YOUR PATIENT RESOURCE: WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT
DR. MUSIC’S OFFICE IS COMFORTABLE & WELCOMING
It can be unnerving to go to a new office, but Dr. Music’s office is welcoming and comfortable. During your introductory visit, Dr. Music and the staff will want to get to know you personally as well as medically. There will be some paperwork to do to get established with the office. After that, one of our hygienists will clean your teeth. Dr. Music will perform an oral exam and discuss your medical history, concerns, and general dental health with you. It’s especially important to discuss several things with Dr. Music:
Your concerns: Please share your concerns, whether it’s anxiety about going to the dentist or a medical concern. Open communication is very important for proper healthcare, and your relationship with your dentist is no different.
Your medical history: Any pre-existing conditions, concerns, or family susceptibilities are important to discuss with Dr. Music. Even if the issue may not seem related to your oral health, there is a strong connection between your general health and the health of your mouth.
Your dental health: What brought you into the office? Do you have concerns of any new cavities, tooth sensitivities, lumps, etc.?
Maintaining an open discourse with the doctor will allow her to notice issues more easily in the future and treat the ones you are concerned about now.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR PERSONALIZED CHECK UP
Most of your time spent at Dr. Music’s office will likely be for routine checkups, which are needed every six months to one year to prevent disease. There are several parts to a check up:
Cleaning: The hygienist will clean your teeth and remove the calculus (tartar) that builds up around the gum line. Flossing and brushing are effective at removing plaque, but tartar can only be removed at the dentist. This helps your teeth to feel clean and smooth.
Polishing: The hygienist will also polish your teeth, removing surface stains and plaque. This is done with a device similar to an electric toothbrush and an abrasive, toothpaste-like substance.
On the other hand, common discoloration comes from exposing the teeth to tobacco, tea, soy sauce, wine, and other corrosive and staining foods and drinks. The result is surface stains, which tend to get worse over time as the tooth “learns” to absorb more and more of the contaminant.
In this case, OTC systems as simple as whitening toothpaste may be helpful. However, abrasive ingredients in the toothpaste could potentially damage your teeth even as they are whitened. OTC systems are also less effective on teeth that are pitted and on stains that are brown or grayish. Whitening also tends to be ineffective on crowns, bonding, fillings, and bridges. This is why it’s important to consult a professional before committing to a particular system.
Dr. Music is here to help you with professional advice. She will have your smile shining in no time!
Recommendations: The hygienist or Dr. Music will make suggestions to improve your oral health, whether in an effort to prevent future disease or heal current issues.
X Rays: X rays may be performed to check for disease or cavities that are not visible to the naked eye. X rays are safe, painless, and integral to great oral care.
Attached are the forms required to start your relationship with our practice. If you would like, please print them and fill them out before your first visit to expedite the process. Otherwise, please arrive early for your appointment so that you can fill them out in the office. We look forward to getting to know you!