General Dentistry

Gentle and Effective Dentistry from Fort Collins, Colorado’s Most Recommended Family Dentist


General Dentistry in Fort Collins: Cleaning & Prevention | Foothills - tooth1Compassionate General Dentistry with Beautiful Results

Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.  Operating in both our South Location and Old Town locations, we give Fort Collins residents a range of different opportunities to clean, straighten, whiten and restore their teeth.

Our services are given with a keen eye and gentle touch, producing stunning results every time. Your smile is our first priority, and our amazing dental teams give you something to smile about.


Our Comprehensive Dental Services Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy and Your Breath Fresh

To keep a healthy mouth and bright smile, you need proper regular cleanings from a qualified and experienced dentist. We take extra measures to ensure that your oral health is as healthy as it can be. At Foothills Family Dental, it’s no secret that we treat our patients like family, we take the extra time to effectively communicate with each and every patient. Our team understands that no two mouths are alike which is why we like to talk in-depth with all our patients to discuss their oral health, any treatments needed and preventative maintenance plans to keep their teeth healthy.

Our main focus is a proactive and preventative dentistry approach — we like to stop the problems before they start. A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.

At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:

  • Examination of Diagnostic X-Rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-Rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of Existing Restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists.

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

We Take Preventative Measures to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

At Foothills Family Dental, we take a comprehensive approach to your oral health with an emphasis on prevention and maintenance. Our preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. 

Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet.  It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. 

Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Lastly, prevention also helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.

We Utilize the Latest Technology to Accurately Diagnose and Treat Oral Issues

The team at Foothills Family Dental is proud to introduce the Dexis CariVu, a revolutionary instrument changing the way we view teeth and treat restorations. The CariVu is a radiation-free digital imaging tool with trans-illumination. This exciting new technology shines a bright light through the tooth allowing us to see through the tooth and take very detailed images of the problem area. The CariVu is especially helpful in diagnosing and treating cavities between teeth, but is also used at specific times during the restoration process to allow us to see any other suspicious areas that may need our attention before we complete the procedure. While the CariVu does not fully replace traditional dental imaging, it is an amazing new tool that allows us to provide the most comprehensive dental service in Fort Collins, CO.

Disclaimer: The DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a diagnostic aid for the detection of open or incipient caries lesions above the gingiva and for monitoring the progress of such lesions. Indications for use for CariVu are detection of smooth surface caries, occlusal caries, proximal caries, initial caries, secondary caries, and cracks.  DEXIS CariVu utilizes near infrared transillumination and uses non-ionizing radiation. Visit DEXIS.com/ifu for indications for use.

To schedule a dental exam and cleaning or for more information on our general dentistry services, contact Foothills Family Dental today.


  • Voted Patient's Choice Award for a Reason!
    I recently switched to Foothills Family Dental after my husband chose to use them. We both find the entire staff to be extremely friendly and easy to work with. They make the whole process of going to the dentist a lot less stressful then other places we've been. And they have fun there, which helps puts the patients as ease (at least it does for me and my husband, who hates going to the dentist!). The hygienists and front office staff are all very nice and both Dr. Richard Pass and Katie, the Treatment Assistant who helped him with my procedure, made sure I knew what was going on every step of the way and that I was comfortable. I am happy I made the switch to this office. Five star rating! Karen H. Read More Testimonials *Results May Vary
  • Voted Patient's Choice Award for a Reason!
    Staci did a great job as always. Her friendly demeanor makes me feel relaxed, lets me know what's coming, checks in with my comfort level and is very professional. I've been with Foothills Family Dental for years and it's the first dentist office where I've felt positive about my dental care. Five star rating! Jeanne S. Read More Testimonials *Results May Vary
  • Voted Patient's Choice Award for a Reason!
    Stacie and the doctor were interested in me as a person. I was surprised how much they remembered about me and my family. Then I enjoyed a pain-free teeth cleaning. The doctor then quickly looked at my teeth and gave an honest what should be done but not what could wait. I appreciate that. Five star rating! Tom H. Read More Testimonials *Results May Vary
  • Voted Patient's Choice Award for a Reason!
    From the helpful front desk ladies to the very informative dental technicians/ hygienists, and of course Dr. Richard, this practice is surely one of the best. I am continually impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly staff. I never leave feeling like I have unanswered questions about my healthcare. I will continue to receive my dental care with Dr. Richard and refer my friends and family to Foothills Family Dental for as long as I live in Colorado. Five star rating! Samantha C. Read More Testimonials *Results May Vary
  • Voted Patient's Choice Award for a Reason!
    I was received at exactly my scheduled appointment time by a very friendly dental assistant, Fey, who performed my x-rays and cleaning quickly and thoroughly. I was clearly explained my diagnoses and was promptly scheduled for a follow-up appointment! Five star rating! Maria S. Read More Testimonials *Results May Vary