Prevention & Oral Health

Dr. Gorman is an AACD accredited dentist who makes prevention an integral part of his practice for the Minneapolis-St. Paul and North Oaks areas.

Our Preventive Dentistry Services

Experience preventive Minneapolis dental care at The Gorman Center

At The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry, you can feel confident knowing your smile will not only look fabulous but will be in the best health possible. By providing the latest diagnostic techniques and technologies available, our comfortable methods ensure your smile looks good, feels good, and lasts a long time.

In our office, every preventive visit is thorough, comprehensive, individualized, and comfortable. Dr. Steve Gorman is an AACD accredited dentist with a highly-trained preventive therapy team. We implement the latest in dental techniques and information, including the growing understanding of the body and mouth connection. During your visit, we focus on your individual needs and desires to help you keep and maintain a healthy mouth by using solutions that include:

Our Preventive Solutions
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The perfect smile is in the details
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Sealants are an excellent way to protect the chewing surfaces of your back teeth from decay.

Sealants are an excellent way to protect the chewing surfaces of your back teeth from decay. These surfaces have deep pits and fissures where bacteria is easily trapped, which can lead to decay. Sealants, a thin plastic coating bonded to the chewing surface of your tooth, along with preventive dentistry, will help to prevent expensive problems down the road. Sealant placement takes just a few minutes, anesthesia isn’t necessary, and your tooth looks and feels just as it always had. Our sealants are guaranteed for five years provided you come in for regular care; with this commitment, both you and your teeth are winners. For those of you concerned about BPA exposure from plastic, we are pleased to inform you that our sealants do not contain BPA. Learn more about BPA exposure here.

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Snore Treatment

Is snoring keeping you or your loved ones from getting a good night's sleep? Dr. Gorman can craft an oral orthotic that will stop your snoring and help you breath easier at night.

Get Fluoride at every cleaning appointment

Fluoride can protect your smile from tooth decay.

Tooth decay: the cause

  • Dental decay (cavities) results from bacteria.
  • Plaque (bacteria) and sugary/starchy foods work together to form an acid that breaks down tooth structure, thus promoting decay.

What about soda pop?

  • Soda pop and sports drinks have extreme amounts of sugar and low pH (high acidity), which in combination with plaque, can lead to rapid decay.
  • Pop is even more damaging when sipped over the course of several hours or when multiple servings are consumed throughout the day (3-12 daily) because each high sugar exposure starts a new acid attack on the teeth.
  • Don’t be fooled by diet drinks; they don’t contain sugar, but their acid/low pH attacks the teeth immediately.

Everyone benefits From fluoride treatments

  • Tooth decay isn’t just a children’s health problem; the causes of tooth decay are the same for everyone, regardless of age. In fact, the elderly are often prone to decay.
  • Fluoride helps prevent first-time tooth decay and secondary decay around existing restorations.
  • Fluoride reduces tooth sensitivity and strengthens exposed root surfaces.
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Headache Relief

Headache pain is experienced daily by many people. There is a solution! Call us today to talk about safe, effective headache relief!

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Children's Dentistry

Our team helps your children enjoy their visits to the dentist by being warm, supportive, and making their visits fun!

Xylitol is a healthy sugar that won't hurt your teeth

Xylitol is a plant-based sweetener that inhibits decay-promoting acid formation.

Xylitol is a plant-based sweetener that inhibits decay-promoting acid formation. Xylitol is available in gum, mints, toothpaste, and granular form for cooking. Using Xylitol raises oral pH, thereby reducing the time teeth are exposed to damaging acids, as well as starving harmful bacteria of their food source. We’d love to help you discover your favorite brand of Xylitol. Xylitol aids in treating periodontal disease by reducing the bacteria population in the mouth. Long-term use of Xylitol makes the oral environment less acidic, thereby suppressing the most harmful strains of oral bacteria that cause gum disease.

Healthy Mouth – Healthy Body

Dr. Steve Gorman is one of few dentists in Minnesota to be a Founding Member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health.
Oral Systemic Health

The oral systemic connection has recently become a more familiar concept for many. Dr. Steve Gorman and his team are founding members of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). AAOSH’s mission statement says it best: AAOSH is a network of dedicated health care leaders working to change professional and public behaviors and address the importance of oral health as it relates to whole body health.

Your mouth is the gateway to the entire body.

Conditions such as bleeding gums and periodontal disease have been shown to be risk factors for health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, low birth-weight babies and can contribute to bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema. At The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry, our goal is to treat your smile and protect your overall health through expert care so you can live a long and comfortable life.

An unhealthy mouth or bleeding gums can increase your risk for the following health concerns, and more so if there is a family history of:

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and strokes
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Premature or low birth-weight babies
  • Certain types of cancer

At The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry, we take extra steps to ensure your smile stays as healthy as possible, and in turn, keep your whole body in top-notch condition. Our comprehensive approach to care includes lasers, oral DNA bacterial and personal DNA testing, Perio Protect, and recommendations for Xylitol usage, all aimed to protect your overall health, which aren’t always available through many dentists in Minneapolis.

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Picture of Molly, an actual patient at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry

"Your staff continues to monitor and improve my oral care. I am grateful for such an educated and caring team."

— Molly

Oral Cancer Screenings

Why do they matter?

We use Identafi® for oral cancer screenings. Identafi, an easy two-minute screening exam performed at your regular preventive visit, helps detect precancerous oral tissues. If an area of concern is noted, we will refer you to a specialist for further evaluation. When precancerous or cancerous oral lesions are found early, treatment is easier, less invasive, and 80-90% successful.

Over the past 30 years, the incidence of new cases and deaths from oral cancers has declined. However, the number of new cases of oral cancer, particularly among young adults 18-40, caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has increased. HPV 16 causes 95% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of HPV related oral cancers. Approximately 20-30% of oral cancers originate from HPV, and the tendency of HPV in the mouth is estimated to be 18-25%. HPV is often passed from one person to another during sexual activity.

  • What is HPV?
    Human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is a type of virus that can cause abnormal tissue growth (for example, warts) and other changes to cells. Infection for a long time with certain types of human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus may also play a role in some other types of cancer, such as anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, oropharyngeal, and squamous cell skin cancers.
  • Signs of oral cancer
    During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Steve Gorman will examine your entire mouth in search for flat, painless, white, gray, or red spots and sores.

    Signs of oral cancer include:

    • Sores that bleed easily or don’t heal
    • Any color changes of soft-tissue in the mouth
    • Lumps, thickened tissue, crusty or rough spots
    • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips

    We offer an additional screening test, with an oral rinse, to determine if HPV is present in your mouth and therefore, a potential oral cancer risk. If a high-risk strain of HPV is found, more frequent oral cancer screenings will be recommended. The presence of HPV through time is known to multiply risk. However, most people positive for HPV do not develop cancer.

    Oral cancer screening is an important reason to remember to schedule regular preventive visits at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry. If you notice unusual changes in your mouth between visits, don’t hesitate to give our office a call for an evaluation.

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The perfect smile is in the details

The Oral Cancer Screening Process

Watch the video to learn more about the Identafi oral cancer screening process.

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Our Educational Materials
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Minneapolis dental care starts with oral hygiene
Helping patients understand the importance of oral health before and during pregnancy.
The hidden cause of disease - is inflammation making you sick?
Helping patients with diabetes understand the 2-way relationship between diabetes and gum disease
Helping patients understand the suspected link between gum disease and heart attack/stroke
Salivary testing for periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment
Lasers in dentistry
OralDNA Labs' My PerioPath
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Salivary diagnostics to determine risk factor for HPV-related oral cancer
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