Comprehensive Dental Hygiene

Get your routine check-up and a professional teeth cleaning.

ROUTINE HYGIENE WELLNESS

Improve your daily brushing and flossing with Gundersen Dental Care

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

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth). If the plaque is not removed (by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups), it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

  • Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
  • Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.

Certain factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Old fillings
  • Pregnancy

While it is possible to have periodontal disease and not know it, some symptoms can include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Treating Gum Disease

Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:

    • Non-surgical treatments such as at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
    • Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
    • Dental implants

Preventing Gum Disease

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease, and by practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.

Digital Imaging

Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have

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

Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and precancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

 

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

Our team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole, and not just your teeth, to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may recommend a biopsy.

Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, there are many things you can do to help prevent oral cancer.

  • The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun and always wear UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.
  • During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection of oral cancer can improve the chance of successful treatment.
Excellent customer service and friendly staff. I appreciate that Dr. Arne takes the time to explain everything. If you are looking for a dentist, I recommend Gundersen Dental Care. They will treat you right.
George Sharp
George Sharp
23:09 13 Sep 21
If you are looking for a new dentist, this is the place. Great staff, fantastic service/care. Go, you will not be disappointed.
Mark Sherman
Mark Sherman
08:34 09 Sep 21
Dr Arne is a wonderful dentist & person. The staff here are fantastic too. Been going here for years and continue even after moving a half hour north.
Vicki Round
Vicki Round
07:15 09 Sep 21
Professional, friendly staff they take good care of you.
Brent Avery
Brent Avery
10:50 26 Aug 21
Quick, courteous and thorough. Appreciated all safety precautions
Chris Gundersen
Chris Gundersen
19:04 18 Aug 21
Easily the best dental experience I've ever had.
Erica Hamilton
Erica Hamilton
15:39 12 Aug 21
Very impressed with the staff and this dentist. They always provide a relaxing experience. Kari, the hygienist is very careful, fun to talk to!
Kimberly Abbey
Kimberly Abbey
17:31 04 Aug 21
Was in need of being seen right away due to a major tooth ache, left a message on their voicemail Sunday evening and I received a call first thing Monday. They were able to work me in that same morning. Even though they had to refer me to a specialist their quick response was greatly appreciated. Thank you Sam and Dr. Gunderson and team for being so responsive to my needs. Patient for life!!
Russ Gibbs
Russ Gibbs
13:42 22 Jun 21
Very professional and caring staff. All around a very good experience.
Dennis Becker
Dennis Becker
14:25 26 May 21
Professional cleaning and dental care
cminton48
cminton48
23:09 20 May 21
Debbie is great! She is really attentive and cares about your dental health. Great front office staff, they are always welcoming and helpful.
Kristin Bradshaw
Kristin Bradshaw
03:14 20 May 21
Streamlined, professional dentistry. A smoothly oiled machine. You can feel confident of getting the very highest level of care. Would recommend.
nancy heinrich
nancy heinrich
21:23 28 Apr 21
I would recommend Dr. Gundersen and his staff. They were friendly, helpful and were mindful of my needs and wishes.
Jean Laws
Jean Laws
15:28 05 Apr 21
15 years of great experience....professional and honest. Best Dental team in Thurston County.
Del Vandehey
Del Vandehey
13:12 02 Apr 21
Perfect combination of professionalism, competency and compassion. Great people.
Ken Stanton
Ken Stanton
16:53 19 Feb 21
