What to Expect on Your First Dentist Visit
Statistics suggest a whopping 5.7 million Australians currently have a dental issue.
Do you find yourself among the untreated?
One reason you may be hesitant to visit the dentist is because you haven’t been in a long time. Depending on your age and upbringing, you may not have ever been to the dentist before. Rest assured; it’s normal to feel nervous about your first dental visit.
Knowing exactly what to expect and how to carry yourself can go a long way to ease your mind. Read on to empower yourself with the knowledge you need for your next visit.
Before Booking Your Appointment
Your dental journey begins long before you step into the office.
If it’s your child’s first dentist visit, you want them to understand basic hygiene. Introducing brushing and flossing at a young age builds healthy habits. It also helps reduce dental anxiety, too.
If your child is nervous, then introduce them to dentistry through kid’s shows, books, and talks. If it’s your first visit, get informed on what to expect.
Also, know your options. Research dentists in your area, and feel confident in your choice. If you or your child struggle with anxiety, our office can help.
What to Expect For Your First Dentist Evaluation
Once you’re in the office, a dental assistant will guide you to a room. You’ll get offered a bib to protect your shirt, and the assistant will ask you some questions.
If you have a dental concern, let them know now and this information will be noted down and passed on to the dentist.
Next, the dentist will meet you and discuss any dental concerns, review your health history form and talk with you about medical conditions or issues relevant to your dental visit. The dentist will perform a visual inspection of your teeth. The condition of your teeth and gums will be noted on your file and Then, they’ll show you how to brush and floss your teeth. They’ll also take note of any areas of concern.
The dentist will then take x-rays. This non-invasive procedure means you’ll need to bite down on a plate while pictures of your teeth get taken so that the dentist can assess areas where the naked eye cannot see. Next, the dentist will re-inspect your mouth and any problem areas and talk with you about your treatment options.
If you have significant decay in any teeth, then the dentist will discuss this with you thoroughly, noting the cause and the necessary treatment.
If tartar is present, they will commence teeth cleaning and scrape that away before finishing with teeth polishing. They may save the cleaning for another visit if there are more urgent concerns such as significant tooth decay.
What Comes Next?
After discussing treatment options, you’ll head to the reception desk. Here, you’ll take the next steps in making future appointments.
If your teeth are in good shape, you’ll need an appointment again in about six months for reevaluation for any changes/ deterioration and to perform maintenance of your teeth and gums by performing teeth cleaning. If your dentist spotted cavities or other issues, then you’ll want to book one sooner: this is to stop decay from becoming a bigger and more painful problem in the future.
The next steps are in your hands. If you agree with the dentists’ treatment advice, then book your next appointment. If you’re not comfortable with it, then you’re under no obligation to continue.
Are You Ready For Your First Dental Visit?
Are you bringing your child to their first dental visit ever? Or, are you heading to the office after not going for years and years? Regardless of your situation, you should feel informed and empowered now.
Are you ready to book your first appointment?
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