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Teeth Cleaning

teeth cleaningScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Welcome to Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry. We are glad you found us! We currently are accepting new patients. So, whether you just moved to town, or are looking for a new dentist to serve the oral health needs of you and your family, we welcome you to our Scotts Valley dental practice. Our dentists, Drs. Max and Ariana Ebrahimian have exceptional credentials, offer uncompromising care, and help patients achieve beautiful, functional smiles.

What to expect during a new patient exam

Once you arrive at our office for your appointment, our lovely business administrator, Tina Ebrahimian, will greet you at the front desk. Tina is Dr. Max’s wife and Dr. Ariana’s mother. As you can see, we truly are family here, and we are excited that you have placed your trust in us to provide for your oral health care needs. After Tina checks you in and assures that we have all of your new patient paperwork on file, a dental staff member will escort you to a private room where you will meet with one of our exceptional dentists.

The first appointment is a consultation where we assess your oral health, review any previous dental records that you may have requested to be sent to us, and get to know you and what your goals are for your smile. We like to work together with our patients on creating healthy, beautiful, functional smiles. So, we value your opinion and want to know what it is that you want to achieve regarding your smile.

What to expect as a new patient to our office

At your first dental cleaning, our dental hygienist Jeanne Shimizu will begin the appointment by taking initial X-rays. This provides us with a baseline for monitoring any changes with your oral health. Also, it allows us to look at the health of your jawbone, tooth roots, and assess between your teeth for potential cavities.

Next, Jeanne will document any apparent dental issues that the dentist will address with you later during your exam. And then, she will gauge your gum health by gently probing around each tooth to measure the depth between your teeth and your gums. This assessment is to determine if a patient has gum disease, and to what degree, so that we can provide the best dental cleaning for you. This information is stored securely in a digital file that only our dental care team has access to.

A thorough dental cleaning comes next. The purpose of the dental cleaning is to remove buildup from your teeth that otherwise could lead to gum infection or tooth decay. Jeanne will use either manual tools or an electronic scaler to remove tartar buildup, depending on your oral health needs.

Your teeth will be flossed as well. And, if you have a denture prosthesis, this too will receive a good cleaning while at your appointment. The final step involves polishing your teeth with a slow speed dental tool. This process removes any stains from your teeth, as well as any residual buildup that may still be remaining.

This entire process should not be uncomfortable. If you feel apprehensive about even getting your teeth cleaned, speak with us about sedation dentistry options or our revolutionary NuCalm, the medication-free way of feeling relaxed while at the dentist.

One of our family dentists will then come by to meet you and provide you with a full oral health assessment. He or she will consider any notations made by your dental hygienist and discuss treatment options for any problems that were identified.

Aspects of your oral health that will be assessed include:

  • Teeth
  • Gum health
  • Bite alignment
  • Airway assessment
  • Rest oral posture (how the tongue rests)
  • Tongue and lip-tie evaluation
  • Oral cancer screening
  • TMJ evaluation (if presenting any symptoms)

If you have any questions regarding your oral health or recommended treatments, we invite you to discuss these with us during your appointment.

What to mention to the dentist

In an effort to provide the best care, we also rely on our patients to let us know when there is a problem going on with their teeth, gums, mouth, or any other changes in their health. We believe in the systemic connection between oral health and the health of the entire body.

Let your dentist know if you experience any of the following conditions, whether occasional or chronic.

  • Oral pain of the teeth or soft tissue (tongue or gums)
  • Jaw or facial pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Neck or back pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Forgetfulness (or memory problems)
  • Mood swings
  • Bad breath that does not go away with good oral hygiene
  • Sores or lesions in the mouth
  • Lumps or nodules located anywhere from the neck up
  • Loose teeth

All of these issues point to an underlying problem. Our Los Gatos dentists have specialized training and education to identify disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint disorder, and oral cancer. Therefore, be sure to tell us about any unusual symptoms you may be experiencing.

Until next time

At the conclusion of your appointment, full payment is due before you leave. We also will schedule your next six-month cleaning and exam, as well as any additional appointments that you may need, such as restorative care or cosmetic treatments previously discussed with your dentist.

Part of maintaining a beautiful, functional smile involves taking care of your teeth and gums. This starts with you by following through with an oral hygiene regimen at home. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. But, the commitment does not stop there. Routine dental cleanings and exams should be part of your efforts to maintain a healthy smile. These routine visits should occur once every six months.

Dentist accepting new patients in Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz

If you are interested in learning more about our services or would like to book a new patient consultation, contact our office by calling (831) 824-5111. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you with scheduling your consultation or any subsequent dental appointments that you may need. New patient forms are located online for your convenience.

As general dentists in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, we gladly accept new patients to our family.