Although your next cleaning may only feel like an item to check off your list, it’s important to be prepared so that you can get the most out of it. Even if you’re not excited about your dental health, it’s still an integral part of your overall health throughout your life— and a visit with your dentist is the perfect time to learn and improve! Here are some steps you can take before your next appointment.
Brush Up On Your Brushing
Even though it’s important to have good home care year-round, it can’t hurt to practice all the steps in the months before and after your appointment. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using fluoride rinses as instructed. These things can be difficult to incorporate into your routine, so getting started now can be a great way to continue it after your appointment, with any recommended adjustments from your dentist.
Bring Your Dental Appliances
Whether you received a night guard, Invisalign treatment, retainer, or any other mouthpiece from a prior dentist or your current one, you should always bring these with you to your appointment. Your dentist can then check the fit, quality, and any factors that might be causing problems found during your cleaning. It’s also important to assess whether it’s being used correctly, or whether you might benefit from other options. Maybe most importantly, this gives us a chance to clean the appliance as well!
Be Ready to Ask Questions
Although a visit to the dentist can be a little intimidating sometimes, your dentist is the best person to answer any questions you might have about your dental health or home care. If you notice any problem areas or things you believe are out of the ordinary, be sure to address these with Dr. Schultz during your exam. That way, we can assess the situation, ease your fears, review any treatment that may be indicated, and review any additional symptoms to watch out for. Education is always a plus when it comes to your health!
If you haven’t already scheduled your next cleaning appointment, contact our office to select a day and time that works with your schedule. We take pride in providing excellent, patient-focused dental care to the families in our community! This post was provided by Thyme Dental Care.