COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL HYGIENE​

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ROUTINE HYGIENE WELLNESS

Improve your daily brushing and flossing with Laurel Dental Clinic!

Daily brushing and flossing remove a great deal of the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth, but it’s nearly impossible to remove it all on your own.

Your dental hygienist can be your partner in achieving good oral health and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning can prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Our dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on the condition of your teeth and gums.

What to expect at your check-up appointment:

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Caring for your Smile

Here is what is included in your typical hygiene appointment.

Visual & Gum Disease Evaluation

During the evaluation, your Port Angeles dentist will check for cracked, broken, or decayed teeth as well as looking for any abnormal areas on your cheeks, gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth.

Since gum disease affects almost 50% of adults in the U.S. (Center for Disease Control), we perform a comprehensive assessment during your exam to check for any signs of periodontal disease.

When addressed in the early stages, periodontal disease is easily controlled and possibly reversible. Since gum disease exhibits minimal symptoms until it is significantly advanced, it is important to be evaluated for early stages of the disease. Conservative, early intervention is best and our team will assist you in choosing the best treatment options for your condition.

Digital Imaging

The dentist may recommend digital x-rays and photographs to help identify problem areas in your mouth. The type of images may vary based on your particular situation, but a full jaw x-ray, called a panoramic x-ray will give the dentist a comprehensive view of all the structures in your mouth as well as your jaw joint and your sinuses.

Digital 3D imaging may be appropriate in your situation to determine exact positioning of your teeth.

Your dentist may also use a special digital camera to take close up pictures of your teeth or gums. This will help them identify and monitor any areas of concern. We also use intraoral cameras to provide live images of while we examine your smile.

Fluoride Treatment

Cavity Prevention

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends fluoride treatments based on your risk for developing cavities. Our team evaluates if your risk for cavities is low, moderate, or high, based on criteria outlined by the ADA.

Most individuals with low risk are offered a fluoride treatment twice a year.

Moderate risk individuals are offered fluoride twice a year as well as a take-home fluoride product to help reduce the chance of them getting another cavity.

Individuals with a high risk for cavities may be offered fluoride treatment more than twice a year, a take-home fluoride product, as well as an antimicrobial rinse to reduce the cavity-causing bacteria.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

All of our hygienists are well trained to perform a thorough teeth cleaning. Our team removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and then polishes them to remove stains and smooth the tooth surface. In addition to hand-held hygiene techniques used by our skilled hygienists, ultrasonic devices deliver targeted treatments to hard to reach areas. These devices deliver ultrasonic vibrations to crush and move calcified deposits of calculus.

Oral Cancer Screening

Development of oral cancer is on the rise. When detected in the early stages, most oral cancers respond very favorably to treatment. The risk of developing oral cancer increases five times with smoking, two and half times with excessive alcohol use and thirty-two times in the presence of a persistent HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection.

The dentist will look over all the tissue in your mouth, including your tongue, lips, and cheeks, checking for anything abnormal. She will also feel for any unusual lumps or bumps and make recommendations for follow up if necessary. We also have the ability to do a salivary screening to check for an active HPV infection. Recommendations for reducing your risk of developing oral cancer include regular screenings and possible lifestyle changes.

LASERS IN DENTISTRY

Taking your dental care into the modern age.

Lasers have been used in dentistry for several years and provide additional benefits when combined with regular cleanings or therapy for gum disease. There are two specific procedures performed by the hygienists in our offices that can reduce your risk of gum disease or provide improved healing if gum therapy is indicated.

LASER BACTERIAL REDUCTION

Also known as "Laser Decontamination".

A procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy is used to vaporize the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line called biofilms.

Biofilms have been shown to be directly related to an increased risk of developing gum disease, a serious infection affecting the supporting bone. During your hygiene appointment, the hygienist will disrupt the biofilm to reduce the risk or severity of periodontal disease, but cannot eliminate the bacteria without the use of the laser. Destroying the bacteria will reduce inflammation in the gum tissue, and keep your gums healthier between visits.

There are no known side effects to laser decontamination. Most patients do not report any sensation during or after the use of the laser. Occasionally, patients will describe a warm, tingling sensation felt during the procedure. Laser decontamination takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and the entire mouth is treated at one time.

The laser uses light energy that is absorbed into the pigmented cell walls of the harmful bacteria, vaporizing them. The bacteria in our mouths that do not contribute to inflammation typically lack pigment in their cell walls and thus are not affected in the same way.

Dental professionals now have access to this technology by using a laser specifically designed to treat the gums. Due to the advances in the production of these dental lasers, our office now has the availability to offer laser decontamination. We are happy to treat our patients with an elevated level of care that is not only supported by years of research but also affordable.

Although the laser kills millions of harmful bacteria at your hygiene appointment, the bacteria will begin to multiply again over time, and will eventually be back to their original levels in a few months. For this reason, we recommend laser decontamination be included every time you see your hygienist. For some patients with a history of periodontal treatment, that is every 3 months. You may be thinking to yourself, “If the bacteria just grow back, what’s the point?”. One of the most important factors in obtaining optimal oral health and control of periodontal disease is your body’s ability to fight off these harmful bacteria. It is true that we are unable to kill the bacteria forever with a single use of the laser, but if it is completed at each appointment, we are able to keep them at a constant lower level, giving your immune system the chance to keep your body healthier.

