Comprehensive General Dentistry & Dental Care
general dentistry at KC Smile is very much of the belief that a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. That is why it is so very important to visit a general dentist for checkups on a regular basis. Doing so means that minor problems can be caught early on, preserving your smile and ensuring that expensive, and perhaps complicated, procedures do not have to be done at a later date.
Dr. Headley can help you to preserve your smile with basic services like regular examinations and professional cleanings. And if something does go wrong, he can recommend treatments like root canals or fillings. These are all very basic treatments, and if your dental health is generally good but you are not happy with your smile, we can consider cosmetic treatments. The main thing is to ensure that the foundation is set for good oral health.
You’ve no doubt heard it said over and over that you should visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup. This is because that’s your first line of defense against tooth decay, and it is also so that problems like cracks, chips, or old dental work that’s lived out its usefulness can be caught early on. It is also the best way to ensure that you don’t develop gum disease and to screen against oral cancer. These are all issues that, if they are caught quickly, are treatable.
You might not notice a cavity in its early stages, and by the time you do notice it, the integrity of your tooth could be compromised. With modern dental technology, Dr. Headley can identify a cavity before it has a chance to cause any significant harm or to spread to other teeth. Periodontal disease can also be caught in its early stages, and that is very important, since it is linked to a higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, and other health issues. When it comes to dental problems, prevention and early treatment are far better than a cure later on.
Remember how your mother wouldn’t let you go to bed without brushing your teeth? She had a good reason. Brushing and flossing are essential to taking care of your teeth and gums, but there is more to it than that. You have to do it properly, and it’s surprising how many people really do not know proper brushing and flossing techniques. If you are not sure how it should be done, our dental hygienists can show you when you come in for a professional cleaning.
Bad oral hygiene can do much more than just cause your teeth to decay – it can also affect the way you chew and talk, and can adversely affect your overall health. If you suspect that your oral hygiene could use a bit of work, our hygienists can offer suggestions on how to improve it so that you end up spending considerably less time in Dr. Headley’s chair.
Not all that long ago, the process of taking dental x-rays took a lot of time and sometimes several tries to get just the right image. Films had to be developed, and if something went wrong in the process, you would have to begin again. X-rays were also very expensive, and many patients preferred that their dentist simply attempt treatment without the benefit of x-rays, even if the dentist advised otherwise.
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