Are you ready for your next dental checkup? Visiting your dentist twice a year for these quick and easy appointments is a crucial way to keep your smile looking and feeling its best for years to come. However, it’s likely that dental checkups aren’t always on your mind, so you may feel a bit unprepared when yours is on the horizon. Not to worry! Here are six easy tips that will help make your next dental appointment easier.
1.) Brush & Floss Beforehand
Yes, your dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth for you during your checkup. However, if you brush your teeth beforehand, it will make it easier for them to identify and address areas of plaque and tartar buildup. If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, try flossing consistently for a few days beforehand to help your gums begin to adjust.
2.) Confirm your Appointment
Your dentist’s team will likely contact you the day before your appointment for confirmation. Whether by phone, text, or email, make sure to respond to them and confirm your appointment. Not only will this help remind you about your upcoming visit, but you may be able to fill out paperwork ahead of time to make the process go even faster.
3.) Bring Your Dental Insurance Information
If your dental insurance has changed since your last visit, make sure to bring a copy of your dental insurance benefits. Your dental team will need that information to update your coverage in their system.
4.) Write Down Your Medications
The medications you take impact your oral health. If you’ve been diagnosed with any new medical conditions or have started taking any new medications since your last visit, write them down and bring them with you to your appointment. This information will give your dentist insight on what key oral health problems to be on the lookout for.
5.) Communicate With Your Dental Team
Do you have sensitive teeth or an overreactive gag reflex? Tell your dental team so they can make the appropriate adjustments. Have you noticed a new discomfort or symptom in your mouth? Tell your dental team so they can investigate further! They’re here to help you, so don’t be shy about communicating with them.
6.) Schedule Your Next Visit Before You Leave
According to the American Dental Association, patients should visit their dentist for routine checkups and cleanings twice a year. However, six months is a very long time, and you may forget to make your appointment in the future. That’s why you should schedule your next dental checkup before you leave their office! This will get you on their calendar, and they’ll help remind you about it when the time comes.
Keeping you smile happy and healthy for life can be easy with routine dental checkups! Use these six tips to help make each appointment go as smoothly as possible.
About the Practice
At Stansbury Dental, Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury and his experienced team are please to provide high-quality dental care for the smiles of Tyler and the surrounding communities. From personalized checkups and cleanings to custom-made restorations and cosmetic solutions, Dr. Stansbury goes above and beyond to help his patients enjoy optimal oral health for life. If it’s time for your next dental checkup, don’t hesitate to reach him online or at (903) 561-1122.