You’re barreling through a busy week and probably haven’t given much thought to your next dentist appointment. But these simple suggestions will help you save time while also putting your mind at ease about any issues you’re concerned about. Here are five things your dentist would like you know before you come in:
1) If you’ve had X-rays taken recently with another dentist, you should contact your previous dentist prior to your first appointment with us and request X-rays be sent over right away. A full-mouth series is good for 5 years, and bitewings are good for one year. Your insurance may not cover them again. Your new dentist needs X-rays in hand to accurately evaluate the condition of your mouth.
2) If you are pregnant, don’t worry – it is totally safe to have X-rays taken. It’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums while you’re expecting because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can increase your risk of developing gum disease. Don’t skip a trip to the dentist when you are pregnant!
3) If you haven’t been flossing much, don’t try to make up for it the day before (or the day of!) your appointment by over-flossing. That will only irritate your gums and make getting your teeth cleaned more uncomfortable. (Plus, we can tell if you have not been flossing!) Ideally, you should floss regularly, at least 4-5 times per week.
4) If you are concerned about a particular issue and would like it addressed during your appointment, please call before you come in, so we can schedule your time properly. It can be difficult for us to squeeze in additional treatments if we don’t know what you need ahead of time.
5) If you are a new patient, make sure your meter is set for two hours. The appointment may run shorter, but you should allocate that amount of time so you aren’t rushed. If you are a return patient, make sure you allow at least an hour.
Now you can sit back and relax before your appointment. You’ve just saved yourself (and your dentist) a lot time!