Patient Information

We recognize that everyone has different reasons for seeking out a new dentist.  Whether you’re struggling with pain, ready for a beautiful makeover, or simply overdue for a cleaning, you’ll find the personalized approach you need right here at Coral Family Dentistry. Please help us make your next visit as efficient as possible and fill out your necessary paperwork ahead of time.

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Downloadable Patient Forms

For your convenience, we invite you to download and complete our new patient forms before you arrive. Or, if you’re an existing patient and need to update your Medical History Form, you can easily download that form here as well.

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Insurance Information

As your partner in health, we want to help you make choices that will permit you to enjoy a high level of quality care.

When you choose quality dental care, we believe that includes state-of-the-art technology, a caring, well-trained staff and a safe environment you can trust. This is the foundation of our practice. Unfortunately, some insurance programs limit your choice of doctors to those who operate under a reduced fee, and often prohibit the use of state-of-the-art materials which can limit the level and quality of care.

Our office has elected not to contract with programs that operate under these terms.  However, if you are a participant in one of these programs, you still may be able to use your insurance benefits at our office. Our administrative team is here to work with you and your insurance company.

We urge employers to select programs that allow you to use the doctors of your choice. You, and only you, should have the power to decide who will best help you effectively manage your health.


Tooth Brushing Tips

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your teeth from unnecessary abrasion.

Electric toothbrushes with oscillating bristles are easy to use and extremely effective at removing plaque and bacteria. Ask one of our team members about what electric toothbrush we recommend.

If you are using a manual brush Make sure to move the brush in a circular motion over every tooth and every tooth surface.

Angle the brush towards the gumline to remove as much bacteria from the  gums as possible.

Spend 30 seconds brushing each corner of the mouth: upper right, upper left, lower left and lower right. Setting a timer for 2 minutes can help you keep time and make sure you’re removing as much bacteria as possible.

Always brush two times every day!

Flossing Tips

Choose a flossing method that works for you!

Gently guide the floss in between the teeth.

When you reach the gumline, guide the floss up and around the tooth.

If using traditional floss, wrap the floss in a C shape around the tooth to clean as much surface area as possible.

If using pre-threaded flossers, pivot the floss so you can clean as much surface area as possible.

If you have questions about how to floss most effectively, ask Dr. Rutsis or her tenured Hygiene Staff!

Dealing With Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist is a common source of fear and anxiety for many people. At Coral Family Dentistry, we understand that past experiences may have caused you to be wary of the dentist. We put our patients at ease by listening, being empathetic and using a gentle hand.

Tips for staying calm when you visit the dentist

  1. Identify and share your fears. If you’re tense or anxious, tell Dr. Rutsis and her staff. Identify your specific fear: Pain, Claustrophobic, Sounds.  Expressing your concerns will help Dr. Rutsis adapt the treatment to your needs.
  2. Focus on breathing regularly and slowly during dental procedures. When people are nervous they tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of panic. Dr. Rutsis will remind you throughout the appointment to take deep breaths through your nose. It is helpful to practice this deep breathing before your dental appointment in order to implement it during the procedure.  As in some meditation techniques, a focus on slow, regular breathing helps reduce stress levels.
  3. Listen to some tunes. If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring along your favorite music and earphones.
  4. Watch what you eat and drink.  Avoid caffeine before a dental appointment. Eat high-protein foods which – unlike sugary foods – produce a calming effect.
  5. Use hand signals. Empower yourself by agreeing on hand signals to communicate with Dr. Rutsis.  Before every procedure Dr. Rutsis will remind you if a break is needed signal with your left hand and she will give you a break and make sure you are comfortable.
  6. Choose a low-stress appointment time. Select a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. This might mean a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

Additional Information for overcoming your Dental Fears

We want to make sure that you have a positive experience while receiving dental work. It is important to communicate your fears with our team so we can best treat you. Remember visiting the dentist regularly ensures that you receive the preventative care you need to prevent costly time consuming procedures. If you have concerns about your appointment, please let us know! We will be happy to answer any questions and ensure your comfort is our highest priority.