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What should I expect at my initial visit?

How should I prepare for my first dental appointment?

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

Why is a dental examination important? It’s more than just a check-up!

What should I expect at my initial visit?

  • First, you will need to fill out a new patient chart containing relevant medical and dental information. This chart can be obtained from the reception before the appointment if you prefer.
  • It is important to be open with your dentist regarding any medical conditions (including medications, supplements, use of tobacco products etc.) because this could directly influence your dental care.
  • Please also notify the doctor if you are experiencing any concerns, for example, hot/cold sensitivity, pain, loose teeth.
  • Dr. Bubola will carry out a thorough examination of the following important dental structures:dentist-check-up
    Extra-oral hard and soft tissues: jaw function and health, bones of the face, glands and lymph nodes.
    The jaw and teeth will sometimes show signs of clenching or grinding. This is a treatable problem that can cause headaches or a sore jaw, and can if serious, lead to hearing loss and tooth loss.
    Intra-oral soft tissue: lips, tongue, cheeks and upper and lower surfaces of your mouth, for signs of oral cancer or soreness
    Gum tissue: to examine for signs of inflammation, bone loss, infection, and other presentations of gum disease. Also to assess your oral hygiene to confirm plaque and tartar levels that can adversely affect gums and teeth.
    Tooth Condition: identification of any damaged or decayed teeth, along with condition of dentures or implants. Existing dental work (fillings, root canals, crowns) will also be evaluated.
    Growth and Development of baby and permanent teeth in children and teenagers will also be assessed.
  • Based on the clinical findings, Dr. Bubola will make patient-specific diagnoses and recommend treatments. When indicated, the dentists and their team use visual aids (intra-oral camera, diagrams, models) to help explain the situation.
  • Radiographs (*include link to treatment section), if necessary, will be prescribed to aid with clinical evaluation and an accurate diagnosis.
  • We encourage our patients to ask questions and express any concerns about their oral health at any time!

How should I prepare for my first dental appointment? You should consider bringing the following:

  • Radiograph duplicates from any previous dental office (if available and less than 2 years old). You can alternatively sign a release form for these x-rays in advance, or the day of your new patient appointment, if it is more convenient.
  • List of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements (name, dosing regimen)
  • List of medical conditions
  • Any oral health related questions or concerns
  • We are a fragrance free environment for the health of our staff and patients who have allergies and sensitivities to fragrances. Kindly do not use fragrances (i.e. perfume, cologne, hairspray, aftershave, hand-scented lotion) before to your appointment/when visiting our office.

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

  • The Canadian Dental Association recommends a “healthy baby check-up” within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth, or by one year of age to ensure soft tissue health, rule out dental disease (like early cavities) and provide information for parents.
  • Our goals with the first dental visit are to identify and treat any early oral disease and to help parents establish an effective preventive regime at home. The initial examination also helps children become accustomed to our office, and enjoy future appointments.
  • It is important for parents to understand that early childhood tooth decay is becoming more common, so it’s in the best interest of their child’s health to have regular dental care.
  • Some tips to make the first dental visit easier include:KidsBooks
    • Arrive early to allow for play time
    • Bring a favourite toy along
    • Make sure your child is well rested
    • Prepare your child by telling them about a positive experience you’ve had at the dentist
    • Practice playing “visit the dentist” at home
    • Borrow a children’s book from the library or watch a video about going to the dentist (i.e. Dora, Berenstein Bears, Little Critter, Dr. Seuss)
    • If a parent has his or her own fears about dentistry, perhaps choose another parent or responsible family member to accompany the child
    • Always keep the message optimistic, with the focus on how healthy your child’s teeth will be!
  • If there is anything else that our office can do to make your child’s first dental visit positive, please let us know in advance!

Why is a dental examination important? It’s more than just a check-up!

  • Our teeth play a vital role for day to day function and quality of life -chewing, digestion, speech and self-confidence – just to name a few.
  • There is a growing body of scientific research that connects oral health to overall health.
  • Further, there are more than one hundred systemic medical conditions that can be detected orally.
  • A comprehensive oral examination, followed by routine dental visits, can allow for diagnosis of oral diseases at an early stage when they are more easily treated.
  • Good homecare (brushing, flossing, eating well), not smoking and healthy behaviours are all important actions to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. However, they do not take the place of a dental examination.
  • Prevention and early detection are key components to excellent oral health. When our teeth signal pain, the underlying cause or problem may be too advanced for conservative treatment (i.e. a filling), and a more complicated procedure required (i.e. root canal or extraction).
  • A dental examination can identify and diagnose problems early, before they become more serious and irreversible.

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*Sections adapted from “A dental examination is the foundation for optimal oral health” by Donna Paris. Your oral health.ca Spring/Summer2014 by the ODA