Your First Dental Visit

It’s understandable to be nervous about your first visit to a new dentist, but there is no need to fear. In this piece, we’ll review every part of the process involved in your first visit to Smiles on Northern.

Smile Reminders

Smile reminders are sent to you either via email or text message. The purpose of sending smile reminders is to notify you of your upcoming appointment and to confirm it as well

Smile Reminders Authorization Form

If you are visiting our dentist for the first time, here is an overview of what you can expect:

The Initial Consul

Consultations are a great opportunity for you to meet our dentists and get to know them better. Our dentist can talk to you about the different procedures that are offered and how you can benefit from them.


New Patient Forms

If satisfied with our dentist after the initial meeting, our team at Smiles on Northern will further assist you in setting an appointment. Before the appointment, you will be required to fill out new patient forms along with providing any prior dental history/records. It is suggested that you come at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make sure that you have plenty of time to fill out these forms.

This paperwork mostly comes in two categories both of which need to be properly filled. The first category requires your personal details. In this form, you will have to fill in personal information such as name, age, home address, etc. You will also be required to complete a medical history form. In this form, you will have to provide complete information regarding your past medical treatments, dental problems and also, in the event that you choose to use your dental insurance, details about the policy and the insurance provider.

It is imperative to be precise and truthful when answering all of the questions as any wrong answer could impact the treatment.

Our office also provides you with the choice of filling out the forms before coming to the clinic. This means that you can visit the website and fill out the enrollment form online. This saves you time and ensures your hassle-free appointment scheduling, along with an efficient and effective visit. You may also download health history forms from our website and fill in all the required details. This information will be stored in our database and will be evaluated prior to your session. Click the following link to download our new patient forms:


A Comprehensive Examination

After studying your dental health history, our dentist will most likely examine your gums, teeth, and mouth. This procedure is known as a comprehensive exam and is performed to study the state of your dental health and hygiene. An important part of the comprehensive exam is the cleaning. The teeth and mouth are thoroughly cleaned before moving onto the x-rays so that there are no extra particles in your mouth at that time.

Our dentist will generally look for any sensitivity, decay, and redness around the gums and teeth during the examination, and guide you accordingly. Even though our dentist will have already studied your medical and dental history from the forms you filled, he might still ask you questions about your teeth while examining them. This is common in the case our dentist sees anything unusual or something which was not mentioned in the forms.



After conducting the comprehensive exam, our dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth, which will give a clear picture of the status of your teeth and jaw. These scans are taken to better analyze oral disruptions, diseases, and cavities. The X-rays are suggested to be done each time a patient comes in either with a severe problem, or  routinely after at least a year, since the state of teeth has probably changed in that time.

The panoramic radiographs are the most common types of dental X-rays as they provide the dentist a much detailed view of the teeth and jaw. The dentist is able to spot any impacted teeth or jaw fractures easily with the panoramic X-ray.  

Although believed to be a lengthy process, X-rays usually don’t take more than a few minutes and are completely safe. Our dentist will guide you through the simple procedure by asking you to bite down on gauze, while the rest of the body is protected from the X-ray machine with a device that will cover it. Only the mouth will be scanned by the machine.


Post-Exam Discussion

After the dental check-up, our dentist will discuss your results with you. Our dentist will guide you through any of the irregularities or decay that he found in your mouth. He may also mention the various treatment options that are offered at our clinic. The dentist will suggest and explain to you the most appropriate and detailed treatment plan for your specific needs and will customize it to fit your requirements.  Our main goal is to help you maintain good oral health and solve all of your dental issues.

After discussing your future treatment, you will also receive the total costs for any particular procedure.  Our office offers payment plans and our dentist and staff can guide you in selecting what best suits you. At this time, you may discuss with your dentist the suggested treatments and the expenses.  If you have dental or medical insurance and you are planning on using this benefit to cover any procedure, you may discuss the coverage with our dentist, as well.


Follow-Up Visits

Now that you have met with our dentist at Smiles on Northern in Glendale, Arizona and discussed about your treatment process and related questions at length, we will schedule you for a follow-up meeting according to your needs. These follow-up meetings will mostly be for teeth cleaning and preparing your teeth for the upcoming procedures.