When you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office. For your convenience, the forms required for your first visit with us can be found under the ‘Online Forms’ tab. You may fill these out in advance of your appointment to save time!
Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth. In most cases, we will also clean your teeth on this visit and provide an evaluation that will outline your existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
Your Child’s First Visit
We encourage parents to bring their young children with them so they can become acclimated to the dental environment. We often offer young children rides in the chairs, free toothbrushes and toys. The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday. We will see children younger than three if there are any areas of concern that the parents may have.The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.