Professionals in the dental field stress the importance of healthy oral hygiene through consistent and thorough dental care. General dentistry provides preventative measures and solutions to dental needs. Daily brushing, flossing, and swishing mouthwash, in addition to routine dental check-ups and cleanings, combine to rid patients of excess plaque and tartar and to prevent periodontal diseases. Depending on the patient, routine cleanings should occur every three to six months, with x-rays taken periodically.
General dentistry also includes the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and conditions that have progressed and require additional measures, such as bridges, root canals, extractions, implants, dentures, and fillings for cavities.