Preventative Dentistry Specialist

The Van Orman Dental Group

Jeffrey B. Van Orman, DMD

Dentist located in Southwest Metro Area, Lake Oswego, OR

Even if you consider yourself a pro at brushing and flossing, routine preventive dental exams and cleanings from a professional hygienist are a crucial part of your oral health care plan. Jeffrey Van Orman, DMD and the expert team at the Van Orman Dental Group in Lake Oswego, Oregon provide preventive dentistry services to keep your smile happy and healthy. If you want to avoid serious dental problems through preventive care, call or click online to book an appointment at the Van Orman Dental Group today.

Preventative Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry helps you maintain excellent oral health by avoiding preventable tooth problems, such as decay. Dr. Van Orman and the team at the Van Orman Dental Group believe that achieving a strong smile is a team effort, which is why everyone works with you to customize a preventive care plan for optimal oral health.

Depending on your individual needs, this may include routine dental exams, fluoride treatments,  and teeth cleanings with a professional hygienist once or twice per year.

Why is it important to get routine dental exams?

Many serious oral health problems begin as minor issues that are easier and less expensive to treat. During a routine dental exam, Dr. Van Orman checks your mouth for any signs of decay or other conditions that may require treatment.

Catching these problems early can save you money on more advanced treatments and prevent your condition from worsening.

Why should you get professional teeth cleanings?

Even the most skilled flossers can’t compare with the thorough work of a professional dental hygienist. The expert team at the Van Orman Dental Group uses specialized instruments and mirrors to clean plaque and tartar from areas on your teeth you could never reach on your own.

Regular teeth cleanings offer the following benefits:

  • Fresher breath
  • Cleaner, brighter teeth
  • Reduced risk of cavities or tooth decay
  • Reduced risk of gum disease
  • Removing plaque that has hardened into tartar

What should I expect from a preventive dental visit?

First, a friendly and professional hygienist at the Van Orman Dental Group gently scrapes plaque and tartar from your gum line and in between your teeth. Then, they polish your teeth with a rotating toothbrush and gritty paste. After that, they may use dental floss to remove any remaining paste, or they may apply a fluoride treatment.

After your cleaning, Dr. Van Orman gives you a comprehensive dental exam. This may include the following:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Bite evaluation
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Tooth decay detection
  • Gum and soft tissue evaluation

If he discovers any issues, Dr. Van Orman discusses your best options for treatment.

To schedule a preventive dentistry visit, call the Van Orman Dental Group or book an appointment online today.