Improve Your Next Dentist Visit in 3 Easy Steps
Few of us look forward to our twice-yearly dentist visits. After all, we sit in the dentist’s chair with our mouth open for at least 20 minutes or so. So it’s not as if going to the dentist is like going on a picnic.
What’s more, if a previous dental checkup found a cavity or other issue, a visit to the dentist could mean we’re there for a cavity filling, bridge work, tooth removal, or other less-than-pleasant experience.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, sitting in a dental chair getting our teeth cleaned isn’t fun, but there’s no reason we ever again have to go to the dentist for a cavity, to get a tooth pulled, to have a root canal, or in order to have some other relatively unpleasant treatment performed.
You can be as happy as this dental patient every time you visit your dentist by following the three steps below.
Take a look at the easy tips below that will help make your next visit to your Plano dentist the best it can be.
- Probably the most important thing you can do to make sure your next dental checkup is an agreeable one is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. This is especially important if you feel nervous whenever you go in for a check-up. Many dentists have learned the art of helping their patients lessen their anxiety and fear. The American Dental Association, in fact, offers seminars and classes for dentists in how to improve their patient communication skills. Remember also, that the dentist’s team members also have a big impact on your comfort level. Don’t be afraid to look for another dentist if you feel uncomfortable. If you like the office and staff but don’t like your particular dentist, feel free to ask to work with another dentist.
- Make sure you tell your dentist about any pain or other oral health issues you may be experiencing. Does it hurt a bit when you brush your teeth? Do you experience pain when you bite on something that’s hot or cold? Have you noticed that your gums bleed regularly, even when you’re not brushing your teeth? (Some occasional gum bleeding when you brush your teeth is not unusual; what is unusual is if your gums bleed all the time when you brush or at other times during the day.) Speak up! Many major dental problems can be taken care of easily and swiftly when they’re small. Not mentioning these small issues when they are minor can mean several — longer and less pleasant – visits to your dentist in the near future. Visits that could be easily avoided if you mention minor issues to your Plano dentist when they’re small.
- Take care of your teeth! This is by far the simplest and easiest thing you can do to make your dental visits a breeze each and every time – for the rest of your life. Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and check-up (and mention any minor issues, as discussed above), and cut down on the starches and sugars you eat. Theses are by far the simplest and easiest things you can do to ensure pleasant dental visits. It really is that simple.
Start your journey to pain-free and pleasant dental visits by making an appointment with Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson. Give us a call by phone today.
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