Family. It's the people you rely on. At Middleton Family Dentistry, we build relationships with our patients based on trust and comfort. Our friendly team will exceed your expectations and make you feel right at home.
To fulfill this mission, we are committed to 5 core values:
Your first visit
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the necessary information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. To help ensure we can seat you shortly after you check in, please print and fill our your “Medical History & HIPAA Consent” form and bring it with you, and email a front and back picture of your insurance card to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a minor (17 & under) and are planning on having them come alone, or without a parent or guardian after their first appointment, please fill out and bring the "Parent/Guardian Consent Form" in addition to the "Health History and HIPAA form."
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. It helps us make sure we have everything we need in order for you to be seen on time.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
- Patient Information Form
- Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
- Identification such as Driver's License, Military ID or State ID
- Patient Health History Form
- HIPAA Consent Form
I’d like to schedule my whole family at the same time, can I do that?
Yes! We understand that life is busy and sometimes it’s easier to have everyone seen by the dentist at the same time. As long as space permits, we will gladly try to accommodate family cleanings.
General Dentistry FAQs
Have a question that is not answered below? Feel free to give us a call and ask!
When should I bring my children for their first exam?
The American Dental Association recommends for children to be seen for their first dental appointment when their first tooth comes in. At Middleton Family Dentistry, we offer FREE baby exams for all children under the age of 3 so that we can develop a relationship with the child and create a safe, happy place for them as they grow. This is also an excellent opportunity for parents to ask questions about their growing children. Please make sure to call and schedule this appointment with your routine exam and cleaning.
What is Fluoride and why does the dentist recommend it?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents cavity preventing bacteria from adhering to the tooth. There is a low level of fluoride in our city’s drinking water, but it’s usually not found in well water or bottled water. Fluoride has been proven to help prevent cavities as well as protect fillings and crowns from developing decay around their border.
Most dental insurances cover fluoride for children, but not adults. Middleton Family Dentistry has a “Fluoride combo” available that includes fluoride varnish at two consecutive cleaning appointments as well as a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste to help protect your smile throughout the year.
When should kids start using fluoride toothpaste at home?
It is recommended that when their first teeth come in, parents start brushing for their children. For the first year, parents can just use water and a children’s toothbrush. As children reach 2 and 3 years old, they can start using a children’s toothpaste with fluoride. It’s important to only smear the toothpaste on the brush, as kids will likely swallow some of this. When kids reach 4 and 5 years old and understand that they need to spit and not swallow after brushing, you can start using a small pea-sized amount of children’s toothpaste.
Is an electric toothbrush better than a regular toothbrush?
Research overwhelmingly shows that an electric toothbrush is not only more effective, but much less harmful on our teeth than a manual toothbrush. Years of “scrubbing” with a manual toothbrush can cause irreversible damage to the exposed root surface of teeth leading to sensitivity and fracture of the tooth. Electric toothbrushes gently remove plaque and debris in a safe and effective manner to ensure better hygiene and longer life of your teeth.
How can I prevent cavities in my kids?
The easiest way is to make sure your kids spend two to three minutes brushing their teeth in the morning and evening and flossing at least once per day.
Watch the sugar they’re eating and drinking. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers and most drinks (ie. Sports drinks, soda, tea, energy drinks, juice). These foods and drinks provide food for the bacteria in our mouths that cause cavities, and the only way to completely remove this sugar is by brushing and flossing after meals.
If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water. This can help to remove food from your teeth and reduce the acidic environment in your mouth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help. Chewing sugarless gum helps increase saliva flow which can help disrupt bacteria from damaging teeth.