Having gone to Gundersen Dental for over 30 years, my family has always enjoyed the caring concern that Dr. Arne and his staff have shown us. Patty the office manager is amazing at helping you find out what your insurance plan will and wont cover so there are no surprise bills coming your way, and Carlee is a joy to greet you when you arrive. Keri the dental hygienist treats you like family and well, Dr. Arne has such a caring way of making even the most frightened of teeth work feel at ease. Just got my first crown at the age of 54 and I must say its due to the wonderful care I have received all these years from Gunderson Dental.
Christine Reisch
Christine Reisch
00:57 29 Jan 21
Great staff! Positive and friendly and professional! My dentist for 49 years!
Dave Williams
Dave Williams
21:14 26 Jan 21
We love this place. Every one treats us like family. The office is incredibly clean and they are following all procedures to keep everyone safe.
Jennifer McInnis
Jennifer McInnis
13:46 08 Jan 21
If you want the Best of the Best come here for all your dental needs!
Verle Ketchum
Verle Ketchum
15:34 11 Nov 20
Friendly, competent staff !!!
Rose Haque
Rose Haque
21:05 03 Nov 20
Dr. Arne and the team at Gundersen is amazing. My 5 & 7 year olds were thrilled about going there! Highly recommend for adults and your littles!
Destiny Moore
Destiny Moore
20:22 20 Oct 20
iT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS EXPERIENCE WITH ALL THE SMILES BEHIND THE MASKS AND THE HAPPY VOICES OF ENCOURAGEMENT CREATING WITHIN ME THE DESIRE TO VISIT YOUR OFFICE EVERY DAY FOR AN UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE. hOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON AGAIN
George Gundersen
George Gundersen
20:32 01 Oct 20
Dr. Arne and my hygienist Kari are wonderful. I feel very welcome by the entire staff and it is really a pleasure to go to the dentist!!
Erich Hahn
Erich Hahn
19:21 22 Sep 20
Excellent all the way around. Wouldn’t go anywhere else for my dental care.
Steven Fine
Steven Fine
07:42 18 Sep 20
I was acknowledged when I came in the office, didn"t have a long time to wait, and the person doing the cleaning was quick and gentle.
Darlene Lane
Darlene Lane
17:37 04 Jul 19
No wait, took time to carefully clean my teeth, friendly personnel
Sharon McGourty
Sharon McGourty
00:14 13 Jun 19
always receive the best customer service, excellent care and treatment, and personal attention. happy to have found them!
Julia Talerico
Julia Talerico
17:13 11 Jun 19
We have been customers of George Gundersen and now Arne Gundersen and have been very satisfied with the services they have provided over the years. The reception and dental hygiene staff are top notch too. We especially enjoy the services of our regular hygienist Kari
Marion Freels
Marion Freels
00:38 17 May 19
Our family has been going to Dr. Arne for almost 19 years. Staff is always friendly and professional. The office environment is welcoming and comfortable.
Mary
Mary
17:15 16 May 19
Never had a poor experience! I’m so glad I was introduced to this place 5 years ago! Kari (sp?) is a gem of a hygienist and Dr. Gunderson is proficient in his craft! Every moment from walking in the door makes me look forward to my visits.
Alice Yecnay
Alice Yecnay
14:40 07 May 19
Friendly & kind staff! Dr. Arne is fabulous. If you need a new dentist, Dr. Gundersen's is the way to go!
Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood
17:27 05 May 19
Always great customer service and care. I have sensitive teeth and they are very attentive when it comes to treating them.
Vann Smiley
Vann Smiley
22:19 03 May 19
Friendly professional dental care!
Susan Sandwell
Susan Sandwell
21:56 17 Apr 19
The team at Dr. Gunderson's office does a tremendous job making you feel welcomed at their office. I always feel more confident about my smile every time I leave my appointment.
Kyle Bradshaw
Kyle Bradshaw
00:41 04 Apr 19
I had a very hard time with Anxiety in the chair. Kari has me sitting still and feeling good about dental visits. So good I can get the extra cleaning I really need and have been afraid to sit still for. Dr. Arne is conscientious and very good at his work. The tidy professional office is also convenient. I appreciate this dental team and recommend them to anyone looking for Dental care.
Shanon Pardee
Shanon Pardee
22:28 27 Feb 19
Dr. Gundersen is very kind as well is all his staff. I really dislike going to the dentist, as do most people, but the kindness of the staff always puts me at ease. They offer payment plans if you have to have expensive work done and can't pay right away.
Molly Swanson
Molly Swanson
22:16 14 Feb 19
Everybody here is competent, cheerful, conscientious and thorough.I’ve been with them for 40 years, and the care is excellent, painless, and uses new technology. Conversation is limited in a dental chair, but I get a lift from the conversations I’ve had, and am always impressed with their engagement and interest.
