An oral exam is a procedure you undergo during your visit to the dentist. It is a type of preventive service that helps the dentist catch issues early on before they start causing extensive damage and lead to complications.
You may be wondering if there is something that you can do to make your dental checkup better. The answer is yes, a patient who is prepared is more likely to get the most out of a routine dental checkup.
Below are some tips on how to get the perfect dental checkup.
Confirm Your Appointment
Dental clinics usually confirm the patient’s appointment the day before the scheduled visit. This is to make sure you are going to make it and that you are on the same page regarding the time of your visit. You can call the clinic yourself to confirm your appointment.
Take Dental Records With You
Dentists will find your dental records, such as X-rays, diagnostic records, and previous treatment plans, useful in creating an individualized dental care plan – most especially if you are switching over from another dentist.
Floss and Brush Before Your Visit
By getting these out of the way, the dentist can proceed with what needs to be done. Even if the visit to the dentist involves a dental cleaning, dentists still appreciate it when the patient flosses and brushes before the visit.
Show Up Early
It is recommended that patients show up earlier than their scheduled appointment. There may be important forms to fill out, such as a history of allergies and information about insurance and form of payment, which you will need extra time for.
You will meet with the dentist during your visit. That is the right time to ask questions about oral hygiene, oral health concerns, and whatever is lingering on your mind. Discuss your oral health problems — maybe you grind your teeth at night or are unable to tolerate anything too cold, too warm, or too sweet. If you wish your teeth were whiter, let the dentist know, so they can recommend the best teeth whitening procedure that will produce the desired results.
It has become a common habit to try to search for answers to questions on Google, but the expertise of a knowledgeable and experienced dentist is a much better resource. In order not to waste time, prepare a list of questions and concerns you have about your mouth, teeth, and gums ahead of time, and bring it to your appointment.
If you want to know how to prepare for your dental checkup further, don’t hesitate to call to your dental clinic. Being proactive will only help you have a perfect dental checkup.
At Dr. Ernie Soto’s dental clinic, our friendly staff will help you prepare for your exam, so you have the perfect dental checkup. During the checkup, Dr. Soto will take his time with you, and answer any questions you have about oral health. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, let us know beforehand. Dr. Soto offers sedation dentistry for those with dental anxiety.
To schedule an appointment, call our Plantation dental clinic at (954) 368-6264 or use our online appointment request form. We look forward to serving you soon.