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First Dental Visit | Hawaii Family Dental

Your comfort and experience are essential from the start - beginning with a walkthrough of what you can expect during your first visit. 

Hello and Check-in

Please come 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete your new patient paperwork. Or, you can download the forms here and bring them with you. A Patient Concierge will greet you and help check you in. 

Initial Exam and X-Rays

A Dental Assistant will take digital x-rays. Some diseases, like cavities and bone infections, can hide below your gum line. X-Rays can help the early diagnosis of many dental problems and can help lead to more successful outcomes. If you're pregnant, please let the Dental Assistant know before taking X-Rays.

Next, you'll meet your dentist, who will review your medical history. If you have any oral health questions or concerns, please share them. The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, mouth and review your X-Rays. This includes looking for cavities, signs of plaque buildup, checking your gums' health, and other oral issues. Your neck, head, face, throat, and tongue will also be checked for indications of swelling, complications, or other severe diseases like oral cancer.

If any issues are found, your dentist will create a comprehensive dental treatment plan for you. It will identify any problems that are bothering you now and identify any that may impact your long-term oral health.  

Teeth Cleaning

If no issues are found, a thorough cleaning of your teeth will take place. Plaque that has built up will be scraped off your teeth, as well as any tartar that has collected above and below your gum line. Flossing between and around every tooth will then be done to remove clinging food particles or plaque.

Using a tooth polisher and lightly abrasive paste, your teeth are given a smooth and shiny finish, making the accumulation of plaque difficult before the next cleaning.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

The American Dental Association recommends people have their teeth cleaned twice a year. Regular appointments are important in removing tartar, before they harden and become plaque. Plaque is a type of dangerous oral bacteria that can cause gum disease, cavities, and other health problems. Tartar also causes bad breath.

Another reason to see the dentist regularly is to catch oral cancer and other oral diseases early. By diagnosing and treating early, you can avoid costly, painful situations down the road.

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