First Appointment FAQs
What should I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit to our dental practice will be very similar to other dental visits that you have had. Depending on your oral health needs, you may undergo a dental cleaning, exam, or treatment. What makes your first visit unique is the paperwork that a member of our dental team will need to connect.
Should I arrive early?
Yes, we ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early so they can fill out patient forms. Even if you have completed forms beforehand, there may be tasks that still need to be completed before your doctor can see you.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Completed new patient forms
Dental insurance card (if you have one)
Identification cards (driver’s license works fine)
Patient history form
How long will my appointment last?
Your appointment length will vary depending on your needs, but we ask patients to save at least one hour and preferably 1.5 hours for their first visit. If your appointment involves a treatment that requires oral sedation, please arrange to have someone pick you up once you are released.
General Dentistry FAQs
Do I really need annual checkups and regular cleanings?
Checkups and cleanings prevent serious dental problems from developing. If you do have a small cavity, early detection and treatment can prevent the need for expensive restorative work or even a tooth extraction. Optimal oral health delivers more than a beautiful smile. Findings in oral-systemic health research have found a direct link between healthy gums and teeth and a lower risk of cardiovascular conditions and diseases. For these reasons, we recommend that patients visit our office for twice-a-year cleanings and one exam.
Is brushing enough to prevent dental problems?
Brushing at least twice a day is very important. We recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Beyond that, we recommend that our patients floss at least once a day. Brushing cannot reach the areas between your teeth. Flossing also strengthens your gums and can help prevent gum disease. Beyond brushing and flossing, using a quality therapeutic mouthwash is also important.
Can cavities be prevented?
Some level of tooth decay is an inevitable result of time, acidic foods, and wear on your teeth. Patients have an important role to play in preventing the onset of cavities. Good oral hygiene habits are important. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash reduce the presence of plaque and prevent the buildup of tartar. Plaque and tartar provide a home for bacteria that allows them to slowly eat away at your enamel.