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General & Family Dentistry

General Dentistry in Carlsbad, CA

Oceanside Family-Centered General Dentistry

Your teeth and gums do important work including allowing you to eat and helping you communicate. Unfortunately, age, injury, and poor dental hygiene can damage your teeth.

Teeth and gum health are essential to your daily function and are linked to your whole body health. Poor teeth and gum health increase a patient’s risk of heart disease, pregnancy complications, and stroke.


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When your smile needs maintenance, our dentists are here to provide excellent general dentistry. General dentistry uses preventive dentistry and early treatment to keep your smile strong.

Call us today to set up your next appointment and avoid future health problems!

Why You Need General Dentistry

Regularly scheduling biannual cleanings and exams with Oceanside Dental Excellence will help keep your smile looking and feeling great! Preventative measures like cleanings and exams can protect your teeth from the following:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth infections
  • Impacted teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Unusual sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Painful chewing

When issues do occur, we have many treatment options for all sorts of dental ailments. Children especially need general dentistry treatments to make sure their mouths are developing correctly.

If you are concerned with any changes in your oral health call our office!

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Choose Oceanside Dental Excellence for the Whole Family!

At Oceanside Dental Excellence, you can expect exceptional, detailed care for your entire family from our dentists and staff.

At our office, we want all our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed during their visit. Routine dental appointments are one of the best ways to prevent dental problems. We administer a gentle teeth cleaning that will remove plaque from your teeth and gums. Our ultrasonic teeth cleaning tools will prevent gum disease and tooth pain down the road.

Oceanside Dental Excellence wants to be your family dentist. Appointments every 3–6 months can make a huge difference in the oral health of you and your kids.

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The talented dentists and caring team at Oceanside Dental Excellence are committed to providing outstanding care to each patient. We look forward to helping you love and care for your smile. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!

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Issues Treated By Oceanside Dental Excellence

Plaque and Tartar

Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on a tooth’s surface. Plaque develops when food is left on teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are excellent deterrents for plaque.

Tartar is the hard buildup that forms if plaque is not removed. It cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Tartar and plaque contribute to the formation of both cavities and gum disease.

We use state-of-the-art hygiene protocols to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible, removing all the plaque and tartar.


Cavities are a common occurrence for many patients. A cavity is an area of permanent dental decay on your tooth that creates an opening and exposes the softer dentin beneath. Cavities are painful and will continue to grow until treated.

Good oral hygiene at home along with regular dental visits protect against cavities.

During your general dentistry checkup, we will look for signs of decay and cavities, oral cancer, and tooth wear and tear. We can provide tooth-colored dental fillings for patients with cavities. Our dental fillings and other restorations are biocompatible and carefully matched to your natural teeth.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can cause inflammation and irritation to your gums around the base of your teeth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria around your teeth.

Signs of gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Discoloration
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding during brushing/flossing

If left untreated it can develop into a more serious case called periodontitis. Periodontitis damages your gums and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Treatment includes a deep cleaning, lifestyle changes, and laser therapy.


Toothaches that last a few days are the result of minor changes in your mouth that will resolve themselves. Other toothaches occur because of serious problems that require a dentist’s attention. Toothaches are commonly caused by issues such as:

  • Food lodged between your teeth and gums
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Damaged fillings
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Infected gums
  • Erupting teeth
  • Cavities

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Broken teeth pose a risk to your oral health if left alone. Ever wonder how a dentist repairs damaged teeth? Options for tooth repair include:

  • Same-day CEREC crowns to cover and protect a severely damaged tooth
  • Porcelain veneers for surface cracks and chips that need minimal help
  • Dental bonding moldable filling material that can replace sections of a tooth

It’s important to treat chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Leaving these issues can allow bacteria to enter the inner parts of your teeth and cause tooth infections that can quickly spread.

Tooth Appearance

Teeth come in all shapes and sizes, and unfortunately, some of them aren’t the shape or size you want. There are all sorts of cosmetic treatments you can get to improve the look of your teeth. You can create the look you want with cosmetic services.

These services include:

  • Veneers: Make your teeth look smooth, white, and even
  • Invisalign® Clear Braces: Straighten your teeth and close gaps
  • Dental Crowns: Fix broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Dental Implants: Permanently replace missing teeth
  • Teeth Whitening: Whitens your teeth up to 10 shades

Mouth Sores

Most canker sores go away on their own with time. You can speed up the process using over-the-counter products, gargling baking soda water, and avoiding acidic foods. These solutions can help alleviate irritation and promote healing.

If you have long-lasting or recurring mouth sores, it could be a symptom of a serious condition. Seek professional dental care if you notice your canker sores last longer than two weeks.

Want to avoid mouth sores? Make sure to keep your mouth clean and get enough iron in your diet.

Impacted Teeth

Impaction can happen to any tooth if something prevents it from emerging from the gums. Wisdom teeth often become impacted because they very rarely have the room they’d need to grow in fully.

Regular dental appointments can catch impacted teeth before they cause pain, discomfort, or alignment problems. Treatment depends on the location of the tooth and the severity of impaction.

Impacted teeth can be painful and cause other complications. Symptoms of impaction include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Infection
  • Shifting bite
  • Swelling
  • Bad smell around the affected gums

Tooth Erosion

By making and keeping regular appointments with our dentist, you can help prevent dental decay from developing and damaging your tooth structure. Tooth erosion does happen with age, but it doesn’t have to diminish your quality of life.

You can get treatment for dental decay and tooth erosion that repairs tooth damage and protects vulnerable teeth from further harm. The primary treatment is a dental crown, but depending on the condition, we may also recommend root canal therapy, dental fillings, dental bonding, or extraction and replacement.

