Patients of all ages need general dental care. Why? Because a patient becomes vulnerable to common oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease the minute his or her first tooth comes in. The goal with general dentistry from Dr. Donald Marks and Dr. John A. Martin is to prevent these conditions through close oral exams and thorough cleanings.
Left untreated, problems like these can develop and dramatically impact one’s oral, and even overall, wellbeing. Gum disease, for instance, is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America. What’s more, studies have connected it to an increased vulnerability to other kinds of health problems, like diabetes, pre-term birth, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and possibly even heart disease. With regular care from your State College general and family dentist, your family can look forward to enjoying a healthier smile and a better sense of overall health.
During your regular appointment, your dentist will look for more than just cavities and gum disease, though. Your State College general dentist will also look for signs of oral cancer or a neuromuscular condition like bruxism or TMJ dysfunction. Depending on the results of your exam, additional care may be recommended with fillings, periodontal care, a smile makeover, or some other cosmetic or restorative service. Plus, services like dental sealants and fluoride treatments can be used to give teeth—especially young teeth—extra protection.
How often should you see your general dentist? We recommend coming in every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy. Call your local general dentist for an appointment if it’s been more than six months since your last visit. And be sure you bookmark our blog to learn more about our services and important oral healthcare tips.