So you did it, you scheduled your next dental check-up. Well done! Regular dental check-ups are a critical part of keeping both your mouth and body healthy. Whether this dental check-up is a first for you, the first time in a long time, or after relocating to a new area, you may want a refresher on what to expect at your dental check-up. So, we’ve put together this quick resource to help you get prepared for your next dentist appointment.
Preparing for Your Dental Check-Up
Before that next dental check-up, there are some things you should be sure you do, especially if this will be your first visit at a new dental office.
Gather information about your health history, including medications you are taking and contact information for your most recent doctor and dentist.
Request your former dentist transfer your records to your new provider. Help foster the transfer so your new dentist has a complete picture of your dental history.
Let them know if you have health concerns such as pregnancy, diabetes, epilepsy, or special needs, so they can best support you.
Be sure to mention any concerns you have or accommodations you may require, including dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is common and your dental team can help make your checkup more comfortable.
Follow your normal dental routine, and if you need to eat before your appointment, then eat. You can always brush your teeth at the dentist when you arrive if needed. Give yourself extra time to arrive for your first appointment so you can complete paperwork and be in a calm state of mind.