Your Handy Dental Visit Checklist

Whether you visit the dentist twice a year or it’s been a while since your last visit, we are happy to have you. For every visit (but especially your first), make sure that you have the following items with you! Having these at the ready will ensure seamless communication and organization for you and our office. For any and all questions about your visit, we are here to help, so feel free to call us ahead of time to clarify.

Consider this your handy dental visit checklist:

 

  1. Bring along your dental insurance information. If you currently have dental insurance, make sure to  bring your insurance ID or card with all applicable information. When you check in at our office, our receptionist will be happy to log your information and handle all of your insurance needs, including communicating an itemized receipt from your visit to the insurance office after your visit is complete. 

 

  1. Bring documentation of your past dental (and medical) history. When did you get your wisdom teeth removed (if you did)? Have you had any other notable dental procedures in the past? We want to know it all! This information helps us serve you better. 

 

We know it can be hard to remember the exact year of that one crown and the year of that one root canal. If it’s your first time visiting us or you recently moved to the area, we recommend that you give your past dentist a phone call and ask for copies of your records. All dental offices will keep these records on file, and can easily fax or email them over to you for your convenience. 

 

  1. Recent dental X rays. In addition to records of past procedures and otherwise, when is the last time you had dental X rays done? If you’ve had them done in recent years, make sure to bring in copies of them, too. This can help us avoid doing an X-ray in the office on one of your initial visits, and it provides more context to your dental history. As with your dental records, you can simply phone your past dental office to ask for copies of your X rays.

 

  1. A list of your current medications. To make sure we’re treating you properly, we also want a picture of your overall health. Dental health and overall health are not separate! So, make sure you have a list of all current medications that you may be taking. This is important if we schedule any procedures or need to prescribe you any medications, and because some medications can impact oral health (such as through dry mouth or swollen 

gums), knowing what you’re taking can provide more clarity in our assessments.

 

  1. A list of any questions you may have. Thinking of questions before your visit? Go ahead and jot them down! This will ensure that you don’t forget anything you want to ask when you’re at the office. 


To schedule your appointment, call our location nearest you.

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