General & Family Dentistry

Oral health fundamentals.

General dentistry is the branch that focuses on the prevention of oral infection and injury. You can keep your smile healthy for a lifetime when you’re armed with knowledge and the right tools!

Regular examinations, screenings, and cleanings can give you peace of mind.

But prevention is a team effort that requires your diligence at home!

Floss, brush, rinse, repeat

We’re sorry if we sound like a broken record and oral hygiene routines feel like a chore to maintain, but their importance can’t be overstated. Performed properly, brushing and flossing keep plaque and bacteria from building up and causing infection and decay.

Oral hygiene how-to

  • Curve your floss around each tooth in a c-shape; avoid snapping it up and down.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently at a 45-degree angle in small, circular motions.
  • If you like using a rinse, make sure it’s alcohol-free, as alcohol causes dry mouth.
  • After eating or drinking beverages like coffee, swish and spit water to reduce acidity.

Dentists can use lasers to help you fight bacteria that cause gum disease!

Laser cleanings zap bacteria

When we use the word zap, we mean that it’s pretty effortless and fast to perform laser cleanings! Using a laser means your cleanings are precise, with only diseased gum tissue being removed from around the roots of your teeth.

Benefits of laser cleanings

  • Laser cleanings are virtually painless, so anesthesia may not be necessary.
  • Lasers target only diseased tissue, so more healthy tissue remains intact.
  • Minimal or no bleeding, which eliminates the risk of pathogens traveling.
  • Your recovery time should be very short and free from swelling or irritation!

Schedule an exam today!

To be sure your hard work is paying off, come see us. We’ll let you know if you could benefit from a laser cleaning or if there’s anything to be concerned about—or just congratulate you on a job well done!

Oral cancer causes over 9,750 deaths per year in the United States.

Oral cancer screenings

That amounts to one death per hour. A large part of the reason oral cancer claims so many lives is because it’s often detected in later stages. That’s why we screen our patients during each examination and provide you with the information you need.

Oral cancer facts & figures

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been listed as a higher risk than tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Abstaining from tobacco use, drinking in moderation, and avoiding excessive sun exposure can reduce your risk.
  • 25% of people diagnosed with oral cancer present without the common risk factors.

Protect your smile from injury while you play… and while you sleep!

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For the most protection

If you or a loved one play contact sports without wearing a mouthguard, your smile could be in danger of serious injury. On a similar note, if you grind your teeth and clench your jaw in your sleep, you could be wearing down your enamel.

Mouthguards & nightguards

  • According to the ADA, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented by mouthguards.
  • Mouthguards can prevent knocked-out teeth, but also soft tissue lacerations.
  • Nightguards can protect your teeth from wear and your jaw from dysfunction.
  • Professional, customized mouthguards made by your dentist provide the most comfort and durability.

Protect your smile from harm.

Schedule a visit with us to learn more about oral cancer prevention and detection, and to get yourself or your loved ones fitted for custom mouthguards or nightguards for safe, happy smiles!

Extra protection is available for those still developing their hygiene routines.

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Seal in some safety

Dental sealants can provide a layer of protection from cavities for adults with an increased susceptibility to decay and children still learning how to brush. They’re safe, painless, fast to apply, and the best part? Sealants reduce the risk of decay by almost 80%!

Successful sealants

  • Sealants are easily brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars.
  • Your sealants will be hardened to your teeth with a special light.
  • Sealants can blend in seamlessly with your (or your child’s) smile.
  • The seals help protect enamel from erosion, but hygiene routines must be kept up!

We look forward to caring for you.

Whatever your family’s general dentistry needs are, your Bear family dentists, Dr. Weidong Yang and Dr. Emma Yang are happy to serve you. Schedule your visits today—we offer family block appointments, too!

We’re here for you.
(302) 205-0885

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