For the vast majority of dental patients, a regular checkup that includes a dental cleaning is advised every six months. That’s twice a year, or once every 182.5 days, give or take. There’s no getting around this schedule, it’s been proven to be the most effective time frame for your dentist and hygienist to catch any small dental problems from becoming big ones, and it’s the best way to keep your teeth and gums at their very best. While you may have more visits in a year, perhaps to deal with persistent gum disease or to defeat some other problem, you never want to have less than two visits each calendar year.
What are some things you can do to make this semi-annual visit a success for both you, your teeth and your dental professional? Here are a few helpful hints to get the most out of your visits to the dentist.
Keep Your Appointment!
Things come up of course, and the caring staff at the Sacramento Dentistry Group is flexible. If you’re sick, must leave town unexpectedly, or your beloved pet is at the emergency vet, we certainly understand if you need to cancel your scheduled appointment. In these cases, we make every effort to reschedule as soon as possible.
But cancelling your appointment for a frivolous reason — because you just don’t feel like coming in, because spending an afternoon at the dentist seems like the last thing you’d like to do, because you haven’t flossed for a month and you don’t want us to know – these excuses just delay the thing you need the most, to have your teeth examined and professionally cleaned. So schedule your checkups at a time that you can keep, and then do all in your power to keep it.
Dental professionals are obliged to ask if you’ve been having any issues with your teeth, gums or any unusual pains in your mouth. The more we know, the more we can help you catch problems earlier, saving you money, time and discomfort. So when we ask how often you brush and floss your teeth, be forthcoming and tell the truth. First of all, we can tell by looking, but if in fact you are brushing and flossing on schedule and you still have an excessive buildup of plaque and tartar, more frequent visits may be necessary. Tell us if your teeth have been sensitive to hot or cold, if you’ve experienced any bleeding of your gums or if anything seems out of the ordinary. We need to know so we can help you.
Tell Us if You’re Afraid
If you have the habit of cancelling dental appointments and rescheduling and then cancelling again, you probably have some phobias about dental visits. Don’t be embarrassed — it happens regularly. Let us know when you make your first appointment with the Sacramento Dentistry Group about your level of fear, and we will plan accordingly. A dose of anti-anxiety medication may be just what you need, or for other cases a discussion with our staff about the benefits of sleep dentistry is in order. There’s nothing to fear from the dentist except not going to the dentist — that would be the scariest decision you could make.
The staff at the Sacramento Dentistry Group is here to make your regular dental visits positive, productive and as painless as possible. Your first role in this process is to keep a good dental routine at home by brushing and flossing regularly and consistently. The second is to keep those dental appointments, be honest with us about what’s been happening since we saw you last, and tell us if you need a bit more help to get you into the dental chair. Working together, we’ll keep your teeth at their very best!