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General & Preventive Dentistry

Achieve Your Optimal Dental Health!

Your dental and oral health play an important role in your overall health and wellbeing. At the office of Steven F Larsen, DDS, we care about more than our patients’ teeth—we want them to have a healthy and high-quality life. That’s why we offer a full array of preventive and general dental services that are designed to achieve and maintain dental and oral health. Our goal is to prevent issues from arising and to promptly treat those that do. By using new technology, we make every procedure as comfortable and effective as possible!

Dental Cleaning - Pullman, WA

Cleanings & Exams

Regular cleanings and exams are essential for preventing dental issues and quickly treating those that occur. We recommend patients come in for cleanings at least every six months. Beyond gently removing plaque and tartar (calculus), we will also perform an examination to determine any signs/symptoms of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other problems.

Oral Cancer Screenings - Pullman, WA

Oral Cancer Screenings

We perform an oral cancer screening exam to identify any symptoms of oral cancer or any pre-cancerous sores or spots. Oral cancer is a highly treatable disease when it is caught early, but it can be life-threatening if left unaddressed. That’s why we include an oral cancer screening during every routine cleaning. If we find any symptoms that we feel should be investigated further, we will provide you with a referral to a specialist.

Periodontal Care - Pullman, WA

Periodontal Care

Dr. Larsen completes continuing education on periodontal care to provide the highest quality services for patients suffering from gum disease. Gum disease can result in lost teeth, jawbone damage, and other overall health issues. We perform a nonsurgical procedure called scaling and root planing for mild to moderate gum disease. If you require more advanced care, we will refer you to an experienced periodontist.

TMJ/TMD Treatment - Pullman, WA

TMJ/TMD

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw to your skull. Sometimes, patients experience dysfunction of these joints (TMD), which results in jaw pain, facial pain, earaches, headaches, clicking and popping in the jaw, and other symptoms. We can help diagnose TMD and provide a treatment plan for you. We offer custom-created splints and nightguards that can help prevent teeth grinding during sleep, which can contribute to TMD symptoms.

Pediatric Dentistry - Pullman, WA

Pediatric Care

It’s important for children to feel comfortable going to the dentist, so they can build the foundations for a healthy adult smile. We offer fun, gentle, friendly dental care for patients of all ages, including children. Our team will teach you and your child how to properly care for their smile at home to prevent decay. We recommend that a child first see us around age one, so we can examine their newly erupted teeth.

Emergency Dentistry - Pullman, WA

Emergency Dentistry

If you have a dental emergency, please contact our office at 509-332-6015, and we will get you in as soon as possible. If the emergency occurs after-hours, you can reach Dr. Larsen at 509-334-5953. If he is not available, leave a message on his answering machine. If he is out of town, his voicemail will provide you with the name and number of the dentist he has asked to see his patients in his absence.

If the emergency is trauma, excessive bleeding, or an acute infection, please go to your nearest emergency room. Other dental emergencies include:

  • Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
  • Broken jaw
  • Permanent tooth knocked out
  • Object caught between teeth
  • Severe toothache

Other Services

  • Ceramic Crowns & Bridges
  • Removable Dentures
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Fluoride
  • Dental Implants Restoration
  • Mouthguards & Nightguards
  • Root Canals
  • Oral Sedation
For more information about our general and preventive services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 509-332-6015. We look forward to helping you have a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:

 

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

New Patients are always welcome, contact our office to schedule your first appointment!
(509) 332-6015

How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
  • Always remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask Dr. Larsen if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth and can cause more plaque and potential cavities), and avoid tobacco (which can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
  • Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! This will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months. If you are due for a routine cleaning, Book Now!
How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see us for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to come in more than just twice a year. Dr. Larsen will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups. You can schedule your next appointment with us by going to our Contact Us page.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year. During this time, your son or daughter’s baby teeth will be coming in and we can monitor the health of those first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. W recommend that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently.

Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

How often should I brush my teeth?

According to Dr. Larsen and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque.

It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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