Your General Dentist Definitions and Treatments
Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to oral health. Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, diseases that affect the mouth can affect overall health. A general dentist is defined as a doctor that specializes in oral health. General dentists are the main providers of dental care for people all over the world.
What Does a General Dentist Do?
General dentists are the first line of defense for your child's dental health. A general dentist's duties require a wide variety of responsibilities:
- Identify disease and look for signs of infection
- Promote early prevention of disease
- Interpret x-rays
- Provide emergency care
- Administer anesthesia safely
- Care for special needs patients
- Run diagnostic tests
- Find cavities and abnormalities in teeth, gums and jaws
- Perform surgery
- Write prescriptions and create plans to treat and manage oral health
- Treats pain and anxiety related to oral health
What to Expect from Your Child's Dentist
All dentists should be well-educated. General Dentistry Education involves studies across many areas. Most general dentists are either a doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or a doctor of dental medicine (DDM).
General dentistry practices look at everything from the teeth and the gums to jaws, tongues, salivary glands and the head and neck of every patient that walks through the door.
If a dentist finds something wrong, he or she can treat the problem or refer the patient to a specialist. When general practitioners go on to post-graduate education, they may focus on becoming a specialist. Specialists can become orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons and pediatric dentists, among others.
Find a Dental Office for Your Kids
Start your child’s relationship with a general dentist at an early age to make sure he or she is comfortable and excited about visiting the dentist.
Kool Smiles is a general dentistry with a focus on caring for kids. Our network of general practitioners and specialists can be found at more than 120 locations across the US. All of our locations accept Medicaid and Tricare, as well as other convenient payment options. Call (855) 854-3621 to set up an appointment with the Kool Smiles dentist in your area.