General Dentistry

While our skilled dental team is prepared to treat you and your family for a variety of conditions, sometimes it is all about the basics of general dentistry. 

At Atlantis Dental Care, we believe that preventative treatment and regular dental visits are the best way to keep your smile healthy for decades to come. Whether you have been our patient for years or are brand new to our office, we treat everyone like a member of our own family. 

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry refers to the area within the dental field that focuses on the routine care of teeth and the prevention of disease. The majority of practicing dentists are considered general dentists, and many dental offices focus on offering their patients general dentistry services such as routine cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and oral exams, among many others. General dentistry is separate from dental specialties such as cosmetic dentistry or endodontics. 

General dentists typically treat a wide variety of conditions and may offer select services from other dental specialties — for example, teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental service often available at the offices of general dentists — but may also refer patients to outside practices or specialists for issues that are considered complex or severe. Dr. Cantwell and our Boise, ID general dentistry team are skilled in many dental areas and can help treat your smile. 

Can you treat my entire family?

Absolutely! Our Boise, ID dental team is experienced in helping patients of all ages achieve a healthier smile. Dr. Cantwell has five children of his own, which means he takes a particular interest in helping younger patients learn to develop strong oral hygiene habits from a young age. Our office will always do our best to accommodate your busy life, and we make every effort to schedule appointments for entire families on the same day so everyone can be treated during one appointment. Scheduling dental exams and x-rays for the whole family at once makes it that much easier to ensure your loved ones receive the care they deserve.

We are currently accepting new patients from the Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Garden City communities. If you have questions or concerns about the treatment of a specific family member, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our office is open Monday through Thursday of every week. 

How can I improve my oral hygiene at home between dental visits?

One of the most important aspects of general dentistry is the focus on disease prevention. Unfortunately, our office often sees serious dental conditions that could have been easily avoided with proper hygiene and small, simple habits practiced consistently over the years. 

To help your family members improve their oral hygiene and dental habits, begin teaching your children now — no matter how young they are. Strong habits learned during childhood and practiced throughout a lifetime can protect your smile from cavities, periodontal disease, and other damage. 

Teach every member of your family to floss daily and brush every morning and night. Make teeth brushing a family activity, and help small children brush for the entire length of a favorite song to ensure their teeth are getting properly cleaned. Other ways to improve your family’s oral hygiene include replacing sugary drinks like juice and soda with water, keeping mouthwash in bathrooms around the house and encouraging everyone to chew sugar-free gum, which increases the production of saliva to help wash away bacteria. 

How often should I visit the dentist?

The general rule of thumb is for patients to visit the dentist every six months. Keeping with this schedule means you will receive two thorough cleanings and dental exams per year, which helps keep your smile healthy. Dental professionals will monitor the condition of your teeth through x-rays, periodontal probing, oral cancer screenings, and other methods. 

While seeing your Boise, ID general dentist twice every year is a great step toward maintaining a beautiful smile, dentistry is not a one-size-fits-all approach. You may find that due to tooth sensitivity, hereditary concerns, trauma to the mouth, dental crowding or any number of conditions, you wish to visit the dentist more often. While dental x-rays and fluoride treatments cannot be used at every dental appointment, our caring staff is always willing to examine your mouth if you have a specific concern. 

What if I am nervous about visiting the dentist?

If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming dental visit, you are not alone — in fact, fear of the dentist or fear of dental procedures is quite common. Perhaps you had a bad experience at a dentist’s office in the past, or maybe you grew up around a loved one who was afraid of having dental work done. Whatever the reason, we are here to help. 

Many of our Boise general dentistry patients report some level of nervousness or uneasiness surrounding visits to dental offices, which is why Dr. Cantwell designed his entire practice with the comfort of his patients in mind. Dr. Cantwell has a unique love of Roman history that inspired both the name and the beautiful architecture of our Boise, ID office. We have created an inviting and friendly office environment complete with massage chairs and under-the-sea mural artwork. We also offer sedation dentistry to patients who find they need a little extra help remaining calm during procedures or examinations. Contact Bonnie or Lois, our caring patient care coordinators, to learn more about this option. 

Is it too late to make an appointment with your office?

It is never too late to start taking charge of your dental health. We understand that life does not always go according to plan, and sometimes your regular visits to the dentist get pushed aside for one reason or another. Whether it has been a month, a year, or a decade since your last dental exam, we want to help you! At Atlantis Dental, our top-notch care is given to every one of our Boise, ID patients regardless of their dental history or previous circumstances. 

If it has been significantly longer than a year since your last visit to a general dentist, our office will likely begin your treatment by doing a comprehensive work-up of your mouth. This includes obtaining a detailed dental history so that we may either update your chart or create a new chart within our office. At this time, we will also need to obtain basic imaging studies such as bitewings or panoramic x-rays so that the images within your file are current. Your visit will likely then feel largely like any other dental visit you may have had over the years — your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, flossed, polished, and examined, and a follow-up visit will then be scheduled for approximately six months out. If you have not received regular dental care for an extended period of time, please reach out to our front office to discuss any specific concerns you may have. 

Caring General Dentist in Boise, ID

General dentistry may seem simple, but making and keeping regular appointments with your dentist is one of the best things you can do for the long-term health of your smile. Dr. David L. Cantwell and the rest of the team at Atlantis Dental Care believe in the power of preventative medicine and care, and we strive to make our Boise, ID patients feel right at home when they visit our office. Call us today at (208) 938-2468 to begin your journey toward a healthier smile!