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General Dentistry

Comprehensive Family Dentistry located in Grandview College area, Des Moines, IA

General Dentistry services offered in Grandview College area, Des Moines, IA

General dentistry includes all the necessary services you need to achieve and maintain a healthy, happy smile. Scott McPherson, DDS, of Ballpark Heights Family Dental in Des Moines, Iowa, offers the full range of general dentistry services, helping patients of all ages move closer to ideal dental health and hygiene. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one using the online booking feature today.

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry is a term that encompasses all routine dental services. All dentists undergo extensive general dentistry training, then some, like Dr. McPherson, choose to pursue additional training and experience in advanced procedures. 

Preventive dentistry is a central focus within general dentistry. This field of dentistry seeks to avoid dental decay and disease by maintaining solid dental hygiene. 

Conversely, restorative care addresses issues of decay and disease when they arise. Ballpark Heights Family Dental relies on state-of-the-art technology for all diagnostic and treatment, including the best restorations. Crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, and dental implants are all restorations. 

Not all dentists offer cosmetic treatments, but Dr. McPherson believes that confidence in your smile is essential. He offers the latest cosmetic tools and techniques to create beautiful, natural-looking smiles. 

What role do check-ups play within general dentistry?

Routine dental exams, or check-ups, are the cornerstone of great dental health. These visits allow Dr. McPherson to check your teeth and gums for signs of concern. 

If he finds evidence of decay or gum disease, prompt treatment corrects the issue before it becomes more serious. Cavities are common, and when caught early, fillings only extend into the outermost layers of teeth. 

Dental exams also include a thorough check of the soft tissues within your mouth. Oral cancer is a serious matter; in some cases, it progresses rapidly. Dr. McPherson knows exactly what to look for, and if there are areas of concern, he guides you toward more advanced screening options. 

What can I do to maintain good dental hygiene at home?

The steps you take to clean your teeth and gums each day make a world of difference in your overall dental health. After all, even if you come in for professional cleanings twice a year, plaque and tartar pose a risk each day. 

Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and high-quality toothpaste twice a day is critical to maintaining good dental hygiene. Flossing is also important and removes plaque, bacteria, and food particles your toothbrush can’t reach. 

A good mouthwash can help control oral bacteria and protect your tooth enamel while also freshening your breath. 

To schedule an appointment with the team at Ballpark Heights Family Dental, call the office or request an appointment online today. 

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Ballpark Heights Dental. Our team of skilled clinicians follow a comprehensive approach to ensure that every new and returning patient is given personalized care and quality dental services. We are interested in you not just your teeth and want to ensure each trip to the dentist is as comfortable and stress free as possible. We offer all the treatments that you would expect from a family dentist plus we have a particular interest in the following: