What should I bring to my first appointment at your office?
- Insurance card for Dental (not medical insurance card), if applicable.
- Records from previous dentist, if you desire. This is not critical.
What should I expect at my first visit?
At Stinauer Family Dentistry we believe strongly in an overall approach to oral health with prevention at the top of our treatment priorities. Ideally, at your first visit you can expect to have an introduction with the staff and dentist followed by a complete set of dental radiographs or "x-rays". When scheduling allows, you will then meet the hygienist who will clean your teeth. Finally, once the doctor has reviewed your radiographs he will sit down with you and discuss any potential treatment needs and answer any questions you might have about your oral health.
If you make an initial appointment with us pertaining to discomfort or pain we will focus primarily on that main concern for your first visit in order to alleviate the problem. Once you have been relieved of any discomfort we will then follow up with an appointment to get your teeth cleaned and evaluate your oral health with a complete set of radiographs and an exam.
Why do I need radiographs "x-rays"?
Many conditions of the mouth, teeth, bone, and gums are simply not evident by just "looking" in the mouth. Having a dental exam done without x-rays is the equivalent of going to your physician for an exam and not having your blood pressure taken. Radiographs are the MAIN diagnostic tool your dentist has to determine the condition of your oral health. A proper exam cannot be done without x-rays.
What services does your office provide?
Visit the "Services" page on this website for an extensive review of what we have to offer.
When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?
A child should be seen no later than their third birthday. For children whose parents are regular patients we recommend bringing them to your checkup and cleaning once prior to their own appointment. This helps familiarize them with the office and the staff and greatly increases the success of their first visit.
How should I prepare my child for their first visit?
It is highly recommended that you discuss and prepare your child for their first dental visit. Below are some helpful tips that we have found to be effective for a successful visit. Yes, it can be fun!
- Use positive language when discussing the dentist ("you will have sparkly clean teeth", "there will be so many neat things for them to show you", "I bet they are going to count your teeth. I wonder how many teeth you have.") NEVER ("It won't hurt a bit" or "It won't be scary") There is no reason for them to fear the dentist. Give them a chance to form their own opinions.
- Practice having your child open their mouth for ten seconds at a time and look in to count their teeth. If this is hard for them at first then let them look in your mouth to reverse roles.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home. When they are brushing create excitement to go to the dentist by telling them how proud the dentist will be when they see what a good brusher they are.
- Every child is different. Some need more preparation than others. For those children that adjust to new environments well don't make it such a big deal.
How can I help my child avoid getting cavities?
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods/drinks and a lack of brushing. Every time a person eats their mouth becomes more acidic as the bacteria are breaking down food. This increase in acidity can damage the tooth structure leading to cavities. After a child eats, food particles remain in the mouth for long periods of time. It is for this reason that brushing or at least rinsing with water should occur in the middle of the day in addition to brushing morning and night. Limit the number of snacks throughout the day and choose healthy foods.
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Babies who are put to bed with a bottle of milk, juice, or formula are at a high risk of developing early childhood cavities. This is due to the prolonged contact of sugars and carbohydrates with the teeth throughout the entire night. If your baby needs a bottle in the crib to get to sleep at night, use water.