Your First Visit to Oronoco Dental – What to Expect

A common question that many people have is “What happens during the first visit to a dentist appointment?”

Whether you’ve never been to a dentist before or you’re simply seeing a new dentist for the first time, you can expect to get a thorough cleaning, a full examination, and X-rays. Here is some information about what you can expect during your first visit to Oronoco Dental.

A Cleaning

Almost every dental checkup involves a cleaning from either the dentist or the dental hygienist. A dental hygienist uses special tools to remove built-up tartar and plaque from below the gum line. Built-up plaque and tartar are responsible for causing cavities, bad breath, gum disease, and more. Your hygienist and dentist may also floss and polish your teeth during the cleaning.

An Examinationfamily dentist alexandria va

Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of gum disease and other issues. The purpose of the examination is to help you maintain excellent oral health and identify and treat issues before they become serious in nature.


In some cases, a dentist may recommend X-rays. Whether you get an X-ray will depend on your age as well as your risk factors for certain diseases. X-rays are able to diagnose issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. X-rays can identify cysts, tumors, impacted teeth, abscesses, damage to the jawbone, and decay between teeth. The machines used today at a modern dental office emit very little radiation. However, you will still be asked to wear a lead apron before you have an X-ray.

Most dentist appointments are check-ups, so you can expect to get a cleaning, an examination, and possibly X-rays at your first visit to Oronoco Dental. For more information about what you can expect, don’t hesitate to contact us.