You need to go to the dentist. It might be because you’ve moved or it may be because you’re fresh out of college and need to start doing that whole “adult thing.” Don’t worry. It’s not as hard as one might think. But it still begs the question: How does one get ready for a dental appointment?
Make sure that your insurance is up-to-date
It may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes dental offices change what sort of insurance they take, just like doctor’s offices do. You don’t want to get to the office and find that they don’t accept it. There’s a good possibility that your dentist may be able to work with you via a financing plan, but that’s not entirely a given. It’s always best to double check before you go, especially if it’s been awhile.
Check your toothbrush
What kind of toothbrush are you using? Is it a manual or an electric one? Are the bristles hard or soft. The best type of bristles are the soft ones because the hard ones can wear down one’s gums and enamel. Is your toothbrush in good shape or does it look like you’ve used it to also get grout out from between the tiles. That’s a joke, but obviously don’t use the same brush for both tasks. If the brush is worn out, with the bristles all splayed, it’s time to replace it.
Check your brushing habits
This area is where many people make mistakes. They tend to think that brushing hard is the way to go. It’s like getting really tough food off the dishes when it’s your turn to be the dishwasher, right? No, being vigorous with your brushing only sets you up for gum irritation and worn-down enamel. Use soft circular motions when using a manual brush or just hold the electric toothbrush over each tooth. The entire process should take 2 minutes – 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. Too long is over-brushing and too short is not enough. Count to 30 in each part and you’ll be fine.
Flossing… it’s the in thing to do
Yes, it may seem like a hassle. All you want to do is finish brushing your teeth and get out of the bathroom. Still, you need to budget extra time to do this activity, too, otherwise you run the risk of having food particles remain in between teeth and gums – brushing can’t get everything… even the best electric ones. Don’t do a jagged see-saw motion… and also don’t be surprised if there’s a bit of blood if it’s been awhile. Regular flossing can help keep your gums in great shape.
VIP Dental has been helping patients have a luxurious time in the dental chair for years. You’ll find yourself being pampered while having your teeth cleaned. The whole experience will make you commit this checklist to memory before your second appointment.