Launceston General Dentistry
The best offense is a good defense, they say, and the same could be said for taking care of your smile. By attending regularly scheduled dental appointments here at Pickup Bagshaw Dental, and taking good care of your teeth at home, you can prolong the lifespan of your teeth. For patients in Launceston, general dentistry treatments and cleanings are closer than you think. Let’s take a look at what’s included in general dentistry, and at the best health habits for your smile.
What is Included in General Dentistry?
General dentistry consists of a few things:
- Cleanings and Scaling
- Tooth-Coloured Fillings
- Important Second Opinions
Cleanings and Scaling
Cleaning your teeth involves brushing, in-depth flossing, and fluoride rinses. Scaling is the name for the process where tartar and plaque are scraped off and removed. At this time, Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas will also check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other forms of periodontal disease that could threaten your oral health.
During your appointment, we’ll also take diagnostic x-rays to make sure that your smile is just as healthy underneath your gums too. We can keep these x-rays on file to track your progress on treatments, keep watch on any developing conditions, and more.
Should we come across the early stages of tooth decay (cavities) in your teeth, we can keep it from spreading through the use of tooth-coloured fillings. Fillings, as their name suggest, fill the infected space with a composite material that’s durable, long-lasting, and looks natural for your smile. If you currently have metal or mercury fillings, schedule an appointment with Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas to determine if you’re a candidate for tooth-coloured fillings.
The Importance of Second Opinions
One of our other services we offer is a second opinion. If you are seeking a second opinion on a diagnosis or would like to explore restorative dentistry options, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about what we can do for you. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas can take a look at your condition and advise you on next steps.
Tips for Optimal Dental Health
After a cleaning, scaling, or other preventative dental treatment, the next step is to maintain a healthy smile until your next appointment and beyond. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day, or after big meals
- Consider using mouthwash
- Be mindful of how much sugar you consume, as this feeds the bacteria that create plaque. Or brush after eating sugary snacks.
- For patients experiencing temperature-sensitive teeth, try switching to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
Keep Your Teeth Clean with Pickup Bagshaw Dental
Did you know that adults smile around 20 – 40 times a day? That’s a lot of smiling, and we want to ensure that you have clean and healthy teeth to go with it. In Launceston, we love to help our patients take better care of their teeth, and that includes offering preventative dentistry options and general dentistry care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr. Thomas to take a look at your smile and see to any treatments you need.