FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
  • I am afraid of going to the dentist … What can I do?
  • What kind of sedation does your office offer?
  • When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?
  • How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?
  • What should I do if I require pre-medication?
  • It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to do?
  • How safe are xrays?
  • What are my options for whitening my teeth?
  • What are my options for replacing a missing tooth/missing teeth?
  • What is the best toothbrush to use?
  • How necessary is flossing?
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
  1. You may print out and complete our new patient paperwork that can be found on our website under “Forms” OR you can come about 10 minutes early to fill out paperwork in our office.
  2. If you did not discuss your insurance information with Taylor beforehand, please bring your current dental insurance card(s).
  3. A list of the medications you take (if applicable).
  4. That’s it!
I am afraid of going to the dentist … What can I do?

First of all, you definitely are not alone! We are aware of the prevalence of dental anxiety and we are trained to work with you in helping you to overcome these fears. Asking questions about your mouth and future treatment will help to remove fear of the unknown and give you an opportunity to be involved in your dental health. Most importantly, remember that we want to work with you, not just on you, in order to achieve a mutual goal.

What kind of sedation does your office offer?

At our office, we do offer a couple of options for our patients with dental anxiety. We offer local sedation such as Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide will not put you to sleep, but it is meant to calm your nerves and make you feel more at ease. Also, after your consult with Dr. Smith, we can discuss the option of oral sedation. Unfortunately, we do not offer any sedation that puts you to sleep.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

Your child’s teeth typically come in at about 6 months old. You can take them in as early as 1 year for their first check-up. The first check-up is usually for the parents as much as it is for the kids. We will have the opportunity to talk about what to expect with your child’s teeth and to answer any questions you might have. Taking them in early also gives them a chance to normalize themselves with the dentist to prevent any future dental anxiety.

How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?

We recommend coming in every six months for an exam and cleaning. Dr. Smith is trained to locate and fix many problems before you are even aware of them. Coming to the dentist often will save you from toothaches and expensive treatment because we can catch the decay before it turns into an unwanted procedure.

What should I do if I require pre-medication?

If you have been told by your doctor that you need to be pre-medicated before your dental appointment, please be sure to request this prescription before your appointment. If you have any questions, give us a call and we will be more than happy to help.

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the dentist. What do I need to do?

The first step will be to schedule a complete exam with Dr. Smith. We will make you a treatment plan showing any diagnosis he has made and this will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

How safe are xrays?

Dental x-rays are used to help dentists diagnose issues that are otherwise nearly invisible to the naked eye. When x-rays are performed properly, there’s very little cause for concern. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), “The amount of radiation used to obtain dental radiographs is very small. For example, bitewing radiographs—two to four images of the back teeth—exposes a patient to about 0.005 mSv of radiation. By comparison, because radiation is part of our natural environment, people in the United States are exposed, on average, to 3.2 mSv every year from background sources of radiation.”

What are my options for whitening my teeth?

In our office we offer whitening trays and we also offer in-office whitening. For the whitening trays, you take them home and whiten your teeth until you reach your desired results. The in-office whitening is a single, hour-long appointment visit where you will receive anywhere from 1-4 treatments.

What are my options for replacing a missing tooth/missing teeth?

There are various options to replace missing teeth. In our office, we can make our patients:

  • Partial Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Complete Dentures

Since there are a few different options, we recommend scheduling a consult with Dr. Smith first to see which one you would be a better candidate for.

What is the best toothbrush to use?

Proper brushing technique is more important than the brand or type of toothbrush. We will discuss this with you at your cleaning appointment. Typically we recommend any toothbrush with soft bristles. Some patients prefer an electric toothbrush.

How necessary is flossing?

Flossing is just as important as brushing. Flossing is the only thing that can capture the bacteria and plaque that grows in between your teeth. In fact, this is the area where most cavities form because this is where food will typically get stuck. The longer food stays in between your teeth, the longer bacteria has to form! It is recommended to floss at least once a day. We always say flossing before you go to bed is the best time so you don’t go to sleep while food and bacteria is between your teeth. So, yes, flossing is very necessary. Especially to prevent cavities and bad breath!

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Richard Smith DDS

"I encourage questions and want patients to understand what their options are. My goal in dentistry is to work with people to provide quality treatment in a comfortable environment. I want to connect with patients and earn their trust."

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