I Haven’t Seen a Dentist in Years — Now What?

Posted on: April 5, 2019

Before you know it time has passed and the realization comes that you have not been to the dentist in years. Although it may seem scary and you know it has to be done, in this article we are going to cover what you can expect to experience when going back to the dentist after a few years' time.

First, you are not alone. Many people avoid going to the dentist and realize that it is time to finally go. It could be from a dental issue that has popped up or wanting to start a new good habit of having their bi-annual visits to the dentist. Either way, making this decision is a significant first step, and you should be very proud of yourself.

First, make the appointment

The first thing to do is to make an appointment with the dentist. Let them know that it has been a while since you visited a dentist so that they can get the proper information before you arrive on the day of your appointment. Whatever information can be updated will help ease any worries on the day of the appointment and make things go more quickly.

If you are visiting a new dentist you have never seen, provide your new dentist with the contact information of your old dentist so they can get any dental records the old dentist may have.

Arrive early to fill out paperwork

Ensuring that the dentist knows about your overall health is essential for your appointment. It is also an excellent time to let the dental office know if there is a specific reason you are visiting, such as a toothache or chipped tooth. Either way, the more information the dentist has about you the better they can make things quick and easy from start to finish.

Once the patient's paperwork is filled out, the exam and cleaning can begin. If you have any fears or anxiety about the appointment, the best thing you can do is let your hygienist and dentist know. They have special techniques they can use to help the visit be stress-free.

The exam and cleaning

This is the most critical part and the reason you booked the appointment in the first place. The hygienist and dentist will work to get your teeth clean and remove any plaque build-up. Typically these areas can be cleaned, however, if it has turned into a cavity the dentist can either complete the filling that day or schedule you for another time.

The dental team will go over some tips on how to have a great at-home oral hygiene routine and help you keep the best oral health possible. Letting them know about any areas you struggle in keeping up with will help them know what to suggest to ensure your mouth stays in excellent condition.

Any more questions about dentist visits?

Give our office a call, and our staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have and make the process easy and smooth from start to finish.

Request an appointment here: https://www.drnormanknowles.com or call Art of Smiles – Norman D. Knowles, D.M.D. at (772) 778-0954 for an appointment in our Vero Beach office.

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