Your first general visit with a new dentist will include a cleaning and an overall evaluation of the condition of your teeth and gums.
You will be asked to bring medical and dental histories and a list of any medications you may be taking. These records will be kept to be used as sources for comparison and further assessments.
Xrays will be taken at this initial visit to identify any problems that may be developing under your gums. The xrays emit a minimal amount of radiation but the hygienist will place a protective lead apron over you just as a precaution.
Panoramic imagery and a full mouth series of radiographs may be used to give the dentist a more indepth view.
Your dentist will discuss the results of your exam with you and make suggestions about following an oral health regimen at home. He may recommend specific dental care products that would be beneficial to you.
If your dentist finds a cavity or some other problem that requires treatment you can schedule an appointment for the procedure. Otherwise you should set up a schedule of regular checkups.