General Dentist in Bethesda, MD
Providing Preventive Dentistry
General dentistry refers to the maintenance of oral health. A healthy, strong smile requires regular maintenance. That’s why Dr. Greenbaum advocates scheduling a comprehensive dental checkup every six months for you and all the members of your family. At each of these appointments, Dr. Greenbaum and his team will examine your teeth, gums, occlusion—how upper and lower teeth fit together—and existing dental work. At this checkup, you’ll also have your teeth cleaned by our dental hygienist. She’ll remove the plaque and tartar buildup that causes bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Then she’ll polish your teeth to a silky smooth and shiny finish.
General Dentistry and Periodontal Disease
As we examine your teeth and gums, we are specifically looking for signs of tooth decay or damage and periodontal disease. Of course, if we find evidence of either of these dental problems, Dr. Greenbaum offers the appropriate treatment. In the case of tooth decay, for example, we will repair the tooth with a tooth-colored filling that is made of composite resin. Not only does this material match the color of your existing teeth, it is also strong and preserves more of the natural structure of your tooth than old-fashioned amalgam fillings.
In the case of periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease, we offer a number of non-surgical treatments to help arrest the advance of this bacterial infection that is not only the leading cause of tooth loss among adult Americans, but may also be a contributing factor in bodily diseases and ailments including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature delivery and low birth weight infants and even Alzheimer’s disease. Our gum disease treatments include:
- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and smooth teeth roots
- Topical antibiotic treatment to fight bacterial infection
- Laser therapy to eliminate bacteria and encourage healthy gum growth
Other Preventive General Dentistry Services
General dentistry has many considerations. Your dental checkup is not only the time for us to monitor your oral health, this is also the time for you to mention any bothersome symptoms you’re having. For example, be sure to speak up if any of your teeth are giving you pain. This may be indicative of a serious condition, such as internal damage or an infection. Either one of these circumstances may necessitate root canal therapy.
Are you feeling tired during the day? Do you have other almost mysterious symptoms such as morning headaches, trouble concentrating and maybe even depression? These can all be a sign of sleep apnea, a chronic condition that momentarily halts breathing repeatedly throughout the night. Dr. Greenbaum can treat this breathing problem with a highly effective oral appliance.
Dr. Greenbaum: the Dentist Bethesda Turns to for Preventive Dental Care
With oral health built on a solid foundation, you’ll enjoy a lifetime of smiles. Come experience the personalized care, quality materials, and contemporary technology that make dental visits rewarding. Call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Greenbaum, the dentist Bethesda trusts for comprehensive general and preventive dentistry. Be sure to visit our gallery and review before-and-after photos while you’re here. Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients from Rockville, Potomac, Chevy Chase, McLean, Northern Virginia, and surrounding areas.