General Dentistry

General Dentistry | Woodshore Family Dentistry

At Woodshore Family Dentistry, we offer various general dentistry treatments such as preventative dentistry, teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, TMD/TMJ treatments, scaling & root planing, pediatric dentistry, and bruxism teeth grinding treatments.


General Dentistry

General Dentistry refers to a range of dental services that help you prevent or diagnose oral and dental issues before they become serious. At Woodshore Family Dentistry, we offer various general dentistry treatments such as preventative dentistry, teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, TMD/TMJ treatments, scaling & root planing, pediatric dentistry, and bruxism teeth grinding treatments. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of these dental treatments.


Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry includes a wide range of treatments that can help you avoid dental issues. If you don’t take proper care of your oral health — which includes regular dental appointments — you can fall prey to gum disease and other dental issues. Preventative dentistry includes procedures and treatments like oral cancer screening, dental exams, scaling and root planing, and various others. You should seek preventative dentistry services at least once every 3 to 6 months.


Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning doesn’t just refer to your personal oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing. Professional teeth cleaning, also known as deep cleaning or dental cleaning, is a procedure conducted by a general dentist or a dental hygienist.

While it’s necessary to brush and floss your teeth regularly, they’re not enough to stave off all dental diseases. Food particles can still get stuck between your teeth or in other hard-to-reach places. These food particles eventually turn into plaque, which then transforms into a substance called tartar. The accumulation of plaque and tartar leads to bacterial decay, which leads to cavities and gum disease.

You need to go for regular teeth cleaning appointments so that the dental hygienist can remove all of the accumulated plaque and tartar through a procedure called scaling. The dentist will use a scaler device to remove all of the accumulated plaque and also examine your teeth for signs of gum disease. After removing the plaque and tartar, the dentist will brush your teeth using an abrasive toothpaste and then rinse your mouth with a fluoride solution that will kill all the bacteria. Finally, the dentist will apply a fluoride paste to your teeth and make you wear a mouthguard for a few minutes to strengthen your teeth and protect it against bacterial infections for a few months.


Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer or mouth cancer can happen to anyone, but some of the leading risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, tobacco consumption in any form, excessive alcohol consumption, and sustained exposure to direct sunlight. Oral cancer, like all cancers, is a progressive disease and it gets worse with time. If your oral cancer progresses to an advanced stage, then it can only be treated with complex surgeries and through invasive methods that aren’t even sure to work. That’s why you need to seek oral cancer treatment the moment you notice the slightest signs of oral cancer.

That’s where oral cancer screening comes in. Dentist oral cancer screening refers to a series of tests that a dentist conducts to determine if you have any precancerous conditions or even early signs of oral cancer. The dentist first starts with a visual examination of your mouth and your oral cavities to look for bumps, red and white patches, or other similar signs. Following that, the dentist uses physical examination to touch various parts of your oral cavity to look for bumps and cancerous lesions. The dentist also uses screening tests and devices. For example, the dentist may flash a special light into your oral cavity that has the ability to make all abnormalities appear white.

Once the dentist detects oral cancer, you need to seek treatment immediately because it spreads and gets worse rapidly.



The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of the head, below the ears. It connects the jaw to the rest of the face and facilitates all of the jaw movements that allow you to eat, speak, etc. The TMJ, however, is also susceptible to injuries and damage caused by various factors, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). When you suffer from TMD, you experience sharp jaw pain, chronic pain in different parts of your face, earaches and headaches, a clicking and popping sound in your jaws whenever you move them, and various other issues. In order to treat TMJ disorder, the dentist has to first identify the root cause of the TMD and address it through medicinal, therapeutic, or even surgical options.


Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are both extremely simple procedures to treat gum disease and periodontitis. Scaling is a procedure during which the dental hygienist uses a scalar device to scrape off all the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and your gums. If you’re suffering from periodontitis, you may also have pockets of space between your gums and teeth. The dentist uses the root planing procedure to smoothen the root surface, which removes all of the accumulated plaque, tartar, and bacteria, and then reattaches the gums to the teeth. Scaling and root planing are the best non-invasive methods to treat gum disease.

Pediatric Dentistry

A pediatric dentist is a general dentist who has undergone special training to treat dental issues in children such as dental caries, the problems that occur when permanent teeth start coming in, and other complications that are unique to children’s teeth. Pediatric dental care clinics are also designed to appear bright and colorful for children so that they don’t get scared. You should bring your children to a pediatric dentist as soon as their first baby teeth come in and then continue going for regular dental checkups.

Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a condition in which you keep grinding your teeth or teeth clenching. This can happen during the day, at night, or both as well. There may be several root causes of bruxism — stress-related causes, physiological causes, underlying disorders, and genetic factors. A dentist must diagnose the root cause of your dental bruxism teeth grinding and then treat it using minimally invasive solutions. In most cases, dentists recommend you wear a mouth guard that protects your teeth from the constant teeth clenching and gnashing. It’s necessar


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Paul S.

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Kurstie P.

Hadn’t been to the dentist in 3 years because I just didn’t like it… tried this one out. Very kind and professional staff, friendly, outgoing, made me feel welcome. Definitely would recommend this dentist

Meena D.

The office is very clean and my daughter loved the tv in the ceiling to watch while her work was being done. Thanks again to the staff and doctor for making her feel comfortable.

Michael J.

Great customer service from check in to check out! It was my daughter’s first dental appointment and the staff made her very comfortable!

Santanna W.

The staff was very welcoming and friendly! Dr. Pattni explained my plan thoroughly and made sure I was comfortable during my treatment which I really appreciated. They also perform orthodontic work at affordable prices which is great because now I only have to go to one office for all of my dental needs. Not to mention the decor, ambiance, and state-of-the-art equipment is truly exceptional! Will definitely be coming back!

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At Woodshore Family Dentistry, we offer various general dentistry services to deal with a number of dental issues and also prevent dental issues from occurring at all. For more information, please schedule an appointment today.