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4 Tips to Maximize your Dental Appointments

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When you’re on a regular dental appointment schedule, you only see your dentist a few times a year so it’s vital that you make the most of each visit. There are questions you might have that you forget when you’re at the dentist office, so it’s helpful to plan ahead and come prepared to each appointment. With some preparation, you and your dentist receive the full benefit of your time together.

Write questions down

Whenever you think of a question you’d like to ask the dentist, write it down somewhere so you don’t forget it. The big questions like why your tooth aches are easy to remember at your appointment, but smaller ones like the best type of mouthwash to use can slip your mind. Try to write all the questions down in the same location like a whiteboard, notebook or app on your phone so you’re ready to go for your next appointment.

Keep notes

Chances are, your dentist and hygienist will have a lot to say about your oral health and how you can improve and maintain it. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to remember everything they say. To solve this problem, bring a small notebook to write their advice down or input it into your phone. If you’re not in a position to write it down as they say it (like when you’re reclined in the chair as they clean your teeth) then ask them to repeat the information later when you have access to your notebook or device. You can also ask if your dentist or hygienist could email you important information later so you can reference it later.

Be honest

It’s likely that during at least one point in your life, you’ve failed to brush and floss as much as you should and then felt guilty and perhaps fibbed when your dental professional asked you about it. While it’s common to feel a bit intimidated by your dentist, it’s important to remember that they want to help you and that by being honest, they can better assess your oral health. When you’re honest about your oral hygiene practices, your dental professional then knows exactly how to help solve any issues.

Provide dental history

If you’re switching dental offices or seeing a new dentist, make sure you have your dental records sent to the office before your first visit. By examining your dental history, your new dentist has a complete understanding of any past oral health issues you’ve had and what treatments you had done.

By making the most of each dental appointment, you and your dentist are able to work together to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact or visit Creative Dental today and ask about our variety of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services.

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11 Comments
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    Olivia Sherwin

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to write down questions that come to mind. When put on the spot, my mind goes blank, and I forget all of the questions I had in mind. By writing them down as you think of them, you can make sure you remember to ask. Thanks for the great post!

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    Lauren Woodley

    I thought your suggestion to keep notes during your dentist appointments were really interesting because I have never thought about doing this. You suggest, however, that the dentist and hygienist will most likely have a lot to say about your oral health on how you can improve and maintain it. Thus, making sure you provide a way for you to write these suggestions down will help you to be engaged in the conversation, and I think that it will, as you say, help you to remember what you discuss and be more proactive outside of the appointment to make sure that you’re doing everything that is suggested. Thank you for sharing!

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    Michael Lee

    I would have to agree that writing questions down is important, especially if anybody is as forgetful as I am. I would also like to add that a good dentist should welcome questions, and answer them with the correct information. My thanks to the author for taking the time to get this information out there, this was a very well written piece.

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    Avery Grey

    I really like your tip about taking notes. I know that sometimes sitting in a dental chair isn’t the most optimal position for taking notes but taking mental notes is just as good. Often a dentist will suggest new ways for brushing and flossing to make your teeth more healthy. It can be really beneficial to remember those for your future care.

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    Janelle Winters

    I love your suggestion to keep all of your little dentist questions in one place so you can ask all of them at a routine appointment! I know that in the past after appointments I’ve remembered like 5 different questions that completely slipped my mind while I was in the chair. Part of my New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier (and that includes oral hygiene), so I’m going to implement your suggestion as a part of that goal. Thanks!

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    Sarah Anderson

    Making sure you are writing down questions and things that you are doing is a good way to make sure that you and the dentist know what is going on with your mouth. Inaccurate information is worse than no information, so make sure you write it down as soon as it happens with details. Honesty is also rather important, as I said before, inaccurate information can harm you a lot more than missing info.

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    Sam Wilkins

    My husband and I just moved to a new area, and we need to find a dental service. It makes sense that you should provide your dental history for a new office because hopefully that information will make treating you easier to do. When I choose an office, I will make sure to have my old one send them the information.

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    Alex Trodder

    You make a great point about how it is essential to be honest with your general dentist if you want to get the most out of your appointments. More often than not, I’m guessing that they can tell if you haven’t been flossing or started smoking; so, lying to your dentist can degrade the trust between the two of you. If you are honest, then it allows for the proper dialogue to take place to help find the best solutions for your oral health. Thanks for the tips.

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    Nash Rich

    I thought the tip for writing down questions was a good one. Whenever I go to the dentist or any medical professional, I always have all of these questions. When I get there and when they ask me if I have any questions, it’s like I immediately forget!

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    Drew

    Great tips here for maximizing your dental appointment. Getting the most for your money is everyone’s hope so these are great tips for that.

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    Drew

    Nice idea to write questions down so that you won’t forget. That’s a good way to get everything out of the way before you appointment is over. Thanks for the tips!

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