Has it been a while since your last dental visit? If so, you may have questions or wonder what to expect. To ensure your appointment goes smoothly, read on as we share the top five things to know before visiting the dentist.
1. Your Dentist Won't Judge You
If you haven't been to a dentist in years and are embarrassed by what they might find, don't be. Your dentist has seen it all; their goal isn't to lecture or shame you but to treat whatever conditions they find and help you get your oral health back on track.
2. You Should Expect a Teeth Cleaning
Whether this is a new dentist or one you've seen before, your first appointment will most likely include teeth cleaning. The hygienist will evaluate your overall oral health and check for signs of gum disease. That way, when you see the dentist, they will already have your oral health information for a more productive visit.
3. You Can't Fool Your Hygienist
If the first time you've flossed in years is the night before your dental appointment, your hygienist will know. The best thing is to look at your hygiene appointment as the first step in getting your routine back on track. Your hygienist wants you to succeed and is there to guide and support you to achieve healthy teeth and gums.
4. Don't Fear Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays are a necessary part of oral health care. Your dentist can't treat what they can't see, and many oral health issues, like cavities between teeth, aren't visible during a routine exam. With a current set of low-dose digital x-rays, your dental team has your full oral health picture and can provide the most appropriate treatment for your needs.
5. Commit to Taking Care of Your Smile
Achieving excellent oral health is possible but requires more than one dental cleaning every three years. The easiest (healthiest) way to have stress-free dental visits is to commit to consistent brushing and flossing and professional teeth cleanings and exams every six months. You'll minimize your risk for cavities and gum disease and be confident you're doing all you can to get a good report at your next dental appointment.
Schedule with Town East Dental Group in Mesquite, TX
If you want to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Mesquite, TX, please call Town East Dental Group. We will provide friendly, non-judgmental treatment and help you achieve your healthiest smile.