Preventive Dentistry

At Vermont Hills Family Dental, we believe in being proactive rather than reactive. It is far easier for you and your family if we can help you avoid dental problems rather than looking for a solution after they’ve already damaged your smile.

Patients in Portland who follow preventive dentistry enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile by staying a step ahead of conditions like gingivitis and cavities. Simply by maintaining dental exams and cleanings every six months—or as recommended—you too can avoid these problems and many others.

Preventive Dental Exams Every Six Months

Dr. Christine Brown is an experienced dentist in Vermont Hills who takes pride in the trusting relationships she develops with her patients. She enjoys catching up with her patients and sharing a laugh and a story as much as she enjoys providing them with exceptional clinical dentistry.

We recommend dental examinations at our Portland dental office every six months because this frequency allows us to monitor your dental health and stay a step ahead of problems. Dr. Brown will ask you about any concerns you have or issues that developed since your last visit.

She will check your teeth and gums to see if they are healthy and may recommend a digital x-ray to detect cavities between teeth. During this appointment, our dentist will also check your dental bite and perform an oral cancer screening.

How We Use Dental Technology

As professionals whose patients count on us for treatment recommendations, it's our obligation to stay current with the latest advances in dental technology. We use technology to improve the comfort and efficiency of your care and to keep our patients engaged and involved. 

Intraoral cameras and digital x-rays both make it easy for you to understand what's happening with your oral health. Our Hillsdale dentist uses them to help inform and educate you so that you can make confident decisions about your dental care.

Professional Teeth Cleanings for Healthy Gums

Dental cleanings with a hygienist go hand-in-hand with exams and help us stay current with the health of your teeth and gums. Our skilled hygienist provides comprehensive gum care, including maintenance cleanings and specialized periodontal treatment.

As part of your cleaning, we will check your gum health by measuring the periodontal pockets. These are the spaces between your teeth and gums that collect bacteria and cause the infection we call gum disease.

If we do find evidence of gingivitis or periodontitis, we'll explain why treatment is crucial and recommend the appropriate type of cleaning. With gingivitis, a routine dental cleaning is often enough to get rid of the infection. Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease and will require a specialized deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.

Book an Appointment to Keep Your Smile Healthy

Preventing dental problems like cavities and gum disease is easy when you follow the advice of your Portland dentist and schedule appointments every six months. You will enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile, fewer emergency visits to the dentist, and reduced dental costs as a result.

Call the team at Vermont Hills Family Dental to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.