At Harrison Dental Associates, we welcome you to become a member of our growing dental family in Charlottesville, regardless of what stage you are at in your dental health journey. Whether this will be your first dental appointment ever or your first dental appointment in our office, we are excited about the opportunity to get to know your dental health goals and ultimately help you achieve them.
We understand that your first dental appointment at a dental practice can be a source of anxiety. That’s why we’ve taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions our office gets regarding dental appointments. Our dental care staff is committed to providing the highest standard of care in a warm, compassionate environment. Patient education, safety, and comfort are the foundation of our practice. If you have questions or concerns we encourage you to contact us directly so that we can provide the best possible information and advice for your needs.
How often should I schedule dental appointments for myself?
We recommend scheduling oral health and wellness visits once every six months. This ensures that your dental health is being evaluated by professionals frequently, which will help maintain your dental health and avoid the need for invasive, restorative procedures. During oral health and wellness visits, our hygienists will clean your teeth and evaluate your gum health. Then, you will have the chance to speak with the doctor about any dental concerns that come up during your appointment.
When should I schedule my child’s first dental appointment?
We recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment by the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Establishing a dentist for your child sooner rather than later will help ensure that their dental health is taken care of and that any dental concerns are treated and accounted for before they develop into larger issues.
What are the best practices for at-home dental care?
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Additionally, make sure that you are eating a healthy diet. Avoid consuming foods or beverages that are notoriously tough on your teeth including soda, candies, or citrus fruits. Dr. Harrison can provide toothpaste, mouth rinses, and flossing techniques that will best benefit your individual oral health needs at your upcoming appointment.
I’m not sure what dental services I need. What should I do?
It’s completely fine if you are unsure of what dental services you need. During your first appointment, our team will take the time to get to know you and our doctors will thoroughly evaluate your smile. If they notice any issues, you will be presented with a treatment plan that offers the solutions you need to resolve these issues.