Dr. Maria Benefield places an emphasis on patient education as part of the preventive dental care program at her Sandy Springs GA family dentist office. Providing comprehensive, patient focused care means that patients are treated as individuals, with different needs and goals when it comes to their dental health. She and her staff do not take a “one size fits all” approach to their dentistry, but take the time to understand the factors affecting each patient’s oral health.
As a partner in your health care, Dr. Benefield seeks to provide personalized dental care and oral hygiene advice that can help you achieve and enjoy a lasting smile. There are several important factors that affect the health of your smile, including:
- Routine preventive dental care
- Daily oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing
- A healthy, nutritious diet
- Medical concerns and conditions
When you visit with us twice a year, or as recommended, it enables Dr. Benefield and her staff to monitor your oral health, looking for early warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease or other health concerns that may have oral symptoms. Early treatment is often conservative and can avoid more complex problems down the road.
Tooth decay and cavities remain common concerns for both children and adults, and can often be prevented with good oral hygiene. If you are prone to tooth cavities, Dr. Benefield will make recommendations for appropriate products and at home care to minimize decay and damage to the teeth. The two most important things you can do to reduce your risk of tooth decay are daily brushing and flossing. This removes food particles and bacteria from the surface of the teeth and gums and between teeth.
Dr. Benefield offers dental services to both prevent and treat tooth cavities:
- Dental sealants: available for children and adults, dental sealants are placed on the larger teeth with grooved biting surfaces to help prevent decay
- Dental fillings: Dr. Benefield offers several types of dental fillings to restore dental health