Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, quality dental care. We understand that you, or your child, may feel anxious about visiting the dentist; you are not alone, and our practice puts forth an extra effort to make sure that you are comfortable and happy every time you visit our practice. We are sensitive to your needs as a patient; you can always count on receiving individual attention from Dr. Smith and his staff.
Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your dental health.
Your first visit with Dr. Smith includes:
A review of your complete dental and medical history forms.
Complete X-rays of your teeth as necessary.
An oral exam - Dr. Smith will clean and polish your teeth, make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, and check for any cavities or early signs of tooth decay.
Once Dr. Smith has reviewed your dental and medical health history forms, and completed your dental exam, we will provide you with a dental consultation and information about any additional dental treatments you, or your child, may need. During this time, we will also answer any questions you may have. We welcome any questions you may have, and are always available to listen to your concerns.
Bring your smile; but also remember to bring these things with you to your first dental appointment:
Your completed Health History Form
Your insurance card
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining your healthy smile!
No matter what your age, visiting the dentist on a regular basis will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, and your smile bright!
The American Dental Association recommends that you, and your child, visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings; and, we would love to see you here every six months to make sure that your smile is staying healthy! We understand that you have a busy schedule, so while we like to make sure your appointments are informative; we also like to make sure they don't stop you from doing the things you love! When preparing to visit the dentist, please know that your appointment can last up to an half an hour or longer.
When it's time for your next dental appointment, please call (616) 396-6077 for the Holland Office or (616) 846-6360 for the Grand Haven Office, and our friendly office staff will be ready to help you schedule an appointment.
What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?
Choosing a dentist who "clicks" with you and your family is important; and, you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:
- Is the appointment schedule convenient?
- Is the office easy to get to and close by?
- Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
- Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
- Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
- Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
- Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
- How often should I see the dentist?
Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months - that's twice a year! Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. You doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know, and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.