Jay Elder
Jay Elder
20:19 30 Jan 19
It's always a pleasure to visit such nice people. No need to be afraid of going to the dentist. Thank you.
john budde
john budde
01:33 25 Jan 19
I am in happy as customer with most of my transactions.This is not the case with this dentist.The entire staff is helpful during and in between appointments.And the work done is fantastic.I had all 22 teeth pulled and full dentures.I am very happy with the service provided
Robert Haskell
Robert Haskell
19:16 18 Jan 19
Very nice dentist, staff and environment to insure a happy day at the dentist.
Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson
18:14 15 Jan 19
This office was recommended to me by a friend of mine. This was only my first visit, but I was very satisfied with my experience. Each employee I interacted with was very friendly and seemed happy to be there. The clinic is very nice and clean. Dr. Gundersen was personable and genuinely interested in my dental health. His examination was thorough, and instilled a great amount of confidence in me for my future relationship with him and his staff.
Zachary Water
Zachary Water
22:46 07 Jan 19
The environment is always friendly and the staff do an excellent job of caring for our dental needs with gentleness and encouragement.
Gidget Holcombe
Gidget Holcombe
21:08 07 Jan 19
Friendly and helpful staff. Always great service!
Kevin Rigg
Kevin Rigg
18:14 04 Jan 19
My first experience at the Gundersen clinic was outstanding. Over the phone and in person customer service was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. I appreciated the extent of Dr. Gundersen's exam and the folks who assisted. The hygienist who clean my teeth was friendly, careful, and thorough. I also appreciated the matter-of-fact manner in which my results were shared with me. They were prioritized to what needed to be done first, etc. I did not feel like someone was trying to "upscale" for services I did not need. This has not always been experience in dental offices.
Bruce Walton
Bruce Walton
23:49 14 Dec 18
Dr. Gundersen and his whole team were amazing! My options were explained clearly to me, everyone was so helpful, and I felt 110 percent cared of while I was there.
Robin Ralph
Robin Ralph
18:39 13 Dec 18
Friendly, prompt, thorough, and willing to work with you on treatment schedule, etc.
Amy Sauerlender
Amy Sauerlender
18:37 13 Dec 18
Message: Sorry, I have no ability to send photo. Let words speak for themselves. Dr. Arne and staff are 1) very professional 2) orientated to give best possible dental service 3) the day my wife was a patient there were a few "left over cookies from the day before Christmas office party". We were invited as we paid our bill to eat and enjoy a delicious cookie. How could we NOT like Dr. Arne and his friendly staff? Al Suneson pays the bills, enjoys an occasional cookie. We both win.
Alfred Suneson
Alfred Suneson
18:25 12 Dec 18
I have been going to this dental office for years, first being treated by Dr. G and then his son, Dr. Arne. This family-oriented business is friendly, comfortable, accommodating, and professional. The staff is amazing and Dr. Arne really cares about his patients. Wonderful dental care.
Sara Betts
Sara Betts
19:47 13 Nov 18
I broke a tooth...you squeezed me in that very afternoon for an interim fix. Thank you! And a few weeks later the new crown is nicely seated.
Emily Ray
Emily Ray
19:06 08 Nov 18
I come in for quarterly cleanings and other work, Karrie is always thorough, knowledgeable and supportive. In the past I have not looked forward to my dental appointments, due to mouth trauma and a past dentist who was brutal. This office has always been totally supportive and meets my needs. I find Dr. Gunderson to have a nurturing, warm, supporting and inclusive office.
Maria Trevizo
Maria Trevizo
18:11 08 Nov 18
Wonderful Dental Care from all of the staff! Highly recommend!!
Beth Woods
Beth Woods
04:12 02 Nov 18
Amazing staff, so friendly and helpful. Dr. Arne is a wonderful dentist!
Charles Sauvageau
Charles Sauvageau
17:02 16 Aug 18
My dentist of 34 years retired and I needed to find a new one. Many people raved about Dr. Gundersen, so I decided to give him a try. I have been so happy! His staff is caring and welcoming and they even remembered me after my first visit. The office is well-run and professional, yet friendly. I would highly recommend Dr. Gundersen!
Adriana Hutchings
Adriana Hutchings
17:08 19 Jul 18
The staff and Dr Arne really care about your dental experience. I had a dental hygienist named Julie that was wonderful. I highly recommend everyone at this dentist office.
Mary Francis
Mary Francis
00:28 29 Jun 18

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. We 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.