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Your First Visit

All new patients are asked to complete a detailed health and dental history questionnaire.  Existing patients will also be asked to update their health information approximately every 5 years.  Please take a few moments to complete the appropriate health and dental history information:

     Adults (and children 13+):    Health History Adult.pdf

     Children (up to age 12):        Health History Child.pdf  

As an adult new patient, your first appointment will be reserved for approximately 90 minutes.  During this time, we will review the medical and dental history provided by you.  We will take a series of photographs of your mouth, check your blood pressure and complete a thorough dental examination "from your neck up".  We will check your muscles, your jaw joints, your glands, your gums and your teeth.  We will take a series of small digital radiographs which will provide us with close-up detail of your individual teeth.  We will also take a digital "panoramic" radiograph which will show us your upper and lower jaws, your jaw joints, your teeth and your sinus area.  This radiograph is an important part of our oral cancer screening and provides us with "big picture" information.  We will also use VELscope technology to screen for any signs of cancer.  This new technology assists us in finding suspicious lesions in the very early stages of development, often well before they become symptomatic or visible with the naked eye.  We will assess your periodontal health by taking measurements of the natural space which exists between your teeth and gums.  Some patients may require diagnostic impressions of their teeth to assess their bite and to help determine possible treatment options.  In addition, some patients who have symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease ("TMD") such as clicking, locking or popping joints, frequent headaches, earaches or muscle pain may require additional diagnostic tests or an ultrasound of their jaw joint.

A child's first visit may be a simple as a brief "getting to know you" orientation (usually for very young patients).  We feel it is very important to make sure the first visit to the dentist is a positive one.  Older children at their first visit will usually spend 40 minutes with us (up to age 12) or 60 minutes for teens. We will do radiographs as age appropriate and, for teens we will also take a series of photographs.  We will assess your child's teeth and gums and screen for possible bite, airway, sleep and nutritional issues.

Once we have gathered all of this information, we will be able to develop a plan which will assist you and your family to maintain your oral health and have a beautiful smile for your lifetime!

This comprehensive oral examination will be repeated every 5 to 6 years to monitor any changes in your overall oral health as your regular "dental physical".

Your Personal Information

Your personal information is safe with us.  We respect your privacy in accordance with the Personal Health Information Act (2013), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (2001), and Canadian anti-spam legislation (2014).  For more information please refer to our Office Privacy and Anti-Spam Code (Privacy & Anti-Spam Code.pdf)

 

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