Remember, your mouth is the gateway to your body’s health! Taking care of your teeth and gums is more than just about a bright smile. It’s about preventing tooth decay and gum disease, which are linked to serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Good oral hygiene isn’t just about looking good – it’s about living well. A healthy mouth supports a healthy body, and that’s your first step to a vibrant, energetic life. So, brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. It’s not just good for your mouth; it’s good for your entire well-being!
New to our Lake St. Louis dental office?
Have you ever gone to the dentist as a new patient and felt like a number, procedure, or problem … instead of a person? That’s why we’re committed to a different experience for every person who meets us. At our Lake St. Louis dental office, you’ll walk into a room full of friendly faces with an open, lively, and light-hearted atmosphere.
Your hygienist will accept and respect you, bringing you and your loved ones into a no-judgment zone. Our dentist, Dr. Matthew Boscia, will listen to understand, address your concerns, and offer recommendations to set you up for success.
Whatever happened in the past, today is a fresh start. We’re here to treat you like family. Because when you smile, we smile.
What new patients can expect at their first dentist appointment
Let’s face it. Most of us have some degree of shame when it comes to our oral health. Few of us have flossed often enough, brushed correctly, or been faithful to show up for our twice-yearly checkups. For some of us, it’s worse. We’ve been belittled, frightened, pushed around, or just treated like a problem to solve. A trip to the dentist feels like the last thing we want to do!
Don’t wait any longer. Because when you come to our dental office, we’ll welcome you with a smile. It’s bright and airy, with large picture windows overlooking Lake St. Louis. You’ll experience water, trees, and sunlight. You’ll meet a hygenist who wants to help you restore or maintain your oral health. And you’ll meet a dentist willing to talk with you. Dr. Boscia enjoys people! And he’s a creative problem-solver who will partner with you, explain your options, and help you create a plan for optimal oral health.
Contact New Creation Dental Care in Lake St. Louis, Missouri at (636) 625-1225 for more information on what to expect at your first checkup, or keep reading!
Call us or send us a message to schedule your appointment. Our hours are flexible, with early morning and early evening appointments available so you can work around your work or school schedule. And if you have a spouse or kids to schedule for, we make it easy for you! Arrive about fifteen minutes to fill out our intake forms. Then relax in our lobby!
What happens at my first visit?
First, schedule your appointment. Set some reminders (you don’t want to miss your appointment!). Then, you’ll kick back in a chair, get to know your hygenist, and start your oral exam. We’ll take x-rays and start checking for issues like gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues that may cause you discomfort and affect your overall health. Then, we’ll work with you to create a plan—no matter how simple or complex—to ensure you (or your loved one) can achieve and maintain the kind of oral health that’ll allow you to smile with confidence. :)
Dental cleaning expectations
You might have perfect oral hygiene when you visit us, but you may also feel like you’ve waited too long for an appointment or neglected your smile in another way. Don’t worry! We treat every patient with respect.
1. Oral Exam: Most teeth cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. Before the actual cleaning process begins, they start with an exam of your entire mouth. This is to check for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums) or other potential concerns.
2. Removal of Plaque and Tartar: Using special tools, the dental hygienist will scrape off plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it’s not removed, it can harden and become tartar, which you cannot remove on your own.
3. Gritty Toothpaste Cleaning: After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the hygienist brushes them with a high-powered electric brush, which makes a whirring noise. This is a way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind from the scaler.
4. Expert Flossing: Whether you floss regularly at home or not, nothing beats an expert flossing session. Your dental hygienist can get deep between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums.
5. Rinsing: Next, we’ll help you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris.
6. Fluoride Treatment (optional for most patients): The final step is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months.
Remember, regular teeth cleanings are important not just for clean teeth, but for a healthy mind and body as well. Regular visits to the dentist can help you maintain good oral hygiene and identify any health issues early on
What to Expect FAQS
Think of a dental exam as a kind of early warning system. It’s not just about checking teeth, it’s about catching small issues before they become big health problems. Dr. Boscia can spot signs of nutritional deficiencies, general infection, or even more serious conditions like oral cancer. Regular exams keep your teeth in top shape and can be a window into your overall health. It’s a small step with big benefits for your whole body’s wellness!
Getting ready for a dental exam is all about good habits and mindfulness. Start with consistent oral care at home—brush twice a day, floss daily, and don’t skip the mouthwash. Cut down on sugary snacks and drinks that can harm your teeth. Also, list down any dental issues or questions you have. This helps your dentist focus on your specific needs. Remember, preparation is key to a smooth, informative visit and lasting oral health!
For your dental appointment, bring a few key things:
• Your dental insurance card, if you have one, to sort out coverage details.
• Be ready to list any medications you’re taking, as they can affect your dental treatment.
• Jot down any dental concerns or symptoms you’ve noticed.
• Consider bringing your previous dental records if you’re new to our office.
This prep work ensures a streamlined, effective visit, so Dr. Boscia will have all he needs to provide the best care!
A typical dental cleaning is a quick and efficient process. It usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes. This time frame allows your hygienist to thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar, and gives your dentist a chance to examine your mouth for any issues. Remember, this short investment in your day is a big investment in your health. Regular cleanings are essential for maintaining not just oral health, but your overall well-being too!
If an X-ray is needed during your dental visit, it will add a bit more time to your appointment, but not much. Typically, dental X-rays take just a few minutes. They are a crucial part of the dental exam, giving your dentist a complete view of your teeth, roots, jaw placement, and facial bone composition. The process is quick, painless, and extremely helpful in diagnosing issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. So, while it adds a little time to your appointment, it’s a valuable tool for maintaining your oral health.
How can we help you? Book your dental exam today with New Creation Dental Care in Lake St. Louis, Missouri at (636) 625-1225!