Despite what you may have often heard, there’s no reason to be afraid of your first visit to a dentist in a new place. Dental appointments are not always the painful places they’ve been made out to be in pop culture and media.
If you’ve been properly brushing and taking care of your teeth, you probably won’t be subjected to any painful dental procedures. In fact, you’ll have more chances to leave with cleaner teeth and a free toothbrush also, if your dentist is feeling particularly kind that day.
So sit back and relax. Be assured that your visit to the dentist will almost certainly be a pleasant one.
If you haven’t been to a dental clinic in a long time, or it’s your first visit to a dentist, the first thing they’re likely to do is to do an x-ray. The purpose of an x-ray is to assess the condition of your teeth and it gives the dentist a better picture and understanding of the overall health of your teeth.
It’s not likely that you’ll have anything to worry about unless you’re one of the 30% of Americans who don’t even brush their teeth often enough.
After the x-ray is done, the dentist will do a dental exam to check your teeth and gums. This is the usual part of the exam where they examine your gums to check for any gum diseases. The results of this exam should be predictable to you, as neglecting to brush your teeth or proper flossing may cause a range of unpleasant symptoms that presented themselves long before you went to the dental clinic.
Most of the time the dentist will tell you that you haven’t been flossing enough. Your dentist can also recommend some alternatives to traditional flossing that will get the job done, in case your gums are too sensitive for flossing.
Teeth Cleaning and Scheduling Your Next Dental Visit
When your dental exam is over, you can look forward to teeth cleaning. This is when your dentist and their assistant will clean your teeth of hard to reach plaque that you missed in case you don’t floss enough.
After that is over, you can always ask your dentist any questions about your dental hygiene and about scheduling a teeth whitening, which may make your smile look brighter and you’ll feel better. With this, your dental visit is almost done!. All that’s left now is to go to the front desk and pay for the visit and then schedule your next appointment.
Visiting The Dentist Doesn’t Have to be Scary
Don’t be scared of your dental visit. It’s always important to remember that your dentist is always there to help you take care of your precious teeth. More often than not, the most painful part of visiting any dentist is the lecture given to you about remembering to floss, and setting up the next dental visit on time, not the painful medical procedure.
In fact, if you do need to get something like a procedure root canal done, it’s very unlikely that your dentist will give you one right there on the spot i.e. at the time of your first visit. But, it’s unlikely you need anything that drastic done in the first place at the time of your first visit.