General Dentistry in Southfield, MI
Improve Your Oral Health at Dixon Family Dental
When it comes to your oral health, the best practice is prevention. By focusing on preventive care, both your oral health and your smile’s appearance can stay in pristine condition for a lifetime. At Dixon Family Dental, Dr. Daniels-Dixon provides high-quality general dentistry services for the entire family. The team at our family dental practice is ready to help you achieve sparkling clean teeth with regular dental cleanings, examinations, and other preventive treatments.
Learn more about general dentistry and how we can help get your oral hygiene back on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of your overall oral health. At our Southfield dental office, our general dentistry services will keep your smile healthy and ward off common problems including tooth decay, gum disease, and more. We recommend visiting our dental office at least twice a year for a thorough teeth cleaning and examination.
Our General Dentistry Services
Teeth Cleanings & Exams
Regular teeth cleanings and exams are fundamental for maintaining great oral health and a beautiful smile. Once every six months, our talented dental hygienists will give you a thorough teeth cleaning to rid your mouth of any built-up plaque and tartar. We’ll also check your teeth, gums, and cheeks for any signs of underlying oral health conditions. If we detect signs of disease, Dr. Daniels-Dixon will create a customized treatment plan and keep you informed every step of the way.
Scheduling regular dental cleanings is important for protecting those hard-to-reach areas that are easy to miss at home. Our trained hygienists will use special dental tools to clean your teeth and gums completely, ensuring that your mouth is free of bacteria. Oftentimes, these cleanings are enough to reverse the effects of tooth decay and gum disease.
Once a year, our dental team at Dixon Family Dental will take digital X-rays to capture more detailed images of your oral structures. With digital X-rays, Dr. Daniels-Dixon can spot any areas of concern, often before you even experience symptoms. Best of all, digital dental X-rays emit 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays.
As the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, periodontal disease can greatly affect your oral health. During your routine appointment, one of our Southfield team members will examine your gums for any signs of periodontal disease.
Our expert team can detect even the most subtle cases of gum disease. We offer effective periodontal treatments to ensure your oral health can get back on track. If you feel you may be suffering from gum disease, these are the most common symptoms to look out for:
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Swollen, tender, and bleeding gums
- Widening gaps between teeth
- Lengthened teeth or receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
If your child is prone to cavities, dental sealants can help protect their teeth from unwanted bacteria. Dental sealants are applied to the back molars, creating a protective barrier between the teeth and bacteria to prevent tooth decay. While we typically recommend sealants for children, they can be a great preventive measure for patients of any age.
Oral Cancer Screenings
An oral cancer screening is a diagnostic measure that’s performed yearly to check for any signs of oral cancer. This quick and simple examination is done by Dr. Daniels-Dixon and can be completed at your routine visits. She’ll check your head, mouth, gums, teeth, and neck to ensure you’re free of any symptoms related to oral cancer. When caught early on, oral cancer is a highly treatable disease.
Fluoride treatments are an additional way to protect your teeth against bacteria and decay. These treatments work by remineralizing your tooth’s enamel that’s been broken down by plaque buildup over time. Our fluoride treatments are a highly concentrated solution that’s applied with a swab, tray, or mouthwash at the end of your routine tooth cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Even if you take extraordinary care of your teeth, you still need to visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. There are hard-to-reach areas in the mouth that most of us can’t clean at home. However, thanks to their tools and training, our hygienists can rid those areas of plaque and tartar.
Visiting a general dentist also allows our dental team to check for any oral health conditions that may not exhibit clear warning signs. For example, sometimes a cavity won’t hurt until it requires treatment. When you come into our Southfield office once every six months, we’ll make sure your teeth are clean and your oral health stays intact.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Daniels-Dixon, call us at (248) 552-0223.
Your oral health is best maintained by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. In addition to maintaining a pristine oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to visit us at Dixon Family Dental once every six months for regular appointments.
Here are a few other ways you can further support your oral health:
- Use oral care products that contain fluoride
- Brush your teeth before bed
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Limit sugary and acidic foods
- Eat tooth-healthy foods
While brushing your teeth removes food particles, bacteria, and plaque from the surface of your teeth, it fails to get the spaces in between them. Unfortunately, toothbrushes aren’t able to reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. That’s why daily flossing is so important. Flossing not only helps clean between the teeth and gumline but also disrupts the buildup of plaque colonies, preventing damage to your oral health.
At your routine dental visits, our Southfield dental team will perform a thorough examination and same-day teeth cleaning to ensure a healthy smile. Your teeth cleaning will consist of us removing any built-up plaque and tartar to avoid the risk of tooth decay.
Your full-mouth examination will include noninvasive visual and physical inspections, digital X-rays if needed, and an oral cancer screening. We’ll also recommend other preventive treatments, such as dental sealants if we feel your oral health would benefit. If we notice any signs of underlying issues, we’ll let you know and create a customized treatment plan as soon as possible.
We Care About Your Oral Health at Dixon Family Dental
At Dixon Family Dental, we want all of our patients to enjoy beautiful smiles and excellent oral health. By visiting our Southfield, MI family dental practice twice a year, or once every six months, we can help keep your teeth clean and your oral health superb. To schedule your routine visit, simply call our office at (248) 552-0223. You can also fill out our online contact form, and one of our staff members will get back to you shortly.