What is general dentistry?

General dentistry is a prime focus for all patients at our Essendon dental clinic, as it’s the foundation for ensuring a healthy future and long life for your teeth and gums. We provide extensive general dentistry services covering regular dental hygiene maintenance  and dental check-ups, through to root canals and emergency dental help.

To ensure ongoing tooth and gum health, you begin by developing and maintaining good oral care habits. When you educate yourself about proper tooth and gum care, you’ll also learn about the cause of and treatment for common dental conditions. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to better understand and follow recommendations from your trusted dental professional.

Anatomy of teeth and gums

To familiarise yourself with basic tooth anatomy, look at accompanying diagram which illustrates the parts of a tooth. The diagram also highlights the relationship between teeth and gums.
Anatomy of a tooth

Healthy gingiva (gums) hold teeth in place at the root, and attach them to the gum line to create a seal that blocks bacteria from penetrating sensitive tissue below.

Daily oral care habits

To maintain healthy, well-functioning teeth and gums and to guard against disease, it’s essential that you undertake daily brushing and flossing. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, your dental professional may also recommend the use of an anti-plaque, anti-cavity or antibacterial mouthwash, a plaque fighting toothpaste, a specialty toothbrush, a specialty floss or a power-assisted plaque remover.

Take a look at the brochure below to find out more about how our FirstBite Dental practice can help you maintain a healthy mouth and happy body.

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