Family Dentistry Specialist

Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS

Dentist located in Riverside, CA

Having good oral health is a lifetime endeavor, and having a skilled family dentist makes the task a lot easier. Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, is an experienced family dentistry practitioner, offering comprehensive care options to help kids and adults in Riverside, California, enjoy optimal oral health at every age. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Family Dentistry Q & A

What does a family dentist do?

As a family dentist, Dr. Lindegren is trained in all the procedures designed to identify, evaluate, and treat oral health problems in both adults and children, including the unique needs of children and seniors. Dr. Lindegren is also skilled in providing care to those of any age with dental anxiety or special needs.

Family dentists are experienced in checkups, cleanings, and other preventive care options, as well as restorations like fillings, crowns, and bridges.

What happens during a dental cleaning and checkup appointment?

Checkups and cleanings begin with a review of any symptoms or concerns that you may have, followed by a brief visual evaluation. Then, the hygienist or Dr. Lindegren will use special instruments and mild abrasives to gently clean the surface of each tooth, including the area along the gum line where plaque, tartar and disease-causing bacteria tend to collect.

When Dr. Lindegren or your hygienist finds an area where your home care routine may be falling short, they can provide helpful tips to help you improve your routine to keep your teeth and gums healthier between appointments.

Once the cleaning is complete, Dr. Lindegren will assess each tooth individually to look for signs of decay or other issues, then provide you with a treatment plan based on those findings. Digital X-rays may also be provided.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Patients of all ages, from young kids to seniors, should have professional cleanings and checkups every six months — even young children who have no adult or permanent teeth and adults who have complete upper and lower dentures. Seeing Dr. Lindegren every six months is important for identifying issues in their earliest stages when treatment is easiest and least costly. Plus, it provides regular opportunities for oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, sealant application, denture adjustments, and other routine care.

Why are dental X-rays important?

Dental X-rays provide critical information about the tooth roots and the portion of the tooth below your gum line, as well as the underlying jaw bone, which are areas that cannot be adequately evaluated during a routine visual exam. For kids, digital X-rays also help identify potential crowding issues that may be addressed even before the adult teeth emerge, helping kids avoid the need for prolonged orthodontic care in the future.

If you’re looking for an experienced family dentist that you can trust, call Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, or use the online booking tool to schedule your first appointment.