We Welcome New Patients
We accept new patients of all ages. You will have the opportunity to meet with our team and get to know Dr. Brush, family dentist in Laytonsville. We are committed to educating you about your dental needs and will answer any questions you may have concerning your treatment.
Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of dental care available today. Thank you for your confidence in our dental office and we look forward to meeting you.
New Patient Forms
To provide you with the most efficient new patient experience, please download and complete the forms below and bring them to your first appointment. Our team will take comprehensive records and address any concerns or questions you may have. If you have any problems downloading the forms, please contact our office and we will gladly send them to you.
Your First Visit to the Family Dentist
During your visit, we will answer any and all questions about your oral health. We will provide a detailed financial consultation to ensure your treatments are timed effectively and affordably.
Gather Necessary Information Beforehand
Discussing your family history may not be the first thing you think of when scheduling your dental appointment, but being familiar with your family’s medical history allows us to better care for your oral and overall health.
Like many other conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer, periodontal disease has strong genetic ties that can run in your family. Knowing your family’s medical history can help your Laytonsville family dentist keep an eye out for oral health issues such as gum disease or other conditions which present symptoms in the mouth, such as diabetes.
Aside from gathering any relevant personal or family medical information, be sure to review your dental insurance benefits as you prepare for your appointment. Knowing your level of coverage will help you understand what costs will be associated with your care. If you have any questions about using your dental insurance in our practice or if you would like information about paying for care without insurance, give us a call!
What Happens During Your Appointment?
Although this varies from patient to patient based on their individual needs, a dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and X-rays.
How frequently you need dental X-rays relies largely on your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as well.
If required, dental X-rays are generally taken at the beginning of your dental appointment. Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line.
Once it’s time for your cleaning, your family dentist or hygienist uses a small metal instrument known as a scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line and in between teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a lightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly whites and remove any tartar left behind after the previous step. Last but not least, they’ll finish your cleaning with a thorough flossing.
After your teeth are clean, your family dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. They will:
- Examine your teeth for signs of decay
- Check for gum swelling and redness, and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease
- Test how your top and bottom teeth come together and check for signs of teeth grinding or other potential orthodontic issues
- Examine your neck, lymph glands, and oral cavity for signs of oral cancer
Based on your exam, we’ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next family dentist appointment.
Insurance and Billing
We can help you maximize your benefits. We recommend that you contact our office prior to your appointment to provide us with insurance information for verification of benefits. We accept most major dental insurances and will file most claims for you as a courtesy. We will provide you with an explanation of your dental benefits and financial responsibilities up front, and work with you to ensure financing, if needed.
We provide multiple financing options to ensure you can receive the treatments you need with a plan you can afford.