General dentistry

Understanding General Dentistry: Your Comprehensive Guide to Dental Care

Welcome to our website on general dentistry, where we delve into the various aspects of dental care to help you understand its importance and the services it encompasses and the services we offer. Whether you are seeking routine check-ups, dealing with dental issues, or simply curious about maintaining oral health, this guide aims to provide clarity on what general dentistry entails.

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry serves as the foundation of dental care, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health issues. Goodman specializing in general dentistry makes him become your primary oral healthcare provider, offering a broad range of services to patients of all ages.

Key Aspects of General Dentistry:

  1. Preventive Care:

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Routine dental visits allow dentists to monitor your oral health, detect any issues early, and provide preventive treatments like cleanings and fluoride applications.
  • This is usually provided by a professional called a dental hygienist.
  • Dental Hygiene Education: Dentists educate patients on proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing techniques, flossing, and the importance of a balanced diet. Dental education is key to a healthy mouth.
  1. Diagnostic Services:

  • X-rays and Imaging: Dentists use X-rays and imaging techniques to assess oral health, identify cavities, bone loss, and other dental problems.
  • Oral Examinations: Comprehensive oral exams help dentists evaluate the overall health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.In our office we use state of the art low radiation x rays and laser diagnostic tools to diagnose cavities.
  1. Restorative Treatments:

  • Fillings: Used to repair cavities and restore damaged teeth. We only use white fillings called bonding or composite. Our compsoute is free of BPA and free of Phthalates. These are hormone interrupters.
  • Crowns and Bridges: Restorative solutions for repairing or replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. We typically use an impression or digital scanner (no radiation) to take an impression to send to our lab. We use porcelain, zirconia or gold.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Treatment for infected or inflamed tooth pulp to save a tooth from extraction.
  1. Gum Disease Management:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: Deep cleaning procedures to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline. this can not be replaced by regular tooth brushing at home.
  • Periodontal Therapy: Treatment for gum disease to prevent further damage to the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
  1. Emergency Dental Care:

  • Immediate treatment for dental emergencies such as toothaches, broken teeth, or dental trauma.
  1. Oral Cancer Screenings:

  • Regular screenings to detect early signs of oral cancer for timely intervention and treatment. In case of any susp[ecious lesion, we refer to an oral surgeon for a biopsy.

Why General Dentistry Matters:

Maintaining good oral health through regular visits to a general dentist is essential for all several reasons:

  • Prevention of dental problems before they escalate into more serious issues.
  • Early detection of oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.
  • Restoration of oral function and aesthetics through restorative treatments.
  • Improvement of overall health, as oral health is linked to systemic health conditions.


General dentistry forms the cornerstone of oral healthcare, emphasizing preventive measures, timely diagnosis, and effective treatment to promote optimal oral health. No cosmetic dentistry can be done without general dentistry as a foundation first.

By choosing us as a trusted general dentist and prioritizing regular dental visits, you can safeguard your smile and overall well-being for years to come.

Remember, your smile is your best asset, and investing in your oral health through general dentistry is a decision you won't regret. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support.



Dr. Joseph M. Goodman, DDS Beverly Hills Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Advanced Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. 2nd Floor at 241 1/2 S. Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212