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Updated on November 6, 2010

There are many different reasons to shop around for the best dentists, both in the realm of medical and cosmetic. The primary purpose dentists serve are medical, the health and care of your teeth being of utmost importance when compared to all other factors. There are many diseases that the teeth can be afflicted by, starting from the basics such as swelling of the gums and gingivitis. Proper dental care and visits to dentists can prevent and alert you to gingivitis before it can progress into something more serious, such as periodontal disease.

Even seemingly simple tasks for dentists, such as identifying and filling cavities, is extremely important to maintain the health of the tooth, gums and jaw where the tooth is attached. There are some serious complications and ill effects on overall health that can arise from infections and other tooth related issues. This is why it is important to choose carefully the dentists that are allowed to work on your mouth.

Extremely popular are the many procedures and advancements made in the realm of cosmetic dentistry. Nearly every manner of tooth defect can be modified and corrected by a number of procedures performed by dentists. On the simpler end of the spectrum are tooth whitenings done by dentists in a single visit. This usually involves bleaching chemicals and exposure to bright or ultraviolet lights to speed the process along. Some cosmetic modifications are far more involved, such as caps or veneers. Veneers are a common way to resurface an entire mouthful of teeth. When done perfectly, the veneers create a brand new, flawless smile, but the underlying teeth may have to be modified in such a way that the teeth themselves may become damaged. So, for either cosmetic dentistry or basic medical needs, it is important to shop around different dentists before deciding on the one that is right for you.


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