It is important to schedule regular dental visits with Kiefer Family Dental to avoid oral health issues, and then diagnose and treat any conditions. It is also important to be prepared when going to the dentist for the first time. This is true whether you are experiencing dental pain, changing dentists, or it’s time for a checkup.
On Your First Appointment
At your first appointment, you can expect to begin the oral health screening process by removing plaque buildup and tartar on the surfaces, as well as along the gum line. Your teeth will be polished. The appointment may end with floss and a fluoride mouthwash to make those pearly whites extra clean.
It is important to inform your hygienist if you are feeling pain or discomfort throughout the cleaning process.
The hygienist will then bring in the dentist to conduct a thorough exam and check each tooth. They will be looking for pockets or gaps between your teeth and gums. A periodontal probe, metal or ultrasonic tool, helps the dentist find any problem areas while measuring the depth of your gum pockets.
Once completed, the dentists will talk to you about your oral health. This is also a good time to ask questions.
After Your First Appointment
If your mouth is sore after the appointment, it is suggested to take over-the-counter pain relievers. Don’t hesitate to call our office between routine visits if you have additional questions or are experiencing any pain and discomfort.
Make sure to participate in follow-up care. It is highly recommended to schedule a dental exam every six months. Kiefer Family Dental will provide you with details regarding the next steps if you need to come in for specific appointments, such as to treat cavities or have a root canal procedure.
For the Kids Appointments
It is best to prepare your child with details on what to expect during their dental appointment, to make sure they feel comfortable. Also, explain the importance of going to the dentist in a fun, playful manner.
The average time a dental appointment lasts is 30 to 45 minutes. You can expect a full exam of teeth, jaws, bite, gums, oral tissues to check the growth and development. A gentle cleaning might take place if needed, followed by polishing teeth and removing plaque, tartar, and stains. The dentist may conduct a minor tutorial on how to properly use floss and fluoride.
X-rays might take place depending on age, risks of disease, and symptoms. X-rays are used to diagnose problems that are not as quickly noticed; for example, having damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay in between teeth.
Depending on the child’s age, emotional tendencies and prior health history, behaviors and reactions can vary. Parents should give moral support and stay calm while in the dental exam room.
Don’t hesitate to address any questions, comments, or concerns you or your child may have regarding the appointment.
We at Kiefer Family Dental hope that the information about your and/or your child’s first visit was helpful. The office of Kiefer Family Dental provides the best in modern dentistry for individuals and families including solving all dental issues you may encounter.
Our highly-qualified dentists and gentle hygienists work hard to combine knowledge and skill with the latest in technology to give our patients the best possible dental outcomes. With services ranging from periodontal therapy, oral surgery. dental implants, dentures and even being set up for Invisalign clear braces, Kiefer Family Dental is your Evansville, Indiana A+ dental choice. Call (812) 424-9506 or use the website to book an appointment online.