LASER ASSISTED PERIODONTAL THERAPY

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy is a procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy vaporizes the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line and removes the infection.

Active periodontal disease is a result of this bacterial infection causing a breakdown of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Typically the infected, diseased tissue is removed with a procedure called curettage during gum therapy. It is a non-surgical, conservative procedure performed by your dental hygienist, using a local anesthetic.

Research shows that incorporating the use of the laser into gum therapy procedures “can produce an earlier and greater improvement in gingival health”, and “these applications can be used to improve periodontal wound healing”. The thermal energy produced by the diode laser stimulates circulation and formation of collagen fibers while reducing inflammation and bleeding.

There are no known side effects to incorporating the laser into gum therapy. Most patients report no discomfort during or after the use of the laser. Local anesthetic is utilized for most laser assisted periodontal therapies. It is also recommended to apply vitamin E oil following the therapy to provide a lubricant barrier and additionally promote healing.

Dental professionals now have access to this technology by using a laser specifically designed to treat the gums. Due to the advances in the production of these lasers, our office now has the ability to offer laser-assisted periodontal therapy as part of our standard of care. We are happy to treat our patients with an elevated level of care that is not only supported by the research but also affordable.

Although the laser kills millions of harmful bacteria during the procedure, the bacteria will multiply again over time, returning to original levels over the next several months. For this reason, we recommend laser decontamination therapy be included every time you see your hygienist. For some patients with a history of periodontal disease, this may be every 3 months. One of the most important factors in obtaining optimal oral health and controlling periodontal disease is the body’s ability to fight off these harmful bacteria. Incorporating laser bacterial reduction into appointments following initial gum therapy keeps the bacteria at a lower level, giving the immune system a chance to keep the gums healthier.

