It’s a big step to schedule your first appointment with your new dentist in West University Place. Not knowing what to expect, you wonder, “What all do I need to bring?” or “Will I have tons of forms to fill out when I get there?” You then ask yourself, “What does a first visit entail?” You’ll get answers to these questions as you continue reading so that your preventive dentistry experience will be a pleasant and productive one.
What Happens Before the Appointment Starts?
Whereas you once had to sit in your dentist’s office filling out a mound of paperwork, your new professional offers short and simple forms for you to access online, so that you can lessen your wait time when you arrive for your visit. You can either download, print and fill them out or complete them through a convenient online portal.
The forms serve the following purposes:
- To gather valuable information about medical history so that your dentist and staff can deliver the safest and most effective care.
- To inform you of the financial commitments of your care and the different methods of payment accepted.
What Happens During the Visit?
Once the paperwork is completed, here’s what you can expect to happen during the visit:
- Your dental hygienist will review your medical history with you.
- You’ll receive a thorough cleaning.
- Next, your hygienist will perform the first of two examinations. This one will be to identify any odd growths in your mouth, bleeding or signs of cavities.
- This will be followed by a series of X-Rays that will help to establish a baseline for the current condition of your oral health, which your dentist will be able to refer to in the future.
- Your dentist will review the X-Rays and then perform a second examination – this time to look for such things as signs of oral cancer, jaw misalignment and gum disease.
- After the examination is over, she will go over the results with you, field any of your questions and discuss a plan of action to move forward.
Preventive Care is Empowering?
Maintaining regular visits with your dentist for preventive care is, indeed, very empowering. It eliminates the guessing and places you in a state of ‘knowing.’ You’ll know that harmful plaque and tartar have been removed and what is going on with the health of your mouth.
In addition, your dentist will motivate you to rekindle your oral hygiene habits if they’ve waned a bit, so that you can enjoy the absolute best dental health.
So to schedule your first appointment, feel free to reach out to your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Neda Dodig earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch, where she received several awards in Aesthetic and General Dentistry. A passionate professional, Dr. Dodig takes hours of continuing education courses annually to further expand her knowledge. She practices at West U Dental and can be reached for more information through her website.