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Prepare for Your Dental Check-Up

Is it time for your regular dental check-up? Whether you intend to see your usual dentist or visit a new dental practice, you can benefit from taking steps to prepare for your appointment.

When you understand what you need and what will occur ahead of your arrival at the dentist’s office, you can prevent delays, confusion, and hassle during your appointment. This can result in an overall more positive experience when it comes to your dental care. Consider these tips from your dentist to streamline your next routine dental appointment.

Prepare for Your Dental Check-Up

Complete Your Usual Oral Hygiene Routine

You usually brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day as part of your oral hygiene regimen. You should complete this routine as you normally would on the day of your dental appointment.

Your dentist will clean your teeth during this visit. But if you practice your usual oral hygiene before the appointment, you can remove the easy layers of plaque and other residues from your teeth. Then your dentist can focus on scraping away stubborn tartar build-up that your toothbrush cannot reach.

It may feel tempting to brush and floss with extra vigor before your check-up. But this effort will not make up for the times you skipped your at-home oral health care. Instead, you might irritate your teeth and gums before your dentist can examine them. Make sure you adhere to a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine for optimal benefits for your smile.

Pay Attention to Your Comfort Levels

Do you feel nervous about going to the dentist? Many people feel anxiety regarding dental work, but you should know that modern dentistry prioritizes their patients’ comfort. Communicate any stress or worry to your dentist so that they can adjust their methods accordingly.

The dentist wants you to have a positive experience in their care. They can offer advice to make you feel more at ease in the dentist’s chair. They can recommend deep breathing exercises that can help you relax. And they also offer medicine called dental sedation that will induce a calming effect during your treatment.

You can also bring headphones and music with you to listen to and to make you feel more comfortable as you sit in the dentist’s chair. Consider inviting a friend to the appointment to keep you company as well.

Bring All Necessary Items to the Dentist’s Office

To avoid confusion and stress at the front desk of your dentist’s office, make sure you bring all necessary items to your appointment. For instance, the staff will want to confirm your dental insurance details, so you should have this information or your card handy.

You should also bring your oral appliances with you to your dental appointment. For instance, if you wear dentures, Invisalign, or other dental devices, your dentist will want to examine them along with the rest of your smile. Without these items, your dentist might not get a thorough read of your oral health.