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Dentist in LaGrange, GA

As a dentist in LaGrange, Georgia, Patricia Salter, DMD of Choice One Dental Care® specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.

Patricia Salter, DMD

Patricia Salter, DMD graduated dental school in Georgia at Medical College of Georgia in 1986. She attended Gordon College, Macon College, and Abraham Baldwin College for undergraduate degrees. One of her undergraduate degrees was in dental hygiene, which she enjoyed so much that she decided to become a dentist.

She has been in private practice since 1988, after completing a two-year associateship with Dr. Joe Miller in Columbus, Georgia.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. She has had twenty-five years of clinical experience treating children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Salter has achieved master status with the Academy of General Dentistry. This required over five thousand hours of continued post-doctoral education.

Dr. Salter has two children, Nick and Megan, and two Boston Terriers, Ollie and Tess. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, fishing, gardening, songwriting, playing guitar, cooking, and traveling and is a voracious reader.

What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the medical practice dedicated to the examination, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions related to oral health. However, services may not be limited to the health of teeth and gums. At times, examination and treatment may extend to the surrounding structures of the face and jaw.

Who Is a Dentist?

A dentist is an accredited medical professional who specializes in the care of teeth, gums, and mouths. As with most medical professions, a keen eye for detail, comprehensive medical understanding, manual dexterity, and strong interpersonal skills are important. Dentists deal with procedures that involve actual manipulation of the teeth or gums.

What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is an oral health professional dedicated to the examination, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health conditions of the teeth and gums in children from infancy through the teen years. The practice usually requires additional training specific to juvenile needs.

Why Is Visiting the Dentist So Important?

In addition to ensuring a pleasant smile, regular dental visits can serve as a barometer of overall health. There is a one-to-one correlation between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health and gum disease can lead to heart disease and stroke. Gum disease has also been linked to various types of cancers. These are typically cancers of the mouth and organs. It has been reported that nearly 90% of all organ cancers have their roots in poor oral hygiene.

My Teeth Feel Fine. Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?

Yes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to avoid gum disease is to prevent it. Gum disease and tooth decay are processes that generally start with plaque buildup which is impossible to detect with the naked eye. If left untreated, plaque turns into tarter that can only be removed by specialists trained to do so. Regular dental checkups provide you a professional diagnosis of your oral health as well as instruction to maintain or improve hygiene.

At What Age Should I Start Taking My Child to See the Dentist?

Tooth decay can happen as soon as that first tooth appears. The rule of thumb is that a child should see a pediatric dentist for the first time six months after their first tooth erupts. A child will typically begin getting their first set of teeth around the six or seven-month mark, so their first trip to the dentist should be right around their first birthday. Taking your child to the dentist at such a young age will promote a lifetime of good oral care habits and help prevent problems such as tooth decay. It will also help teach you how to effectively clean and protect your child’s mouth against cavities and get your child accustomed to seeing a dentist, which will only help alleviate stress and anxiety over them having to go for future visits.

How Often Should I See the Dentist?

Healthcare professionals strongly recommend you see your dentist two times per year for optimum oral health. This can ensure prevention, detection, and treatment of diseases should they develop.

To make an appointment to see LaGrange dentist Patricia Salter, DMD of Choice One Dental Care®, contact her today.