Preventive dentistry is the practice of educating patients and helping them choose treatments that will make their teeth last a lifetime. Dr. Orander’s conservative approach to dentistry means he would prefer his patients adapt better diets and oral hygiene habits that maintain the integrity of their teeth rather than having to drill, pull or replace them. Dr. Orander has even helped patients, who were willing and receptive to his advice, arrest dental decay when detected early enough.
Routine cleanings – In addition to removing stains and preventing bad breath, routine professional cleanings can save you money and improve your health by giving your dentist the opportunity to diagnose problems before they escalate.
Your routine cleaning will involve a dental hygienist using specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and just below your gum line, as well as polishing and flossing your teeth in preparation for an exam by Dr. Orander.
Digital X-rays – Maintaining the latest and greatest technology and materials allows us to provide you with the safest and most effective care. Our digital X-rays not only emit 80 percent less radiation than traditional X-ray images, they allow us to upload the image into a program that gives us greater control and insight into the well-being of your teeth.
Fluoride treatments – Acidic diets and plaque buildup strip teeth of important minerals every day. Too much demineralization and your teeth become increasingly susceptible to decay. Fluoride treatments are a proactive approach to decay prevention that remineralizes teeth and makes them more resistant to decay. These treatments are especially important for children during their developmental years, but can also benefit the oral health of certain adults.
Dental sealants – It can be difficult for children to clear debris from the deep grooves characteristic of molars and premolars. This makes them especially prone to decay. Dental sealants are a plastic-like coating that is painted onto these chewing surfaces to help seal out food and prevent decay. Children typically have sealants applied to their permanent molars as soon as they erupt, and reapplied as needed. Adults who have never had sealants or have deep grooves may also benefit from sealants.
Oral cancer screening – We literally shine a light on oral cancer. Instead of torturing patients with foul mouthwashes, we use a specialized light that identifies signs of oral cancer by making questionable tissue appear darker than surrounding healthy tissues.
Many patients may be at risk of developing deadly mouth cancer for various reasons including tobacco and alcohol use, diet, genetic pre-disposition, and other conditions. Because of that, Dr. Orander’s office performs oral cancer screenings on a routine basis.