A good start to the new year is to schedule your next dental check-up. If you have done this, then great job! This is a critical part of keeping your mouth healthy! It isn’t uncommon for us to assist people that haven’t visited the dentist in many years, which means they may not know what to expect. So we thought we would put together some things to expect next time you visit the dentist for a check-up!
If you either haven’t visited the dentist in a long time, or it is your first time to visit us, then there a few things you should prepare. First, gather information on your health history. This includes any medicine that you are taking, and also contact info for your doctors, etc. If you are new to a dentist, then you should request your past dentist to transfer your dental records to the new dentist. This may involve either faxing them or filling out a form. This allows your new dentist to get a good picture of your entire oral health past. If you have any concerns that involve your health, such as diabetes or pregnancy, then make sure to let your dentist know. If you have anything else that either scares you or would help make your dental check-up more comfortable, just let us know!
Before visiting the dentist you can eat if you would like! You don’t have to brush your teeth before since you can do it at our office. Also if it is your first appointment in a while, it is a good idea to arrive a bit early to fill out any paperwork that may be needed. When you arrive you will be greeted by the receptionist, and they will walk you through the process and get what is needed from you. Make sure to bring your insurance information so that you can utilize any insurance benefits you may have. The staff will be able to apply this to your insurance if it applies.
Once you are done upfront, someone from the dental team will take you back and get x-rays. These are important since they give our dentists a view of your mouth from inside. This allows them to treat any issues there may be, and take better care of your mouth. If you are worried that x-rays are dangerous, you don’t need to be! Flying across the country in an airplane exposed you to more radiation than a dental x-ray.
The dentist is going to look at all of the data, and evaluate your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. They will put together any treatments that needs to take place to fix any issues. We are looking for cavities, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. There are many other things that we check, but these are some of the most important. Towards the end, you will have the opportunity to talk to the dentist and ask any questions you may have. Once you are done with your checkup you will need to take care of payment, and then schedule your next checkup around 6 months out! If there is any treatment that needs to take place, then we will schedule times for these as well.