Your Initial Visit
We also review your medical history. When you share your medical history, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health history form. Let us know if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery and if you have recently been ill. Also tell us the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. This information will help us select the safest and most effective treatments for you.
We encourage regular checkups for individuals of age four years and up. Regular checkups are important to:
- Check for problems that you might not see or feel
- Find early signs of decay
- Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by Dr. McLaughlin. During the examination, Dr. McLaughlin will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. He will check your existing fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip or crack.
Regular checkup appointments typically take about 45 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.