While many adults put off going to the dentist, the American Dental Association recommends checkups and cleanings every six months. If this will be your first visit to our office, don’t worry-our friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Here are a few things you should know before your appointment as well as what you can expect when you arrive.
Before the Appointment
- Contact your last dentist and have your records forwarded to our office.
- If you have Dental insurance: please, provide us with your personal information and your insurance information 2-3 days ahead so our staff will be able to verify coverage& confirm the details of your benefits.
- Fill the New Patient forms on our website before coming to the office (Place link here: Adult / Child) or at least get to your appointment 15-30 minutes earlier so you can fill the forms on our IPads.
- Bring a valid acceptable Photo ID and your insurance card with you so we can get you into our system right away.
- Brush and floss your teeth before the appointment.
- Be prepared to talk to your dentist about your family’s medical history, not just your dental history. Some health conditions or medications may affect certain types of anesthesia or procedure.
Your Child First Dental Visit
- This visit is to help your child feel comfortable with the dentist and to create a Dental Home. The first dental visit is recommended as soon as the first tooth erupts. The first visit often lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
- Depending on your child’s age, the visit may include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development. If needed, your child may have gentle cleaning; this includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar, and stains. The dentist may show you and your child proper home cleaning such as flossing, and advise you on the need for fluoride
- The dentist may recommend X-rays to diagnose decay, depending on your child’s age. X-rays are also used to see if the root of a jammed baby tooth may be affecting an adult tooth.
What to Expect
When you first arrive at our office, we’ll get you registered and make sure your information is in our system. Then you’ll head back to meet your dentist. Our dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, head & neck area for any problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, or signs of oral cancer. Dental X-rays will be needed in order to give your dentist a full view of your teeth.
After this, you can ask your dentist any questions you may have and he or she may give you tips for how to properly care for your teeth until your next appointment. You will also have the chance to discuss any procedures you might be interested in, such as teeth whitening or filling replacements.