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Regular Exams and Cleanings

Dr. Vanama recommends patients of all ages get regular exam and cleaning every six months at our Issaquah office.

teeth cleaningDr. Vanama highly recommends that both adults and children come in for a regular exam and cleaning every six months. This is important because having your teeth professionally cleaned improves your long-term oral health. It also provides your dentist in Issaquah the opportunity to detect issues such as tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and infections as early as possible. We encourage you to schedule an appointment even if it’s been a while since you visited a dentist. Routine exams typically take about 45 minutes to complete.

What to Expect at Your Exam

Our hygienists clean your teeth by scraping away plaque and tartar that has built up over time. We also brush and floss your teeth for you and discuss ways you could improve your oral hygiene habits if necessary. Dr. Vanama then checks your teeth, gums, and jaw for obvious signs of problems.

Our staff also takes X-rays to look for problems that are not visible with the naked eye. Some examples include cavities between the teeth or wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted. The intervals at which we take X-rays may be limited by the restrictions of your dental insurance provider.

While inspecting your mouth, Dr. Vanama looks for gingivitis, gum disease, bruxism, TMJ, and other common dental issues. She also screens for oral cancer at each preventive exam. Even if you don’t have an obvious issue now, Dr. Vanama may determine that you are at risk of developing one in the future. This allows her to create a prevention plan.

Some issues only require monitoring while others need more aggressive intervention. Your dentist in Issaquah will discuss her findings with you before you leave your routine exam. If she does find a problem, you will need to return for a follow-up appointment or visit a specialist.

How to Prepare for Your First Routine Exam with Us

The staff at Discovery Dental wants you to feel comfortable in every encounter with us. If you haven’t visited us before, we recommend that you obtain your full medical history. This includes all diseases and conditions, not only those related to your oral health. We also need to know the prescription and non-prescription drugs you take regularly and lifestyle habits that could affect your dental health. This is to ensure that we provide you with the best possible service.

Patient Testimonials

DrVanama a great dentist!

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

Sue Skelton

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:59+00:00

Sue Skelton

DrVanama a great dentist! She is professional, warm and very thorough. She also has massage chairs, warm blankets and TV's so it is a more relaxed experience. I would reccommend her to anyone.

We are very glad to have her in our area

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

Elizabeth Watkins

5.0
2016-03-05T06:29:23+00:00

Elizabeth Watkins

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Vanama. We began with her when she was first getting started in the Highlands. She has always taken very good care of both of us and has continued to make us feel comfortable and at ease in her office. She and her staff always have a welcoming attitude! We have recommended her to several of our friends. We are very glad to have her in our area.

I constantly refer patients to her

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

Kathryn Campbell

5.0
2016-03-05T06:28:00+00:00

Kathryn Campbell

My family has been coming to Dr. Vanama for over 8 years. I constantly refer patients to her. Her staff always remember us, and my kids love her. Dr. Vanama is very attentive to your comfort and she had definitely earned our loyalty.

My best dental experience ever!!

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Pratyusha Naidu

5.0
2016-03-05T06:27:12+00:00

Pratyusha Naidu

Right from the start, I knew this was the office for me! All of the staff members were warm, caring, and highly skilled. Dr. Vanama really took the time to identify my concerns and problems, which made me feel confident in the treatment that I was receiving. My best dental experience ever!! Thanks 🙂

Vanama and her team provide the best possible care

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

Ed Wilhelme

5.0
2016-03-29T14:55:23+00:00

Ed Wilhelme

Always a great experience, Dr. Vanama has a very calming manner and Joelle is a killer hygienist, (in a good way!) My family and I look forward to our visits because we know how important good oral health is to our futures and that Dr. Vanama and her team provide the best possible care. I would and have recommended this office to friends and family.

She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

Susan Draughon

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:06+00:00

Susan Draughon

I have been seeing Dr. Vanama for my dental needs for several years. She is very professional, thorough, and thoughtful. When it is necessary to refer me to a specialist, she has the specialist come to her office for the convenience of the patient. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama.

I have much confidence in her as a dentist

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Nicholas Moe

5.0
2016-03-29T14:56:41+00:00

Nicholas Moe

I have been a patient of Dr. Vanama for several years during which my experiences have been very positive. She is very approachable in regard to questions and finding the best course of treatment. I have much confidence in her as a dentist. Thank you.

Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit

Alyason Mitchell

5.0
2016-03-29T14:58:17+00:00

Alyason Mitchell

Every time I go to Discovery Dental I am completely satisfied with their services. Dr. Vanama is very knowledgeable and very likable. This is the first time I have ever had any dental work done and Dr. Vanama was very helpful throughout the entire process. I have never had a bad experience! I look forward to every visit
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