Your Initial Dental Appointment

Our dentist’s goal is to ensure good oral hygiene and a beautiful smile.With pearly white teeth, an individual’s self-esteem and confidence increases. If you're a new patient at Southlake Dental Care in St. Johns, Florida, find out what you can expect at your first appointment, below.

Before Going

Making Appointments

To schedule an appointment, call our dental office so that our staff assists you in finding a day and time that is available and convenient for you.

Gathering Paperwork

Once the appointment is scheduled, you may fill out our online health history forms. It’s highly recommended to complete this paperwork prior to the appointment as it saves you time during your first visit. If, however, you can't access these forms online, you can still save time by arriving early to your appointment and completing them in person. New patients need to provide contact information and can receive help from our staff if needed.

New Patient Forms

You have the option of completing the following new patient paperwork prior to your first appointment to ensure an expedient visit. Click the following link to download our New Patient forms:

New Patient Forms

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing before the appointment will help out dentist properly examine your teeth with efficiency and ease.

Full Disclosure

It’s important that our new patients understand that there is nothing pertaining to their oral health that they should hide from our dentist. Our dentist is supposed to improve oral health, and hiding important information, such as smoking or not brushing teeth regularly, can have an impact on the treatment and services that our dentist recommends. Therefore, it’s crucial that your complete and accurate medical and dental history is disclosed on your first visit.


If you feel anxious before going to your first appointment, we want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve the smile you want regardless of your current oral state. We are here for you!

At the Dental Office

When you arrive at our dental office, please inform the receptionist so they can inform the dentist. After our dentist has been informed and all the necessary paperwork has been submitted, a member of our staff will call your name and ask you to follow them to proceed with the consultation.

Your Health History

Before the dental exam is performed, talk to our dentist about your health history. This step will give our dentist insight on your oral health and underlying causes of any present issues.


X-rays are done so that our dentist can properly examine your teeth, jawbone and overall bone health. 

Dental Exam

On the first visit, our dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. During this comprehensive exam, the dentist will check the mouth and teeth for any chronic or potential issues. The dentist will be checking for any periodontal diseases, tooth decay and gingivitis.

Our dentist will also review the X-rays and let you know if there is anything that you should be concerned about. After the comprehensive exam is complete, our dentist will formulate a custom-made treatment plan for you and inform you of any other recommendations.


Our dentist may recommend you get professional teeth cleaning. Dental cleanings are meant to remove and maintain a healthy smile free of stains.

During this cleaning session, our dentist will remove or “scale” accumulated plaque from outside or from in-between the teeth using our dental instruments. After a thorough cleaning has been done, our dentist will polish the teeth and may apply a minty paste to leave your mouth fresh.

Disease Prevention/Recommendations

After your treatment is over, our dentist may recommend products that help prevent future dental issues and ensure that your oral health is always at its best. Some of the products recommended are fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash that help prevent cavities.

Final Questions

This is the best time to ask our dentist any questions or doubts that may linger in your mind. Our dentist doesn’t mind demonstrating how to floss properly or the right brushing techniques, so asking for assistance is highly encouraged.

After the Visit

Scheduling the Next Visit

After your first visit, approach the receptionist to schedule your next appointment and to make any necessary payments. We will reschedule you based on our dentist’s recommendation and your availability.  

Follow Advice

When leaving our office, make sure to follow our dentist’s advice to keep your teeth clean and maintain optimal oral health long after treatment.

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

As a new patient, our team at Southlake Dental Care in St. Johns, Florida, wants to provide you with a comfortable and relaxing experience. To learn more about what to expect at your first appointment, contact our team today by calling 904-217-7202.