Family Dentistry and Dental Work for Clemmons & Winston-Salem, NC
Your initial appointment with us will consist of a comprehensive examination that evaluates all aspects of your oral health. This involves a thorough assessment for tooth decay (caries), periodontal disease, examining your occlusion or “bite” and temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”) function, a review of your medical history as well as a screening for oral cancer. Additionally, your questions and concerns are of utmost importance to us and we will take time to address those as well during this visit. Any relevant radiographs (X-rays) will also be reviewed and our findings will then be discussed with you. Finally, any recommended treatment options will be presented to you.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Any radiographs (X-rays) taken by a previous dental office, especially those taken within the last year.
- A list of any medications you are presently taking as well as any allergies to medications you have.
- If you have dental insurance, please bring in your current insurance card. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims on your behalf.
- Please inform us if you have any medical condition that may be of concern prior to dental treatment (e.g. diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, artificial joints or heart valves, etc.)
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Preventive dental treatment for your child begins with periodic visits to the dentist. Children should first be examined between two and three years of age. Additionally, they should have their teeth cleaned and have fluoride treatments twice a year.
If your family lives in a rural area and drinks well water, we recommend a simple test to determine if adequate levels of fluoride are present. When the fluoride content is too low, supplemental fluoride should be given to the child based on their age and the amount of water consumed in the home.
At approximately age six when the child’s first permanent molars erupt, sealants should be considered to cover the biting surface of these teeth. As the child gets older and the second permanent molars erupt (around age twelve), sealants should be placed on these teeth as well.
Sealants have been shown to reduce the incidence of dental decay by closing pits and fissures in the teeth, thereby preventing the invasion of bacteria. These preventive measures can help your child establish a healthy foundation as their smile matures into adolescence and adulthood.
Please Note: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.