What to Expect at Your First Visit

Building trust with health care providers is essential to maintain good health. When we feel comfortable with a practitioner, our health improves and we're more likely to turn to them as soon as issues arise rather than putting things off. Unfortunately, we can't continue seeing the same providers forever. Whether your dentist has retired, you moved to a new area or had a change in insurance coverage, finding a new dentist can be stressful. Facing such situations armed with information can ease the stress and make you feel much more confident in your decisions. If you're considering making our dentist at White House Family Dental Care your new dental provider, here's everything you need to know for a stress-free first visit.

Appointment Reminders

It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment but now we will remind you with an Appointment Reminder via email or text message.  And if it's your first visit, we'll be happy to provide driving directions. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!

Appointment Reminder Consent Form

Download the release of records consent form.

Records Release Form

Initial Consultation

We have all our potential new patients visit our White House, Tennessee, practice to meet with our dentist in person prior to scheduling their first official appointment. This gives both parties the chance to get to know one another, understand expectations and more. 

New Patient Paperwork 

After your initial consultation, you have the option to schedule your official first visit, which will include a teeth cleaning and exam. If you're satisified with our dentist, our staff will assist you in scheduling this appointment. Prior to this appointment, we ask all our new patients to complete some paperwork that includes basic contact information, as well as information about their medical and dental histories. This information is essential in ensuring our dentist provides you with the best possible care, so it's important to be as thorough as possible. For your convenience, you can download the new patient forms at the following link, complete them at home and bring them with you to your appointment. Otherwise, we ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes early so you have ample time to complete these forms in our office. 

New Patient Form

First Appointment

When you arrive for your first visit, our dentist will begin by reviewing your dental and medical histories, asking questions for clarification as needed. Then, our dentist will proceed with the comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums, checking for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, amonth other oral health issues. Once this examination is complete, our dentist will perform a thorough teeth cleaning to rid your mouth of any built up plaque and tartar.


After the exam and cleaning, our dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to further evaluate the current state of your oral health. These x-rays allow our dentist to view the tooth roots and jaw structure in greater detail to diagnose problems like fractures, impacted teeth and more.

Follow-Up Discussion

At the conclusion of your exam, cleaning and x-rays, our dentist will have a follow-up discussion with you regarding the results of your visit. If any problems were found, such as cavities or gum disease, our dentist will explain those to you and review your treatment options. 

Future Visits

Now that your first visit to our White House, Tennessee, office is complete, you can work with our staff to book future visits. They'll work with you and your schedule to make sure these appointments don't interfere too much with work, school and other obligations. If our dentist recommended additional treatments, you'll need to schedule those appointments sooner rather than later; however, if no additional treatments were recommended, you can simply book your next checkup for six months from now. 

If you're ready to find out if White House Family Dental Care will be a good fit for you and your family, call us today at 615-334-1440 to schedule an initial consultation with our dentist.