A general dentist serves as your primary care dental provider, diagnosing, treating, and managing all of your oral health needs. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental is proud to bring her experience providing top-quality general dentistry to the residents of Mount Gilead, Ohio. If you have any questions about your dental health, or you’d like to schedule a checkup, call her office to book an appointment.
Preventive dental care services have the same purpose as your routine physical exam -- to evaluate your oral health and find any signs of dental problems while they’re still at an early stage.
In addition to protecting your gums and teeth -- correcting cavities before they invade deeply into your tooth, preventing gum disease, and ensuring proper dental alignment -- preventive dental care also protects your overall health.
The inflammation and infection caused by gum disease can get into your bloodstream and cause widespread health problems. In fact, gum disease is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease.
Getting a checkup every six months is recommended in order to maintain optimal dental health. There’s little to fear about your routine exam because it doesn’t include procedures like filling cavities. During your exam, your teeth and gums are visually examined, then you’ll receive:
Plaque and tartar deposits can build up even when you diligently brush and floss. A professional teeth cleaning is the most effective way to remove plaque and tartar and prevent gum disease.
At Morrow County Dental, you don’t have to worry about the slow and tedious manual scraping; you will benefit from a combination therapy of ultrasonic and hand scaling. Ultrasonic teeth cleaning uses a water-driven scaler to remove tartar and plaque and kill harmful bacteria. It’s painless and quicker than traditional hand scaling alone.
If you need X-rays, your exposure to radiation is reduced by up to 90% with digital X-rays taken at Morrow County Dental. Digital X-rays produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly on a monitor.
Intraoral photography will be used to take digital images of your mouth, revealing problems such as cavities, fractures, and discolorations.
Oral cancer is highly treatable when it’s caught early, but can quickly spread when it goes untreated. Screening for oral cancer is performed during your routine exam. It only takes a few minutes and is pain-free.
In addition to routine care like repairing cavities, general dentists provide a wide range of services such as: