Refine Dental Care

Dental Cleaning & Exam​

What to expect

Creating a healthy, confident smile for life is our mission and we are glad you have taken the first step. We recommend you make a dentist appointment twice a year to ensure optimal oral health. 

Check In

When you arrive, you will be greeted by a Patient Coordinator who will check you in, notify the team of your arrival, verify insurance if applicable, and guide you through any necessary new patient paperwork.

Dental History

Once completed, a member of our team will escort you from the waiting room to a treatment room where they will review your dental history, medical history, and any dental health concerns or issues. 

X-Ray

The dental assistant will then take digital x-rays for the doctor to review. Radiation from digital dental x-rays is very low, especially in comparison to traditional x-rays. For more information, speak with your dentist or dental assistant.

Your Comprehensive Exam

As a new patient, you will first see the dentist for a comprehensive exam. During this exam the dentist will discuss your health history, any concerns you may have, and may take your blood pressure to ensure you are in good health. This is a great time to let us know if you are anxious about your appointment. Your comfort is a priority and we will work to make your appointment as smooth and comfortable as possible. During your exam, your dentist will review your dental x-rays and complete an oral cancer screening which includes an examination of your jaw, neck, tongue and inside of your mouth. This screening is important and recommended one per year.

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What to Expect

This initial exam will take about an hour and is important so your dental team can identify any issues like gum disease or cavities. During this visit, you will have a cleaning, unless there is a more urgent issue that should be addressed. on your exam, your dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan and discuss options with you.

How often should You go to the Dentist?

The general rule of thumb is to go to the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. If you have some dental issues—periodontal disease, for example—your dentist may recommend increasing the frequency of visits.

Even once every six months may seem like a lot. But, to paraphrase the old saying, an ounce of prevention keeps you from buying a pound of cure.

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The Value of Regular Dental Visits

Regular visits help spot dental problems early when they can be treated in a safe, simple, affordable manner. And when your dentist sees you often, he or she can help you prevent many problems from developing in the first place.

 Some diseases have symptoms that show up in the mouth. Your dentist, who’s received the equivalent of a medical-school education, can detect suspicious-looking signs and point you toward medical care. Dentists are valuable allies on your health team.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

A proper brushing technique is the first step to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush all surfaces of each tooth including the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue also! This helps remove food partials to help remove odor-causing bacteria.  

 The ADA recommends flossing once a day, with 18 inches of floss.  This should allow for enough clean floss to use on each tooth in the flossing process. Slide the floss up and down between each tooth adapting the floss to the curvature of your tooth.

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At your first visit, you may not receive a cleaning. A cleaning may be completed after the doctor ensures it is the appropriate treatment for your specific oral health. There are certain conditions that determine if a cleaning is not the first best course of treatment. Once your oral health is stabilized, you can expect to have your exam and cleaning/hygiene appointments at the same time going forward.

Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays are a crucial tool for oral health assessment and the amount of radiation exposure from them is quite minimal compared to other sources of radiation we encounter daily. In fact, the radiation exposure from a routine dental X-ray is roughly equivalent to the amount of radiation you would get from spending about one to two days in the natural environment. This is significantly lower than the
radiation exposure from other medical imaging procedures.

Moreover, dental X-rays are designed to focus specifically on your mouth and jaw area. This means that the exposure is localized and limited to the necessary areas for dental evaluation. The equipment used
in modern dental offices is also designed to minimize radiation exposure. Dentists follow strict
guidelines and protocols to ensure that patients receive the lowest possible dose of radiation necessary for diagnosis.

If you have any concerns about radiation exposure or dental X-rays, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your dentist. They can provide you with more information. Your comfort and peace of mind are important, and your dentist will work with you to ensure you feel confident and informed about your dental care.

What’s next?
  • Once you review your treatment plan with the dentist, a patient coordinator will meet with you to schedule any follow-up appointments, review payment options, and answer questions about insurance coverage of your recommended services.

     

  • Don’t forget to schedule your next hygiene appointment and exam before you leave. It’s a great way to make sure you stay on track with your dental health. When you provide us a cell phone and email address, you will receive text and email reminders of your upcoming appointments.