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Preventive Dental Services

Preventive Dentistry at VanDerhoef SmilesNearly all Americans will experience some form of tooth decay in their lifetimes. Untreated tooth decay progressively erodes the infected tooth and causes more serious problems. Since bacteria cause tooth decay, forgoing treatment risks spread to neighboring teeth, multiplying dental health issues. It is very important to remove the decay, clean the area, and restore the tooth with a filling.

At VanDerhoef Smiles, our doctors take exceptional care of your oral health. Below are some of the preventive services that our practice provides.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are important to your oral health. Always make sure to brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You should floss once a day as well. Both flossing and brushing are important to a healthy mouth and fresh breath!Read More about Brushing and Flossing


X-rays should be taken every 6 months to 3 years, depending on your past history of restorations and how regularly you visit the dentist for exams.Read More about X-rays

Dental Cleanings & Exams

Cleanings are recommended every 6 months for a healthy mouth, and every 3–4 months for those with periodontal disease.Read More about Dental Cleanings and Exams


Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing.Read More about Dental Sealants

Oral Cancer Screening

Periodic oral cancer screenings are essential for detecting a problem while it is still treatable. Dr. VanDerhoef or Dr. Hunt will perform an exam of your mouth during a routine dental visit in order to screen for oral cancer.Read More about Dental Sealants

Periodontal Health

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.Read More about Periodontal Health

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Halitosis is the official term for bad breath. Everyone knows what that means, but do you know what causes it and how to discourage it?Read More about Bad Breath

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel.Read More about Grinding your Teeth

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects how you breathe when sleeping. During sleep, normal breathing can be interrupted for 10 seconds or more hundreds of times during a single night.Read More about Sleep Apnea
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875 124th Ave NE, Suite 203
Bellevue, WA, 98005
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