At Howard County Smiles in Ellicott City, our goal is to give each patient the best experience possible. We do this by providing exceptional service and gentle dental care. We are currently accepting new patients to our family friendly dentist office.
What to Expect
A beautiful smile begins with a healthy smile. That’s why we take a proactive approach to preventative dental care. Your first visit will begin with a new patient exam and consultation with Dr. Becker. You’ll have a chance to talk to the dentist about your dental and medical history as well as your dental concerns and goals. If you need cosmetic or restorative dental treatment, we’ll design a treatment plan that fits your needs and budget.
Our dental examinations typically include:
- Periodontal screening for gum disease
- Oral cancer screening
- TMJ and bite analysis using joint vibration analysis or JVA testing
- Digital dental x-rays
- Professional dental cleaning
New Dental Patient FAQs
What should I bring to my first dental appointment?
Please make sure that you bring your insurance card and updated medication list as well as your photo ID.
Does Dr. Becker accept dental insurance?
Howard County Smiles accepts assignment of benefits from most dental insurance companies. Currently we are In-Network with select plans. We will always assist you in any way we can to get the most of your insurance benefits for you and your family.
I do not have dental insurance; what are my payment options?
We offer many payment options including: Cash, Checks and all major credit cards including, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. For our patients without dental insurance, we offer a 5% discount for amounts over $500.00 that are made in full when paid by cash or check. We also offer our own Dental Savings Membership. See the brochure for details or ask any of our staff . Click HERE to download our savings membership brochure!
How long will my first appointment last?
A new patient appointment will typically last around one hour. This will give Dr. Becker and his dental staff ample time to clean your teeth, take the necessary x-rays, chart your teeth and screen for dental diseases. This will also give us the opportunity to get to you as a patient and listen to any concerns you may have.
Do you see children?
Yes, Dr. Becker is a family dentist and we welcome children to our Ellicott City dentist office. We work as a team to help children feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental appointment. The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist by the time their first tooth erupts. Bringing children to the dentist at a young age helps them feel more comfortable and relaxed. It also gives us the opportunity to teach your children how to properly care for their teeth and develop life-long oral hygiene habits. We generally begin providing routine care for children (every six months) at age 3.