When should I bring my child for their first visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by age one. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Can I come back with my child for the exam and treatment?
Yes! We would be happy to have you join your child for their dental visits.
What should I expect at a first dental visit?
When you arrive, we will need to collect some important information and receive various permissions so we can see you or your child as a patient. Once that information is filled out and signed, we will invite you back, where depending on your needs, you may have some x-rays, a cleaning, and an exam by the doctor.
How often do I need to come to the dentist for a check up?
If you have teeth, the American Dental Association recommends a dental exam every six months. If you have had all your teeth extracted, the ADA still recommends an exam every year. Patients who have/are high risk for periodontal disease may be advised to have regular dental visits even more frequently.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please come prepared with your ID and insurance card. If you take several medications, please bring that list as well. Come prepared to fill out health history information. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your smile, of course!
What should I do if I require premedication?
Please contact our office ahead of time so we can ensure you have the premedication you need for your appointment.
How long will my appointment take?
A new patient cleaning and exam visit for children and adolescents tends to take thirty minutes to an hour after filling out the administrative information and being seated. Adult exams and cleanings tend to take a little longer–expect about an hour to an hour and a half. Appointment times for treatment vary depending on what treatment is needed.
It’s been a long time since I’ve come to see a dentist– what do I need to do?
No worries–time sneaks past all of us. If you are reading this, you are probably headed the right direction. We would welcome the opportunity to help you get back on track with your dental care.