Welcome to Our Practice
Welcome to Valley Smiles Dental Care in Athens, Alabama. Oral health is very important for many people, and finding a dentist who perfectly suits their needs is a priority.
Generally, patients tend to select a dentist and remain with the practice for a long time. However, under specific circumstances, such as moving to a new neighborhood, people have to find new doctors.
We are here to serve all your oral needs.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
Release of Records Consent
Download the release of records consent form.
New Patient Paperwork and Documentation
Since it will be your first time at Valley Smiles Dental Care, please complete the New Patient Form. Evaluating your medical history allows your dentist to get a better understanding of your dental care needs. The form will take some time to fill out, so we recommend coming in a few minutes early to your appointment. If you prefer to fill these forms out before you arrive, please click on the following link:
At Valley Smiles Dental Care, our dentist’s goal is to ensure optimal dental care and a beautiful smile. To help you during your first visit to Valley Smiles Dental Care, here is a brief summary of services:
Making an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, call our dental office so that our staff can assist you with finding a day and time that is available and convenient for you.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing before the appointment will help our dentist properly examine your teeth with efficiency and ease.
It is important that our new patients understand that they shouldn't hide anything from our dentist about their oral health. Our dentist is concerned with your oral health, and hiding important information (such as smoking or not brushing your teeth regularly) can have an impact on the treatment and services that our dentist recommends. Therefore, it is crucial that you complete an accurate medical and dental history on your first visit.
If you feel anxious before going to your first appointment, we want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve the smile you want regardless of your current oral state. We are here for you!
At the Dental Office
When you arrive at our dental office, please check in with the receptionist. After our dentist has been alerted and all the necessary paperwork has been submitted, a member of our staff will call your name and ask you to follow him or her to proceed with the consultation.
Your Health History
Before the dental exam is performed, talk to our dentist about your health history. This will give our dentist insight into your oral health and underlying causes of any present issues, if any.
X-rays are taken so that our dentist can properly examine your teeth, jawbone and overall bone health. If you are pregnant, please let our dentist know beforehand.
On the first visit, our dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. During this comprehensive exam, the dentist will check the mouth and teeth for any chronic or potential issues. The dentist will be checking for any periodontal diseases (also known as gum disease), tooth decay and gingivitis. Our dentist will also review the X-rays and let you know if there is anything that you should be concerned about. After the comprehensive exam is done, our dentist will formulate a custom-made treatment plan for you and inform you of any other recommendations.
Our dentist may recommend you get a professional teeth cleaning. Dental cleanings are meant to remove and maintain a healthy smile free of stains. During this cleaning session, our dentist will remove or “scale” accumulated plaque from outside or from in-between the teeth using our dental instruments. After a thorough cleaning has been done, our dentist will polish the teeth.
After your treatment is over, our dentist may recommend products that help prevent future dental issues and ensure that your oral health is always at its best. Some of the products recommended are fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes that help prevent cavities, sealants or a dental care kit.
This is the best time to ask our dentist any questions or express any doubts that may linger in your mind. Our dentist doesn’t mind demonstrating how to floss properly or the right brushing techniques, so asking for assistance is highly encouraged.
Scheduling the Next Visit
After your first visit, ask the receptionist to schedule your next appointment and to make any necessary payments. We will schedule you based on our dentist’s recommendation and your availability.
When leaving our office, make sure to follow our dentist’s advice to keep your teeth clean and maintain optimal oral health long after treatment.
All of these services are provided by our dentist with efficiency and care. Call us to set up an appointment or feel free to visit us at Valley Smiles Dental Care in Athens, Alabama, for a personal consultation that will help you answer any questions that you may have.