How to Prepare for a Dental Cleaning

Going to a new dentist for a dental cleaning treatment is a routine procedure and one that should not generate any anxiety or worry. Taking care of your dental health is an important part of any larger self-care practice, and proactively scheduling a cleaning is a great way to ensure optimal oral health.

Getting ready for a dental cleaning

Though these guidelines are good to follow for a regular, routine dental cleaning, they would also apply to a routine annual or six-month checkup, or even a more involved or complicated procedure a patient may have planned with his or her dentist in advance. Though the advice may seem basic, the following steps are applicable to almost any dental visit.

Confirm the appointment 24 hours in advance

Many dental offices will contact their patients the day before an appointment to confirm, but in the event that they do not, a patient may wish to take it upon themselves to do so. It is always a good idea to verify the time and date of an appointment to be sure there has been no lapse in communication or misunderstanding.

Ensure dental records are up to date

If a patient is visiting a new dentist for the first time, it is also a good idea to make sure the new dentist has all of their currently applicable records, including treatment notes and X-rays made by the patient’s previous dentist.

Brush and floss before your visit

The dentist or dental professionals will appreciate a patient who has, just prior to their appointment, brushed and flossed their teeth. This ensures that any procedure — from a dental cleaning to anything more advanced — can be immediately pursued without extra steps being necessary.

Arrive early to fill out any needed paperwork

If visiting a new dental practice, a patient should be aware that there will be certain forms that are necessary to fill out, such as previous dental procedures, allergies to certain medications or even something as simple as insurance and form of payment. If a patient is visiting a dentist he or she has seen before, it may be necessary to note any changes in medical condition or medication or a change in dental insurance.

Discuss any dental problems with the dentist

If a patient has any questions regarding oral or dental health, it would be good to discuss them with the dental professionals before treatment, so they can be thoroughly checked out. Being proactive in this way helps prevent minor dental issues from becoming major ones, and is a good way for a patient to ensure continued optimal dental health.

Preparing ahead of time ensures a smooth visit for everyone

Prior preparation not only helps the dentist but the patient, as well. Even for something as routine as a regularly scheduled cleaning, being a little proactive makes things easier for everyone. If you have not had a cleaning in a while, it would be a good idea to schedule one — contact our office today.

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