Protecting your smile and the rest of you with professional, trusted, preventative dentistry services
VanderLaan Family Dentistry is proud to support the health and well-being of our neighbors from across western Michigan – Byron Center, Wyoming, Dorr Township, Kentwood, Grandville, Wayland, Hudsonville, and everywhere in between!
One of the best things you can do for your health is to establish a dental home. The function of your teeth and gums contributes to the health of the whole self. Difficulty or discomfort when chewing food can adversely affect digestion and give rise to nutritional deficiencies. Furthermore, conditions such as advanced gum disease have been shown a strong correlation with an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other systemic diseases.
Professional cleanings and prevention services can support oral health and overall health. Led by Dr. Matthew VanderLaan, our team helps patients minimize or eliminate their risks for conditions like dental decay and periodontal disease. Cleanings are generally performed during six-month check-ups. Our kind, patient, and skilled dental hygienists gently remove bacteria, plaque, stubborn tartar, and surface stains from the teeth and gum line. Lingering bacteria and plaque build-up (tartar) promote the development of destructive decay and gum disease, so regular removal is very important.
For healthy patients, the standard check-up is typical all that is necessary to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling great, as well as maintain good health. We recommend more frequent visits for patients with risk factors for oral disease (such as tobacco use), so we are able to stay ahead of any oral conditions. Additionally, individuals with active gum disease may be candidates for deep cleaning, called Scaling and Root planning.
Generally, routine professional cleanings are paired with a comprehensive exam, necessary radiographs, and an oral cancer screening by Dr. VanderLaan. The idea is to catch problems early in the disease process. We can intervene before damage occurs.
During these regular appointments/check-ups, Dr. VanderLaan may discuss other services to keep your smile healthy and looking great. These professional services include fluoride supplements, dental sealants, and oral appliance therapy (like “nightguards” and “mouthguards”). Some of these procedures can be completed during the check-up!
Schedule your appointment today! VanderLaan Family Dentistry can be reached at (616) 288-2554. When you call our office in Byron Center, MI, ask about our VFD Dental Savings Plan!