Everyone was friendly and kind. I appreciated the explanations of what they were doing. My hygienist was gentle but thorough. Everyone was great- the dentist, the hygienist and the dental assistant. So glad we transferred to this practice!
Sharon Hammond
Sharon Hammond
19:20 01 Feb 23
They worked me in quickly when I had a problem with my tooth.
John Henry
John Henry
23:21 31 Jan 23
Friendly staff, very efficient. Feels like family.
Michael Indresano
Michael Indresano
18:22 30 Jan 23
Great place to go they take care of all your concerns and needs.
kenneth bruns
kenneth bruns
19:13 27 Jan 23
Everyone I have interfaced with at the Laurel Dental Clinic has been outstanding. Dana, the oral hygienist I visited today, was so personable and friendly. The dentist was kind. The office is aware of my PTSD issues, and very accommodating. I am very happy that we found this clinic when we moved to the area.
Carol Irving
Carol Irving
00:00 26 Jan 23
Always have a good experience. I have very sensitive teeth and the hygienist takes the time to hand scale my teeth for my comfort. Everyone is always super friendly!
Elizabeth Harmon
Elizabeth Harmon
19:47 25 Jan 23
I am so happy that I am able to have Julie clean my teeth. She really understands my preferences and does a thorough job of taking care of my teeth. And my teeth really need a caring expert. She came highly recommended several years ago and I feel so lucky that I am one of her patients.
Maria White
Maria White
22:08 24 Jan 23
Laurel dental has been my dentist for years. They treat you with respect. They are kind and take their time with you. That's why I stay with them, Thank you Laurel dental.
Charles Pridgen
Charles Pridgen
04:23 11 Jan 23
They made the experience of getting part of my head drilled out as pleasant as possible.
Jesse Farmer
Jesse Farmer
18:37 06 Jan 23
The care at Laurel Dental is unparalleled. Being nervous about going to the dentist, I am confident the staff will allow me to proceed at my pace, accommodating for my sensitive teeth. I feel comfortable and at ease both before and after appointments. The friendly banter also improves my experience.
Laura Knowles
Laura Knowles
22:31 05 Jan 23
Extremely efficient and friendly dental office.Allison is great!!
Kathy Daugaard
Kathy Daugaard
22:44 04 Jan 23
I would not go anywhere else in town. Have had nothing but positive experiences with everyone at Laurel all the years I’ve been a patient. Highly recommend to any and everyone! Thanks LDC ❤️
Emma Swan
Emma Swan
23:00 03 Jan 23
I love the smiling ladies that work here! Always so kind!
Casandra Shamp
Casandra Shamp
23:04 20 Dec 22
Very happy with the quality of service and professionalism . If you are nervous being at the dentist, please don't worry. They are very gentle and accommodating with whatever needs you have.
Daniel England
Daniel England
19:11 16 Dec 22
I love getting me teeth cleaned! They are always helpfull, kind and professional.
Sarah Frantz
Sarah Frantz
13:37 16 Dec 22
Very caring and professional, all the staff have been polite and helpful.
Cheryl Creamer
Cheryl Creamer
03:30 16 Dec 22
We have gone to Laurel Dental Clinic for years. Dr. Beeler is amazing, kind, and responsive to her patients. Her staff has always been great as well. The office is very busy and at times it can take a while to get an appointment but we'll worth the wait. Thank you Laurel Dental Clinic.
Tony Proiette
Tony Proiette
23:14 14 Dec 22
Cheerful, friendly staff and excellent appropriate dental care. Highly recommend.
Carla Hopie
Carla Hopie
21:44 14 Dec 22
Such a friendly staff and the clinician is fantastic such a top notch professional operation. I’d recommend to anyone!
Nancy H Alwin
Nancy H Alwin
21:45 13 Dec 22
Every cleaning I have hear are professionally done with care. They make sure your teeth are cleaned and if there needs to be any dental procedures to keep your teeth healthy.
Lance Petry (thehedgi)
Lance Petry (thehedgi)
19:07 08 Dec 22
Great place to go to, they always explain the procedures and treatment plans very well. I’m very happy with their work!
Kelsi Beale
Kelsi Beale
20:09 06 Dec 22
everyone very friendly and caring would recommend to anyone
Linda Hornick
Linda Hornick
16:59 03 Dec 22
Clinic rallied to see me quickly with tooth ache complaint. Very minimal wait, very friendly professional service …Thank you!
Ann Nolan
Ann Nolan
18:17 02 Dec 22
Best Dental Clinic in town. The people are friendly and best of all, no pain.
Craig Williams
Craig Williams
04:56 02 Dec 22
super, friendly, understanding!!!!
steved7111
steved7111
03:05 01 Dec 22
I recommend Laurel Dental without reservation. I have total trust that they will meet and often exceed expectations … and always with a positive attitude. Fabulous staff!
Allyn Cowan
Allyn Cowan
18:13 30 Nov 22
Staff is friendly and helpful. Dr. Beeler is very professional, efficient, and kind. She listens to the patient's concerns.
Judy Perry
Judy Perry
13:48 30 Nov 22
Very good meeting with Shannon who explained completely the estimated costs of my upcoming procedure.Thank you Laural Dental.
dean stewart
dean stewart
18:13 29 Nov 22
Great service, have been taking care of my teeth since 2015. My hygienist does a great job.
Bill Mehl
Bill Mehl
01:19 29 Nov 22
Covid has the whole world understaffed, but this office has done an incredible job despite these hurtles. Always friendly, professional, and a very clean office. No other place I’d rather go for my dental work.
Brian Adams
Brian Adams
16:42 01 Nov 22
Good dentist office, very nice staff.
Lynn Jiménez
Lynn Jiménez
04:43 17 Mar 22
Great staff all around, courteous, top flight. Most professional in every way.They treat everyone with respect and answer any and all questions.
Michael Tufano
Michael Tufano
02:44 21 Oct 21
I've gone here for 20+ years. Love it!Very clean, professional, friendly, helpful, and efficient.
Jen R
Jen R
21:33 05 Sep 21
Super friendly folks and a very thorough cleaning and exam.
Chuck Hyatt
Chuck Hyatt
14:39 10 Dec 20
Great experience. The staff is always pleasant and accommodating. Very nice atmosphere.
Melissa Corbin
Melissa Corbin
23:49 23 Sep 20
Best dental clinic on the peninsula. You won't find a better group to take care of you. Can't recommend them high enough.
Steven R
Steven R
19:37 04 Jan 20
Wonderful,painless experience! Loved the staff! So gentle with me. I have a phobia of dental visits , I left peaceful. Thank you Loral Dental. I would recommend you every time😍
Jane Armstrong
Jane Armstrong
22:59 24 Jun 19
Awesome staff they made me feel comfortable.
Mindy Brown
Mindy Brown
03:12 18 Apr 19
I am the world's biggest baby when it comes to my teeth, I am ALWAYS treated with kindness and caring. Dr. Nobel is the best! He gives me all the options before making a decision, he does great work, he is kind, caring, and honest. The staff are just as good and always try to accommodate my issues. There is not a better clinic on the peninsula for dental care, from checkups and fillings to implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Julie Larson
Julie Larson
16:53 23 Jun 18
Great staff and excellent service!
Jay Butler
Jay Butler
17:18 22 Jun 18
Great place---friendly and patient with their patients--highly recommended!
2 Birds, 1 Stone, Backyard Gardening and Living
2 Birds, 1 Stone, Backyard Gardening and Living
21:48 07 Feb 18
They are easy to work with and the dental staff is the best I have ever had.
Jon Hamilton
Jon Hamilton
18:01 18 Dec 17
Outstanding dental care. Thank you Dr. Noble and team.
James Jerome
James Jerome
15:31 12 Dec 17

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends seeing the dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. Your Port Angeles dentist may recommend you visit more often depending on your specific situation and risk of disease. Some conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or pregnancy may require more frequent cleanings to keep you and your mouth healthy.

Will my insurance cover my check-up appointment?

Most insurances cover the procedures completed at a check-up and cleaning appointment. Our great team of insurance coordinators will help you navigate through your specific insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of costs should there be a remaining balance after the insurance payment.

MAINTAIN YOUR ORAL HEALTH

Improve hygiene habits and enjoy a gentle cleaning with our team.