Decatur general dentistry is the key to maintaining excellent oral health, but it’s good for your overall health, too. The same bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Dr. Charles Betts doesn’t just examine teeth, though. He also performs a screening for oral cancer and may make nutritional recommendations to help you maintain a healthy mouth – and healthier lifestyle. As Vice President of the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry, he understands the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to preventive dental care.General Dentistry by Dr. Charles F. Betts Read Transcript
As a general dental practice we provide a wide range of services. Obviously, we do examinations and clean teeth which people expect. We also do a lot to restore smiles. That would be everything from fillings to crowns and bridges to restoring implants to making partials and complete dentures. Just a wide range of services for patients to have a comfortable, healthy smile.
Our general dental services include:
- Dental exams to assess your dental health and help you fully understand your smile goals
- Dental cleanings to remove troublesome plaque and tartar from your teeth
- Gum disease treatment to get your gums healthy
- A Hands-On Learning Lab to teach your child about good oral hygiene and put them on the road to a healthy smile
- Dry mouth treatment to relieve this painful condition, which puts you at greater risk for cavities
- Halitosis treatment to determine and treat the underlying cause of bad breath
- Locally made custom mouthguards to protect your teeth during athletic activities or mouthguards to wear at night to prevent teeth grinding
To book a dental exam or other general dentistry service, call 256-274-8680 today. You can schedule both early mornings and late afternoons for your convenience.
Fluoride Gets Rid of Cavities For Adults, Too
Many dental practices offer fluoride applications and dental sealants as a regular part of preventive dental care for children. At Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry, we offer them for adults, too. The anti-decay benefits of these treatments don’t stop when you get a driver’s license!
Dr. Betts performs a risk assessment to help determine how susceptible you are to tooth decay. For those at risk, we use sealants and fluoride treatments to help strengthen and protect your teeth. Sealants are used on back teeth (molars) and other tough-to-clean areas.
Your Family’s Safety Takes Top PrioritySylvia Betts on how oral health affects the rest of the body Read Transcript
I think my first role in the practice is to do whatever needs to be done whenever it needs to be done. I've always been a part of the practice from a business standpoint, and in recent years, I've become a lot more involved in the patient care aspect. My background is nursing and nursing education, and that makes me very passionate about, first of all, patient care. Nurses are always very passionate about making their patients feel comfortable wherever they are. We're also passionate about our patients understanding what they can do to take better care of themselves. I bring that to the practice, I bring that knowledge of healthcare to help the patients win. Now we know so much about the way the health of a person’s mouth affects their whole body. We educate each other on that. I can educate our staff on those health diseases of the rest of the body. That's a good mix — that way we work well together.
Your family’s safety and comfort are top priorities, so we make sure that all of our staff members are trained in necessary health and safety procedures. Their dental knowledge is second to none! Even members of our front office staff are clinicians. From weekly checks and cleanings of all water lines to regular checks of our autoclaves and special wraps on all equipment to ensure it’s sterile, we go the extra mile to ensure cleanliness and safety.