For some people, a dental appointment can be a very stressful experience, especially the anticipation leading up to it. Patients at our practice who follow our 6 easy tips have faster appointments and enjoy the ease that comes with preparation.
Taking care of your teeth is a lifelong commitment that includes eating nutritious foods, brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. So even though it may be something you dread, checkups are too important to miss. Stay on top of your biannual cleanings, and you’ll reap the benefits of preventative care.
You can ease your fear and anxiety by writing down any questions or concerns you may have for your dentist or hygienist.
Why Regular Dental Appointments Are Important
Many oral health problems are preventable, and people who actively get regular checkups are less likely to deal with serious dental issues that require invasive treatment. These are a few reasons why dental checkups are crucial:
- Routine visits prevent plaque, tartar, cavities, and tooth decay. Even the most attentive person can fail to clean those hard-to-reach areas in their mouth. For example, molars are notoriously difficult to clean because they’re located in the back of the mouth.
- During a checkup, your dentist can immediately spot any problem areas on your gums. Early stages of gum disease typically show no symptoms, so it’s critical to visit your dentist regularly to avoid further problems.
- In addition to examining your teeth and gums, your dentist will assess your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. Left undetected, it can become a life-threatening illness.
- Another benefit of regular dental checkups is head and neck exams. Dentists will examine your lymph nodes, neck, and jaw for swelling, lumps, or any other symptoms of illness.
During your appointment, your dentist will also educate you on improving your oral hygiene routine at home to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile between checkups.
Be sure to transfer records from the previous dentist, so your dentist can access information to help diagnose and create the best treatment plan for you.
Our Six Tips for An Easier Dental Appointment
- You can ease your fear and anxiety by writing down any questions or concerns you may have for your dentist or hygienist. This will help you be better prepared for treatment.
- Be sure to transfer records from the previous dentist, so your dentist can access information to help diagnose and create the best treatment plan for you.
- Provide your dentist with a list of medications and an updated medical history. Discuss surgeries, procedures, past dental cleanings, or any oral health problems. This will help your dentist design an individualized treatment plan.
- If you’re a new patient or recently have updated your insurance policy, be sure to disclose this information to your dental office to ensure your appointment goes as smoothly as possible.
- Arrive early. This is especially important if you’re a new patient and must complete paperwork. Even if you’re not a new patient, it’s a good idea to still arrive early to avoid rushing.
- Be open about your dental anxieties and remain positive. It’s completely normal to be nervous before a dental appointment. Telling your dentist about your fears will help them develop ways to perform their services better. Positive thinking is the best approach to overcoming fear and actually helps alter attitudes and emotional states, leading to a more encouraging direction.
Our dental office focuses on raising your level of dental fitness through a co-discovery of your goals and needs, and reducing your fears surrounding dental visits is what we do best. We are committed to helping you regain your confidence and ensuring a positive experience. We’re happy to assist you with any questions you have, or contact us to schedule your appointment!