Eagan, MN dentist twice yearly for a preventive dental checkup and teeth cleaning. By doing this, you lower your risks for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and oral infections.

Through preventive visits, your dentist can diagnose conditions early. And with teeth cleanings, your hygienist can remove the debris that causes oral health issues.

What Is General Dentistry?

General dentistry reverses dental conditions or treats them to restore you to better oral health.

Examples of general dentistry include:

  • Cavity treatment with tooth-colored fillings
  • Tooth restoration and repair with dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy for tooth root infections
  • Periodontal therapy for gum disease
  • Dental extractions when necessary
  • Emergency dental appointments

Your Role in Prevention

Besides making and keeping exams and teeth cleaning appointments, you should brush and floss your teeth after each meal—or at least twice every day.

If you notice a sore in your mouth or tooth sensitivity—any oral health changes that do not improve—it's crucial to reach out to your dentist near Mendota Heights, MN for guidance.

Additionally, talk to your dentist about a mouthguard for sports if you're athletic.

As a rule, excellent dental care and your efforts at home mean less time in the dental chair for general dentistry treatments.

Are You Looking for a Top Dentist in Eagan?

If you're looking to establish dentistry in our area or if it's time for your next checkup and teeth cleaning, we look forward to hearing from you.

We proudly serve all locations, including Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, Richfield, and your neighborhood.