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Going to your Dentist Appointment: A Few Tips to Help You Prepare

Regular dental visits are an important part of oral health. When your dentist regularly sees your teeth, he or she can catch problems before they become full-blown problems. More importantly, maintaining a healthy mouth has a direct correlation to your overall health. For instance, studies show that inflammation caused by oral bacteria might cause clogged arteries or even stroke. In a similar vein, periodontitis can also lead to premature birth or babies being born with less than ideal weight.

Now that you understand the importance of regularly visiting Lehigh Valley dentists, here are a few tips to make your appointment as stress-free as possible.

Dentist Appointment
Verify First!

Make sure to confirm your appointment 24 hours before the set date. This way, you can avoid miscommunication and you can drop by the dental office with no worries about your schedule. Do note that some practices will do the confirmation call instead.

Transfer those Records

If you’re visiting a new dental office for the first time, have your dental records transferred there beforehand. A dentist who knows a patient’s history can give more accurate diagnoses and can suggest the best course of treatment.

Arrive Early

Make it a point to arrive at least 15 minute early for your appointment. By doing so, you have more time to relax and acclimate yourself to the dental office’s atmosphere. This is also important if you have a history of dental anxieties–you want to be as relaxed as possible before your dental procedure.

Answer Candidly

A lot of people fudge or hedge their answers out of fear of being judged by their dentist. Don’t, A good Lehigh Valley dentist will never judge you for your oral health shortcomings, but instead will listen intently so they better understand what the problems are and how to deal with them. On the flipside, the more forthcoming you are with your symptoms, the better the diagnosis and treatment you will receive.

Let Your Requests be Heard

If you’re afraid of needles, don’t hesitate to tell your dentist. There are many other ways to anesthetize a patient these days, such as nitrous oxide gas or sedatives. Likewise, if the sound of a dental drill makes you shiver, ask your dentist if they have alternative technologies like Waterlase, which uses water spray and laser energy to do the same job.

Don’t be one of those people who only think about their teeth when something hurts. Regular dental visits are important for your overall health, so mark your calendars and make dental appointments can’t-miss events. Your teeth and your body will thank you for it. 

Sources
How to Prepare for Dental Visits, 1800dentist.com
4 Steps to a Pain-Free Dentist Visit, WebMD.com

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