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Help Them Help You: 3 Tips for an Easy Dental Checkup

November 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — westlakehills @ 8:20 pm
Woman with blue eyes in dentist's chair having an examination

You probably already know that brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is essential to prevent dental problems. While you might think your daily hygiene routine is enough to keep your smile happy, you could be missing an important factor.

Another key aspect to maintaining your oral health is visiting your dentist once every 6 months for a routine checkup and cleaning. They have the specialized training and instruments necessary to professionally examine your teeth for signs of issues like tooth decay or gum disease that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you’re anxious about your next appointment, keep reading to learn 3 helpful tips that will help you ace your dental exam.

Tip #1: Skip a Meal

For your dentist to accurately assess the condition of their teeth, they need to see them in their usual state. If you have recently eaten, they’ll be covered with food debris and particles that were left behind. Your dental team will have to work extra hard to clean them, which could mean you’ll be there longer than you might have otherwise. Furthermore, if you ate something spicy or full of onions, or had a particularly strong cup of coffee, then you might be embarrassed by extra bad breath!

On that note, you probably shouldn’t smoke a cigarette beforehand either because it has an unpleasant smell and will stain your pearly whites. In time, it could even lead to serious conditions like oral cancer.

Tip #2: Be Prompt

You aren’t your dentist’s only patient and they likely have a full roster for the day. To show them proper respect, make every effort to show up for your appointment on time. If you’re nervous about your visit, you might even try arriving a few minutes early so that you can get accustomed to the environment before you ever reach the dentist’s chair.

Tip #3: Communicate Your Concerns

If you’ve noticed any changes in your teeth or gums, or have any questions, be sure to express that clearly before your exam. It will help give them areas to focus on to ensure they don’t miss anything that could be causing discomfort. In addition to that, if you’re anxious ahead of time and let your dentist know, then they can take steps to help put you at ease. They want you to feel calm throughout your visit to avoid putting you through any unnecessary stress.

Now that you know how to prepare for your next dental appointment, you’re sure to pass your examination with flying colors!

About the Author

Dr. Rebecca Long believes in providing high-quality care with a gentle touch in a comfortable atmosphere so that you feel relaxed during your visit. She pursued her dental doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and has since completed over 600 hours of continuing education. That means you’re sure to receive the most current treatments using the most advanced technologies. Her non-judgmental team is happy to assist you in scheduling your next checkup. You’re welcome to contact the office on the website or by calling (512) 328-0155.

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