General dentistry provides those services related to the general maintenance of good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums. The practice of general dentistry’s main focus is prevention. A general dentist will devise a dental hygiene plan for you to prevent, recognize and treat your dental problems as early as possible. General dentistry presents the first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. A highly educated and trained general dentist is responsible for the management and coordination of your oral health needs. A qualified general dentist is designated with either DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). A general dentist is responsible for a variety of procedures and treatments including, but not limited to teeth cleaning and whitening, diagnostic tests including x-rays and oral cancer screening, the treatment of gum disease, dental implants, crowns, porcelain veneers, mouth guards, sedation dentistry, and the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ). When the need arises, a general dentist has the ability to refer you to a specialist in the field of dentistry best suited to your requirements. It is recommended you visit your dentist regularly, at least twice a year, along with daily brushing and flossing, to prevent the development of serious dental problems that may require costly and painful treatment. If you live in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area and you are seeking a general dentist, please contact the experienced dental team at the Aesthetic Dental Studio today and allow them to assist you in caring for your teeth and gums.