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General Dentistry

Safety for Your Smile Is Only a Call Away

Your smile is the only one you get, so make sure you take care of it with general dentistry offerings from Smile Design Dental in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Petrosino, a  Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, can be your partner in achieving healthy gums and mouth.


What is general dentistry?

General dentistry is the type of dentistry that everyone has experienced at one point or another in their lifetime. This includes regular dental exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, cavity detection, and oral cancer screenings. Gum disease treatment also falls under the umbrella of general dentistry. This is crucial as almost half the adult population suffers from some level of gum disease. Staying ahead of this disease is critical in making sure your smile remains safe.

What do athletic mouthguards do?

Most people think mouthguards are only good for protecting your teeth from getting knocked out during a sports competition. This is actually only one of the benefits these devices offer. Athletic mouthguards help to evenly distribute the biting force that occurs during sporting activities. This lessens the strain on your teeth and jaw, which in turn lessens the chances of  teeth chipping, cracking, and breaking and of TMJ injury. There is also a benefit for those wearing traditional braces, as the mouthguard will protect the inside of your lips from injury should they get pushed into your teeth. There is even research that suggests that mouthguards can help protect you from concussions. All of these benefits go over and above just keeping your teeth from getting knocked out.

What will my dental exam and cleaning be like?

Your appointment at Smile Design Dental will start with either you filling out paperwork or turning in the new patient paperwork that you completed at home. Once your paperwork is in, you will be taken back to an exam room. A hygienist will go over your teeth and conduct X-rays. Your hygienist will then thoroughly clean your teeth and make note of any area of concern for Dr. Petrosino. Top-rated Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino will use the X-rays and notes from the hygienist to assess your dental condition. If you have an issue, we will develop a treatment plan together to get your smile taken care of. If you don’t, we will simply schedule your next routine appointment. We always have on-time scheduling, so there is no need to worry about your schedule getting messed up with a longer than expected dental appointment.

Why do my gums bleed after brushing and flossing?

Your gums should not bleed while you are brushing or flossing them. This is most often a symptom of gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease. Gum disease is the number one killer of adult teeth, and it should not be taken lightly. Tell trusted Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino if you have any type of bleeding when you brush or floss. She can use scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), as well as antibiotics, to help treat your gum disease.

How often should I see Dr. Petrosino?

You should come in to see us for your regular dental exam and cleaning every six months. This gives  Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Petrosino a chance to stay ahead of any developing issues with your smile and keep it healthy.

Call our Smile Design Dental office in Newburgh, NY today at 845-670-5423 to schedule your appointment. You can schedule an appointment online as well.