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General Dentistry

SmileCare Dental of Fitchburg / General Dentistry

General Dentistry Treatments

Everyone deserves a healthy smile that can last them a lifetime, and that starts with excellent general dentistry care. Dr. Kay helps her patients maintain gorgeous smiles and healthy mouths. Not only will your smile stay bright for years to come, general dentistry can help us:

Identify and treat oral problems early, before they can become larger issues

Prevent the need for more serious dental work in the future

Help you avoid painful dental emergencies

Dr. Kay treats every patient like they are a member of her family, and our entire staff offers warm welcomes and exceptional care. Every patient receives personalized care that is tailored to meet their specific needs and smile goals. Through proper general and preventive care, your smile can last a lifetime!

Other General Dentistry Treatments Include

Gum disease treatment

Gum disease affects many people, but it doesn’t have to keep you from getting the most out of your smile. We can dee clean your teeth and gums, removing plaque, tartar and bacteria to allow your gums to heal properly.

Preventative care

Preventative care is essential to ensuring your smile stays health. Fluoride treatment can prevent cavities and even reverse early stages of decay, and sealants can help seal out bacteria.

Athletic mouthguards

Athletic mouthguards can protect your smile while playing high impact sports. Our custom mouthguards can provide a more comfortable fit and better protection.

We encourage patients to visit us at least every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. This gives us the opportunity to provide a thorough cleaning, as well as a comprehensive exam. By maintaining regular appointments, we can catch any issues that may be present and address them before they have a chance to become big problems.

FAQs

I’m afraid of the dentist – what can I do to ease my anxiety?
Fear of the dentist is quite common, but there is no need to fear a visit to SmileCare Dental! Dr. Kay treats every patient like family and provides gentle care. But we know that many people experience anxiety surrounding dental appointments, so we work incredibly hard to ensure every patient feels comfortable and is fully informed before beginning any treatment, even just a cleaning. Your oral care is important not just for a healthy smile, but for a healthy body, too, so we want all our patients to feel safe and taken care of while they are in our office.
Why is it important to visit a dentist regularly?

Your oral health is linked to your body’s overall health, so a healthy mouth makes for a healthy body. Taking care of your teeth is important because it prevents tooth decay, protects against gum disease, prevents bad breath, and a bright healthy smile can increase your confidence. We want to help you have a healthy smile that can stand the test of time.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with my teeth and I brush regularly, so do I still need to see a dentist?
Yes! You may think your smile is just fine, but it’s important to see a dentist regularly because issues can exist without you even knowing. While a pretty smile may lead you to believe you are doing just fine, there could be issues lurking that a dentist can identify and treat before they become bigger problems. 
How can I keep my smile healthy in between visits to my dentist?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and brush at least once a day. Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid over-indulging in sugary foods and beverages. Avoid tobacco products, as they can cause oral cancer, as well as stain your teeth and cause gum disease.

How often should I visit a dentist?

We recommend visiting the dentist every six months for most patients. Those who are at a higher risk for gum disease may need to see the dentist more often.

What are cavities?

Cavities are small holes that form inside the teeth due to decay. They form when plaque buildup combines with the sugars and starches in the food we eat to form an acid that then eats away at the enamel coating of the teeth. Untreated cavities can cause additional oral health problems, so it is important to have cavities treated right away. Proper brushing and flossing can help keep cavities at bay.

What is gum disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects the gums and can lead to bleeding gums, bad breath, loss of teeth and bone, and tooth sensitivity. The early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, can be treated before it causes further issues. Gum disease is typically caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not properly addresses. Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss, so it is important to address periodontal disease as soon as it is detected. Brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist every six months can help prevent gum disease from forming.

How often should my toothbrush be changed?

Toothbrushes wear out over time, especially if you are brushing as often as you should. We recommend getting a new toothbrush every three months. Patients with gum disease should change their toothbrushes every four to six weeks to prevent bacteria from spreading.

SmileCare Dental of Fitchburg