The core of medicine and dentistry is prevention. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly removes tartar and plaque that lead to gum disease and cavities. Tartar is a hard substance formed over time on teeth that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Like many conditions, when found in the early stages, the treatment is less invasive, less painful and less costly. The same holds true with dental disease. Cavities, found when small, require less drilling, less time at the office and cost less. In addition, Dr. Jordan examines patients at these appointments or oral cancer and other diseases that affect the mouth.