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Info Required When Visiting a Dentist for the First Time

by Dr. Joshua Davidson, Senior Dental Care Expert
March 09, 2017

Question: What information is required when you visit a dentist for the first time?

Answer: When visiting a dentist for the first time, a basic health history will be taken. Bring along a list of your current medications and dosages. The other piece of the puzzle is insurance and the office will ask you about coverage – what you do or don’t have. If you happen to have paper copies of x-rays (no more than a year old) bring them.

I stress to all patients that dentistry is a two-way street. Not only will the office ask you questions, but as a consumer, you, the patient, need to ask questions too!

Ask the dentist about his practice. Do they see everybody? Predominantly kids or the elderly? Do you like the staff? The dentist? Does the dentist listen to you? The patient is establishing a relationship with the dentist and his staff. If you don’t feel immediately comfortable with the dentist or the practice itself, ask yourself why. Trust your inner voice and if you don’t sense this is a good fit for you from the practice or the specific dentist, find another one. There are many dentists to choose from. You have to like and trust your dentist. Take charge of your own healthcare.

Joshua Davidson is a 2011 graduate of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Public Health. He currently works at the Chippewa Falls Dental Center in Chippewa Falls, WI focusing on issues of geriatric dental care.

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