As your trip to the dentist grows closer, you can find yourself wondering how to properly prepare for your visit, including how to overcome any dental anxiety, or top tips on keeping teeth healthy. Take some expert advice instead, on what to do and what not to do before seeing the dentist.
Do communicate with your dentist
Getting in touch with your dentist before you go can help ease any worries you have, and can be particularly important if there is information your dentist needs to know. If you have a serious health condition, or if you recently underwent major surgery, informing your dentist before you arrive at your appointment can be helpful, in case any adjustments need to be made, for example, taking precautions in order to prevent infections.
Not speaking to your dentist might waste yours and your dentist’s time if the appointment has to be rescheduled, when all that was initially required were simple treatments such as cleaning or drilling.
Do learn to control dental anxiety
Dental phobia is still very common among children and adults alike, but nowadays there is virtually no reason to be afraid of seeing the dentist. Modern dental surgeries are clean, modern and stylish, creating a comfortable atmosphere in which to speak to friendly and helpful professionals. Technological advancements mean that old equipment which once appeared frightening is now much less intimidating.
There is nothing to fear about the dentist anymore, and anxiety should not prevent you from making an appointment. If you find you still worry, practise breathing and listening to calming music prior to your visit, and this can help.
Do not adjust your brushing techniques
A common mistake many make is aggressively adjusting your dental hygiene routine when your dental appointment draws close. Many people seem to fear their dentist being angry at them for poor oral health, so ‘cram’ for the appointment, but this is unnecessary. Dentists notice when this has happened; irritation of or dried out gum tissue prompts questions, and the answer is usually that the patient flossed ‘extra hard’ before the visit or had been excessively using mouthwash containing alcohol.
Instead of potentially harming our teeth with such measures, it is better to just practise good oral hygiene regularly, including brushing twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. This should be sufficient to keep your mouth healthy, and you will no longer need to attack your teeth a few days before you visit the dentist.
To make an appointment, or check if there’s anything you or we can do before your next visit, call us at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to speak to a member of our friendly staff.