While you’re certainly more prepared now than you were when you were just a tiny person with baby teeth, you may still benefit from a little refresher on the best things to do to ensure an efficient and effective dental checkup.
Many dental offices will initiate the appointment confirmation, but you should always make sure to return their call or e-mail to confirm that you can still make your appointment. And if you have to reschedule for any reason, be sure to do so at least 24 hours before the time you’re supposed to be there.
If this is your first time visiting a new dentist, have your records transferred from your former dentist to your new one. It’s important that your new dentist knows your dental history so they can give you the best possible treatment and make the right recommendations for you going forward. Additionally, if you’ve had any procedures or diagnoses from any other doctors, you should have these records sent to your dentist as some conditions have an impact on your oral health.
Before heading in to meet your dentist, take some time to think about what questions or concerns you might have and list them out so you don’t forget to bring them up. This can be anything from occasional pain you’re concerned about to a question about the best method for flossing.
Right before your dental appointment is a good time to brush and floss, but just go about your normal practices here. Many patients mistakenly believe that they should be extra diligent about hygiene before they see the dentist and while that’s a good thought, it doesn’t make much difference. For example, if you normally don’t floss, doing so this once won’t trick your dentist into thinking this is a regular habit for you.
It’s always a good idea to show up a bit early (10-15 minutes) for your check-up in case you need you to fill out some paperwork or deal with any insurance issues. This will ensure that these tasks don’t delay your check-up or impact the appointment schedule.
If you have anything on your mind at all, don’t hesitate to discuss this with the hygienist or dentist at your earliest opportunity. Whether you’re just a little afraid of the dentist or have a serious worry about your dental health, you should feel free to be honest. The more we know, the better we can provide a personalized approach that will put you at ease. We know that all patients are not the same, but we’re not mind-readers so it helps if you let us know anything that might come to bear on your treatment.
Here at One Mag Smile, our dual priorities are your health and comfort – it’s our goal to make sure that maintaining a healthy smile is as pleasant as possible and you can help us do just that by keeping these pre-appointment tips in mind.