At Perrigo Dental Care, our new patients will experience top-of-the-line customer service when they come for their first dental cleaning and dental exam. New patients can print and fill out their paperwork before they walk into our facility to expedite the registration process.
In our office, we very rarely run behind schedule, so you can be sure you will be taken care of on time. One of our staff members will offer you a free beverage and an office tour for you to get familiar with our facility. Our patients then meet with Dr. Perrigo, who takes care of each patient without rushing. He really cares about the patient’s needs and the reason for the visit. He also tries to answer any questions with as much detail as possible so that the patient can better understand.
You will also get X-rays done on your first dental exam. The doctor will discuss any treatment plan if necessary during this 1-hour appointment. Patient education is vitally important for us here at Perrigo Dental Care, so we take our time to explain to the patient everything that the doctor is recommending and how our procedures work.
As far as hygiene, you will get a “report card” rating your hygiene, as well as a visual oral cancer screening. If needed, the doctor will discuss repair techniques such as tooth fillings and gum disease treatment.
Teeth Cleanings and Gum Disease
One of our experienced hygienists will speak with you about proper oral hygiene and techniques you should use to keep good oral health for life. If you’re experiencing any gum disease, we are here to help you with that as well.
Regular dental cleaning with a hygienist are important because brushing your teeth alone does not remove hardened plaque that may occur. This plaque buildup can be removed by one of our hygienists during your cleaning appointment.
If left untreated, tooth decay and hardened plaque can cause gum infections. During your cleaning, we will look for any possible infection or disease and treat it. In the event of severe gum disease, we will refer you to a periodontist.
Ultrasonic Scaler and Prophy Jet Polish
At Perrigo Dental Care, we use ultrasonic scalers, which are used to clean your teeth in the gentlest way possible. The ultrasonic scaler works by sending high-frequency sound waves that vibrate to remove stains, plaque, and calculus from your teeth, making the cleaning a super fast process versus the regular hand scaler that most dentists use. This also makes the dental cleaning a lot more comfortable and effective on cleanings above, as well as below, the gum line.
After the dental cleaning with the ultrasonic scaler, our hygienists also use Prophy Jet polishing with the Prophy Jet device, which is a hand-held instrument that uses baking soda and water to remove any leftover plaque. The Prophy Jet has a high-pressure stream of water that, in combination with the baking soda, helps remove stains and any other remaining food or tobacco that may have accumulated on the teeth. It does all this while polishing your teeth for a bright ending.