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General Dentistry

Prevention is at the core of our philosophy. At your first dentist appointment, you will get to know your Kaiser Permanente dental team and have your first dental exam.

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What Should I Expect at My First Visit?

Your Dental Exam May Include:
  • Review of medical and dental history
  • Diagnostic exam, including dental X-rays
  • Gum disease evaluation
  • Tooth decay assessment
  • Head and neck cancer screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Review of medical care gaps (when applicable)

After your exam, your dentist will discuss the findings with you and ask about your medical and dental history. He or she will talk with you about any treatment you may need and plan a routine cleaning schedule.

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Comfort Menu

To ensure you’re as comfortable as possible during your visit, our Comfort Menu offers a list of items to help you relax:
  • Pillow
  • Earplugs
  • Squeeze ball
  • Blanket (heated, if you like)
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Moist towelette