When you make a dental exam appointment with Esthetic Smiles, you are taking the first step towards the prevention of oral diseases such as gum disease. No matter how much your teeth remain healthy, a certain amount of plaque and tartar will build up. When plaque and tartar are allowed to grow, the teeth will eventually become yellow. Throughout your dental exam, the hygienist will eliminate the buildup of the plaque and tartar and supply you with a finishing fluoride rinse.
Next, the hygienist will consult with the dentist to conduct the examination following an appointment. This will allow them to spot any underlying problems which can be corrected before they get worse. This will include performing an oral cancer screening.
When it comes to the prevention of dental issues, the sooner problems are found, the less cost it will be to correct the problem later. You can easily avoid dental fillings, root canals, and other treatments by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Below are the best ways you can be better prepared for your next dental examination.
Ensuring that Brushing and Flossing is Done
It is always a good idea to have teeth that are cleaned from brushing and flossing ahead of time. This will help reduce the amount of time the hygienist will need to conduct a dental cleaning. Having a fewer amount of food remnants and particles present will make the exam much easier to find plaque and tartar. Practicing excellent oral hygiene is one way to prevent future oral issues from developing. Also, ensure that you do not eat food prior to your examination. You want to ensure the teeth are clean and presentable.
Establish a Good Form of Payment
There will be enough stress already, so having more will only be useless. You should avoid this by having the right type of payment setup ahead of time. Ensure that it will cover all of the expenses before presenting your payment. Also, determine the amount you will need to pay out of pocket and have it ready along with any insurance.
Be There Early
When it comes to timeliness, a dentist loves when their patient is early and waiting for them, more than the dentist waiting for you. Keep in mind that you will not be the only patient they will be seeing during the day. Also, when you are early, you will not need to worry about feeling anxious throughout the exam. Being early will give you the chance to relax.
Provide a Clear History
When you are at your appointment it is important to bring all current issues to the dentist’s attention. This will allow for a smoother flow of the appointment and will also allow us to diagnose your dental concerns and present proper treatment. Make sure to remain upfront while documenting your history. It is a good idea to provide the most information you can.
Address All Concerns
Having a feeling of anxiousness during a dental exam is highly common. This includes if any phobias are presenting themselves. The dentist needs to be aware of these. Once the dentist is aware of all concerns, they will be able to use methods to keep you relaxed such as nitrous oxide. For any other techniques, it is a good idea to reach out to us and see what is available. That way, you can remain calm and have a great experience. Making sure that your dental exam goes well is important for both the patient and the dental office. When you know what to expect prior to your appointment you will be able to remain comfortable and relaxed throughout.
However, if you still feel uneasy, then give Esthetic Smiles a call at 805-365-4222 to get a lot of your questions answered. We want you to have the best dental experience, so give us a call today!