Whenever possible, part of a child's first visit is to come in during their parent's visit to get used to the surroudings.

Before your first visit

Please complete the Patient Information form and the Medication Record form.

You should also carefully read the Notice of Privacy Practices disclosure and sign the associated Privacy Acknowledgement Form. Bring this to our office on your first visit.

If your child is a minor and will be receiving treatment with us, please read and sign the Consent to Treat Minor Child form.


At your first visit

For adults:
As a new adult patient to our practice, you will receive a comprehensive dental exam and a professional cleaning.

At your initial visit we will take two types of diagnostic x-rays. Bitewing films are used to evaluate for decay between teeth and check bone height around teeth. The panoramic film is essential for detecting abscesses (infections), tumors, cysts, and tooth positions.

The dental hygienist performs a professional dental cleaning by removing calculus (tartar), plaque, and polishing your teeth to remove stain. The hygienist also evaluates for periodontal (gum) disease using tissue probing depths. The hygienist will discuss brushing and flossing techniques and has several education tools available.

After your professional cleaning the doctor will perform a comprehensive exam. The exam preformed by the doctor includes evaluation of the diagnostic x-rays, tooth decay, existing restorations, and an oral cancer exam. A fluoride treatment is recommended for all our patients at the end of your appointment to restore demineralized or weakened tooth structure.

For children:
Children that visit our practice will enjoy our child-friendly video area, interactive train table, children's books, and toys.

At your child's first visit a comprehensive exam and a professional cleaning will be performed. We will take diagnostic x-rays to evaluate eruption patterns and check for tooth decay. The exam performed by the doctor includes evaluation of the diagnostic x-rays, tooth decay, existing restorations, and an oral cancer exam. Our dental hygienist or a certified dental assistant will polish and floss the child's teeth to remove plaque and stain.

Our staff always takes time to show children the dental instruments and describe the appointment in detail. We will also teach your child how to brush and floss using different educational instruments and animated videos.

A fluoride treatment is recommended for all our patients at the end of your appointment to restore demineralized or weakened tooth structure.

What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination?
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
  • infections in the bone
  • peridontal (gum) disease
  • abscesses or cysts
  • developmental abnormalities
  • some types of tumors

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. It can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.

How do dental x-rays compare to other sources of radiation?
We are exposed to radiation every day from various sources, such as frequent airplane travel and high altitudes, minerals in the soil, and appliances in our homes (like smoke detectors and television screens). The amount of radiation from a dental x-ray is remarkably lower than other amounts. A comparision chart from the American Dental Association illustrates this point.