A Checklist for Your Next Dental Visit

When preparing for your dental appointment, it is always important that you come prepared. Whether you are a veteran patient or it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, it’s important to be proactive about your dental care. Routine visits with your dentist provide lifelong benefits for both maintaining your smile as well as your overall health.

Confirm Your Appointment
Even if your appointment has been marked on your calendar for months in advance, be sure to confirm your appointment. Scheduling errors can occur. It’s a common to receive confirmation of your appointment from your dental clinic a few days before. However, if you have not received an appointment reminder within days of your scheduled visit, be sure to call in order to ensure that your appointment time is still reserved.

Prepare Your Information
It is common that you will be asked to update your personal information and medical history on an annual basis. Make sure that you are prepared to fill out paperwork and provide your medical history, insurance information, and any updates to your medications or overall health. Sharing this information makes it easier for your dentist to personalize your oral care and provide you with the best services possible.

Practice Continuous Dental Care
Never wait until the month or week of your dental appointment to be proactive about your dental hygiene. Make sure to brush your teeth regularly at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Likewise, it’s important that you use dental floss to clear any additional debris from your teeth and gum line on a daily basis. Your dentist will notice any last-minute efforts to aggressively scrub your teeth or floss.

Prepare to Discuss Problems
Be mindful of any changes in your teeth, gums, and bite since the last time you had a dental appointment. Try to take inventory before your appointment of issues like sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, or nighttime grinding. If you are able to detect these concerns and present them to your dentist, he or she will be able to form a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to alleviate your concerns.

Face Your Dental Anxiety
Many patients who visit the dentist can face anxiety. If you are nervous about your appointment, express these concerns with your dentist so that he or she can provide you with proper techniques for making your dental visit more comfortable. Many dentists will allow you to take breaks during any dental procedure, listen to music, or offer additional support to make your dental appointment as pleasant as possible.

Visit GT Dental in Toronto for all of your dental needs. Contact us today to book an appointment, our comprehensive checklist should have you prepared for your next visit. 

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