We all like to make a good impression. That’s why the dentists and staff at the Sacramento Dentistry Group do our best to impress our clients with clean, efficient, friendly and comfortable offices that allow our patients to relax and receive the best dental care possible. That also means our staff prepares every day to serve you by dressing and grooming well, while avoiding things like garlic fries during lunch. So how can our patients return the favor? How can you make your dental assistant smile? Here are some suggestions for preparing for your dental appointment that can be separated into two categories: the personal and logistics.
It should go without saying, and almost all of our patients care for this matter, but you should always brush your teeth with toothpaste and floss them using the tool of your choice before visiting the dentist. While you’re taking care of your typical oral hygiene, don’t forget that the tongue also needs to be brushed and benefits from the same care you give to your teeth. Note if you experience any bleeding while caring for your teeth. That’s a sure symptom of gum disease that you want to discuss with your dentist.
What’s the point of mouthwash? If you believe the advertising, mouthwash is for impressing your significant other. Believe us when we say, dental assistants appreciate “minty fresh breath” too!
Keep in mind your typical position at the dentist – nearly horizontal in a dental chair. So that means your assistant gets a totally different view than you normally present during the day. That leads to our next suggestion: It’s not just your teeth that look good when they’re clean. Sanitary nostrils are a definite plus! And let’s just say that most dental assistants really appreciate it when our clients trim those nose hairs.
Which Brings Us to the Ears
We also get a close up view of your ears. What applies to the nose, applies to the ears! Q-tips and hair trimmers aren’t a part of your typical dental kit, but sometimes they should be.
The Three-Martini Lunch
Alcohol and cigarettes used to be involved in the typical business lunch. They don’t go so well with your typical dental visit. Dental assistants always appreciate it when our patients abstain from drinking or smoking before a dental appointment. We recognize, however, that the effects of a smoke or “stiff drink” may be a patient’s usual method of dealing with anxious moments. So keep in mind that the Sacramento Dentistry Group is ready with sleep dentistry, the pharmaceutical means of making your dental visit anxiety free!
Workouts and Dentistry Don’t Mix
You may like to jog or bike to work, but if that means copious amounts of sweat, just keep in mind that a dental chair is not the same as a workout bench. Unlike the gym, towels are something we don’t provide.
Lipstick May Be Glamorous
But lipstick does not look good on dental instruments. Remember that your lips will come in contact with gloves, instruments, x-ray devices – all kinds of things. So there’s no need to freshen it up before your appointment, but if you wear it, your lipstick will definitely need freshening afterwards!
Sometimes your routine dental visit becomes something else. If we discover a cavity or other serious problem, it might be best to deal with the matter right then and there, before it gets worse. So please don’t schedule a dental treatment with less than a one-hour window between the expected end of your dental appointment and the beginning of your next task. If we don’t need that extra time, consider it a breather during your busy day.
Children and Dental Appointments
We enjoy meeting our patient’s children, but if they cannot be left alone in our waiting room, it’s best to make arrangements for child care or bring a friend with you to help them be occupied. You certainly don’t want your dentist to be distracted while working with instruments in your mouth, and the same goes for our clients! Distractions on either side of the relationship can lead to mistakes and we all want our patients to have the best care and safest visit possible. First and foremost, we want your appointments with the Sacramento Dentistry Group to be regular. That’s the only way to work together to maintain healthy teeth and gums. So the most important form of preparation for your personal benefit is to make your dental appointment in the first place! No matter what your state of affairs, we are always happy to see you.