Your Guide to Patient Information

Dr. Kwon Kim and our skilled dental professionals extend a warm welcome to our practice. As your trusted Dentist in Tavistock, we are dedicated to delivering cutting-edge dental care to each patient.

Your Path to Exceptional Dental Care

Welcome to Tavistock Dental – Your Trusted Ontario Dentist Providing Comprehensive Dental Services!

For an efficient and effective first visit, please consider the following suggestions:

  • Early Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete any necessary forms promptly.
  • Bring X-rays: If you have recent dental x-rays, bringing them along can aid in your comprehensive care.
  • Referral Information: If referred by another dentist, please bring your referral form or letter for seamless coordination.

We’re excited to welcome new patients from surrounding communities such as Stratford, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Haysville, Embro, Hickson, Woodstock, Drumbo, Innerkip, St. Mary’s, and beyond.

We’re Accepting New Patients!

Schedule a visit using the following form and we will be in touch to confirm the time & date for your visit!

    Dental Visit Facts

    Dental Exam Frequency

    How often you go for dental exams depends on your oral health needs. The goal is to catch small problems early. For many people, this means a dental exam every six months. Your dentist may suggest that you visit more or less often depending on how well you care for your teeth and gums, problems you have that need to be checked or treated, how fast tartar builds up on your teeth, and so on.
    Ask yourself the following questions:

    • Do I floss every day?
    • Do I brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and follow my dentist’s instructions on how to brush properly?
    • Do I eat a well-balanced diet, including food from all food groups, and limit sweets and sticky foods?
    • Do I smoke?
    • Do I have a history of cavities or gum disease?
    • Is my overall health good?

    The answers to these questions are all factors that affect your oral health. They will help you and your dentist decide how often you need to visit for dental exams. It’s worth noting that you should not determine your need for dental care on what your dental plan covers.

    X-Rays

    How often you need to have x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won’t need x-rays at every visit. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays.

    If you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken, ask your dentist. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don’t develop into bigger ones.

    Choosing a Dentist

    The first step in choosing a new dentist is to list your needs, which might include:

    • Location
    • Hours of practice
    • Language(s) spoken
    • Generalist or specialist practice

    Ask your family and friends if they can recommend a dentist. Other members of your community, such as your doctor, may be able to offer suggestions. Some provincial dental associations have web sites that allow you to search for a dentist in your area. Once you have narrowed your list to two or three names, call the dentists to see if they are accepting new patients. This initial call may also give you some sense of the office environment, but there’s nothing like the first visit to help you decide if it’s a good match for you.

    Once you have narrowed your list to two or three names, call the dentists to see if they are accepting new patients. This initial call may also give you some sense of the office environment, but there’s nothing like the first visit to help you decide if it’s a good match for you.

    We offer free consultations to help you decide if the services we offer are right for you. We serve patients from Stratford, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Haysville. Embro, Hickson, Woodstock, Drumbo, Innerkip, St. Mary’s and more.

    Record Transfer

    Original dental records belong to the dentist who provided the treatment, and not the patient, because dentists have to keep all of their records for a period of time, as set out by their provincial dental regulatory body.

    Once you have selected a new dentist, you can request that a copy of your records be transferred from your former dentist. You may be required to sign a release form from your former dental office and you may also be charged an administrative fee for having your records copied and sent to another dental office. If you have questions about the records transfer process in your province, ask your dentist or contact the provincial dental regulatory body.

    Cleanliness Standards

    Your health is very important to your dentist. One of the ways that your dentist helps you stay healthy is by preventing the spread of germs. One of the best ways to do this is to use barrier protection such as gloves and masks.

    Your dentist and other dental team members also wash their hands regularly. In addition, they sterilize equipment used in the dental office and clean the furniture and fixtures in the examining rooms. This system is referred to as “standard precautions.” It means that every patient is treated in the same way because patients don’t always know if they’re sick. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

    If you would like to know how this system is carried out in your dentist’s office, ask to be shown how it’s done. Dentists welcome the opportunity to ease their patients’ concerns, rather than have them leave the office with unanswered questions. Once you see the work that goes into making the dental office a clean and safe environment, you will feel reassured.

    It is worth noting that even though standard precautions are used, it is still important to tell your dentist of changes in your health. This will help your dentist suggest the right choices of treatment for you.

    Child’s First Visit

    It’s important to get an early start on dental care, so that your child will learn that visiting the dentist is a regular part of health care. The first step is to choose a dentist for your child.

    It may be your own dentist or one who specializes in treating children (called a pediatric dentist). Once you have selected a dentist, call the office to find out at what age he or she prefers to see child patients for the first time. CDA encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age.

    It’s important to make the first visit a positive experience for your child—one reason why it’s best to visit before a problem develops. If you think there is a problem, however, take your child to the dentist right away, no matter what age.

    If you are a nervous dental patient, ask your spouse or another family member to take the child for the appointment. If your child senses that you are nervous, he or she may feel nervous too. When you talk to your child about going to the dentist, explain what will happen without adding things like “it won’t hurt” or “don’t be scared.”

    Be sure to get an early start on regular dental care at home. Start cleaning your child’s mouth with a soft damp cloth before teeth come in and continue with a soft toothbrush once he or she has a first tooth. Limit the number of sugary treats you give your child, and focus on healthy food choices from the very beginning.

    Visit Us

    For more information about our services or to arrange an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Your oral health and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we look forward to assisting you in the most professional manner possible.

      Testimonials

      5-Star Review

      Here’s what our happy patients had to say about our dental services

      Staff and Dr Kim are amazing at what they do. Had 20 teeth removed the other day and they made it a comfortable as possible and as affordable as possible. I highly recommend Tavistock Dental.

      Staff are friendly every visit. Dr. Kim is very personable. I fully trust his quality of work, and that he will not “upsell” me something that isn’t needed. Highly recommended.

      I went into Tavistock Dental for an issue with extreme sensitivity in one of my teeth. The entire process went smoothly, and the dentists made sure that all of my concerns were addressed.

      They were also fantastic with our 3 year old on her first visit, who is usually very shy.

      I would definitely recommend the team here!

      There’s a reason we drive from Kitchener to Tavistock for our dental; our whole family has had good experiences there. My wife grew up in Tavi and has been going there since she was young. My experience has been very positive over the past 7 years. And today’s work on a cavity was good as usual.

      As always my last visit was fantastic. Professional and caring team work their magic to keep me smiling!

      I have been a client of Tavistock dental for a long time. I have never had a bad experience and dr. Kim and team are amazing. Billing is also made easy each visit. They are great with kids and always take time to explain options and treatment. Cannot recommend enough.

      Had our teeth cleaned and hygienists were very good, doing hand scaling and following all covid protocol. Office runs smoothly and patient care us a priority. Highly recommend Dr. Kim and his staff!

      I have been going here for over 20 years…first with Dr. Low, and then Dr. Kim. Merle has been my hygienist for most of that time and she is fantastic! Today, there was a new person behind the desk and I think her name was Nellie? Very friendly and outgoing. Invited me for cake next Wednesday as it is Dr. Kim’s Birthday! This is a great place and I would highly recommend it. Staff are excellent!

      On time, professional staff who are friendly and competent. Been a customer for years and won’t go anywhere else.

      We definitely would recommend Tavistock Dental Centre to friends and family. We are always satisfied with our visits and especially in Covid times. Everyone gives clients special care and attention. We have been using the services of this Centre for MANY years…………first with Dr. Lowe and now with Dr. Kim. We are completely satisfied. Wishing you many more years of success.