General dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (the jaw and face) region of the body. General dentistry goes beyond the treatment of tooth pain or discomfort in the oral region. Ideally, dentistry is preventative. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist regularly – at least once every six months – to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment.
Along with dentists, a number of other professionals assist with oral care including dental technicians, therapists, hygienists and assistants. Depending on which treatment you need, you may only require the attention of one or two of these professionals at a time.