Oral Cancer Screening

During a regular exam, we perform an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer can be found in anyone, regardless of age, habits, or lifestyle. We want to catch it early if we can.

A regular oral cancer screening can help with early diagnosis and intervention. During your exam, we’ll check for signs and symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Unusually white areas
  • Swelling
  • Sores or abscesses
  • Pain
  • Strange lumps

It’s a good idea to be on the watch for any of these symptoms yourself. If you do start to notice them, you can act quickly to get a dental exam.

What Is a Dental Visit Like?

Digital X-Rays and Imaging

Your bi-annual exam will include dental imaging. This allows our dentist to take a look at what is happening below the surface of your tooth.

Digital x-rays diagnose and treat dental issues before they become serious problems. Digital x-ray imaging decreases patient radiation exposure and can be seen immediately on a computer screen.

With this technology, you can enjoy a collaborative process with the dentist as they can show you on the screen what they’re seeing. You can have a greater understanding of your dental health.


Regular dental checkups include a professional cleaning. Our thorough hygienists clean your teeth by removing any build-up and polishing your teeth so they look and feel their best.

  • Plaque Removal: The plaque removal portion of the cleaning is crucial. We will remove any built-up plaque that could cause oral problems.
  • Flossing: Once that is done, we’ll floss your teeth very thoroughly to make sure we get in between the cracks.
  • Polishing: With special tooth polish, we’ll polish your teeth so they’re sparkly clean.

Oral Exam

During your general dentistry checkup, we will look for signs of decay and cavities, oral cancer, and tooth wear and tear. This exam only takes a few minutes, but it could save you lots of time and money if we catch issues early.

If you don’t have anything to be concerned about, that means you’ve done a fantastic job brushing and flossing your teeth. The more frequently you have these cleaning and exam appointments, the less chance you’ll have of developing oral problems. Patients should schedule an appointment every 6 months.


At the conclusion of your appointment, the dentist will summarize what they found during your exam, what it means for you, and recommended treatments. We’ll also give you some tips on how to customize your oral hygiene routine.

For children, we take a little extra time to make sure they understand the importance of brushing and flossing, as well as the correct way to do both.

General dentistry is all about prevention. That’s what makes these exams so important. We can prevent issues caused by bacteria and treat issues while they're small.

What Are the Best Practices for Good Oral Health?

Our job as dentists is to take care of your oral health. Daily care, biannual professional exams, and a healthy diet are all important aspects of good oral health.

With a good daily hygiene routine and regular checkups, you can rest assured that you are doing what you need to maintain optimum oral health. Early intervention will allow for conservative treatment plans that will keep your smile looking its best.

Brush Twice Daily

Brush for 2 minutes (30 seconds in each quadrant). Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and gently rub in circles; do not “scrub”—this can cause gum tissue recession. Bacteria live on the soft tissues of the mouth as well, so remember to brush them too!

Floss Daily

Floss right before you go to bed. Use about 18 inches of floss and rotate it so each tooth receives a clean section of the floss. Flossing clears bacteria and other debris from between teeth so it doesn’t turn into plaque or tartar and cause problems.


Rinsing with mouthwash every day is a great addition to your oral care. It can help kill harmful bacteria that contribute to bad breath. Avoid any with alcohol as it makes the mouth more acidic, accelerating the erosion of teeth and making them more susceptible to cavities.

Regular Checkups

Setting routine, biannual exams and cleanings will help keep plaque and tartar in check and allow for early intervention if any oral health issues arise. Skipping these appointments could let problems go under the radar and cost you more in the long run.

Other Dental Concerns We Can Help With

Along with preventative measures like regular exams and dental cleanings, general dentistry provides solutions for many dental issues. Early intervention and regular care will keep your teeth healthy.

All of these issues combined can be symptoms of gum disease. Separately, they may have other causes. For instance, brushing too hard can cause them to recede or feel tender.

If a tooth hurts for longer than a week, or if the pain is affecting your routine, you might have a tooth infection or an impacted tooth. Getting care for either issue prevents worse problems.

Permanent teeth should never be loose. Injury or an incoming tooth can knock a permanent tooth loose, and these cases require immediate dental care. There are treatments to stabilize the tooth.

A common symptom of a tooth crack or cavity is tooth sensitivity. The exposed inner parts of the tooth react to cold or hot foods because they’re extra sensitive. Fixing the crack will help the pain.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can become injured quite easily, causing jaw pain when opening and closing the mouth. TMJ disorder has many solutions, depending on the type of injury.

You want to be careful about mouth sores, especially those that last a long time. Sores shouldn’t last longer than two weeks. Sores that stick around or keep coming back could indicate cancer.

Dry mouth can be a symptom of snoring. When you snore, you often have your mouth open for long periods while you sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea treatment can help your mouth stay moist.

Bad breath is caused by bacterial gasses in your mouth. Brushing your teeth frequently usually keeps bad breath at bay. If not, it’s possible you have an infection and should get seen by a dentist.

Pregnancy causes many changes throughout your body, even in your mouth! The risk of gum disease increases during pregnancy! You must maintain regular dental visits while you are pregnant.

Don’t Wait To Improve Your Dental Health—Schedule Now!

Regular visits allow us to identify problems early and prevent bigger issues. If you are looking for a dentist you can trust for all types of dentistry, call Dr. Piper Dankworth, Dr. Stephen Dankworth, and Dr. Kimberly Corrigan-Dankworth at Oceanside Dental Excellence today.

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