Staying on top of your oral health doesn’t just mean you brush and floss regularly. It’s important that you get routine dental care. Jeremy Haider, DMD, of Haider Family Dentistry in Salem, Oregon, is committed to helping you maintain a healthy mouth. He offers expert general dental care including cleanings, X-rays, oral exams, and fillings, to name a few. Call the office or book your appointment online today.
Regular dental cleanings are usually recommended two times per year, although it does vary by patient. Even if you have the most by-the-book cleaning regimen at home, you still need to be seen by a dentist regularly.
Routine exams and cleanings allow Dr. Haider to keep tabs on your oral health and see if anything abnormal is lingering below your gum line. He can remove stuck-on plaque and correct early decay before a deep cavity forms.
General dentistry, as the name implies, involves all areas of oral care. Dr. Haider can provide restorative services, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges. He even can correct problems from trauma, such as a broken or dislodged tooth.
One of the most important jobs in general dentistry is prevention. Dr. Haider can teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums at home, or provide dental sealants to further protect your teeth.
At Haider Family Dentistry, Dr. Haider offers fillings for decayed teeth. You might also need a filling for other issues, including:
Fillings can be tooth-colored, metal amalgam, or gold. The type recommended will depend on where the filling is going and your personal preferences. Tooth-colored fillings are especially appropriate for front teeth that are damaged, while metal or gold fillings may be recommended to back teeth because they are more durable.
Part of general dentistry includes gathering your entire medical history. Dr. Haider needs to know if you have chronic medical conditions or take prescription medications since those might impact your oral health. He’ll often use imaging, like x-rays, to check for decay or abnormalities below your gum line. Also, you’ll likely have to bite down a few times while he looks into your mouth, so he can see if you have any issues with biting, chewing, or swallowing.
If you’re at risk for developing oral cancer — if it runs in your family — he can screen you during an exam to check for warning signs of development. All of these diagnostic tools and screenings can help keep your teeth healthy for the rest of your life.
To learn more about general dentistry, book an appointment online or over the phone with Haider Family Dentistry today.