If you’re worried about what to do if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, you can relax. It’s never too late to schedule an office visit to check in on your oral health.
It’s critical to your oral and overall health to see a dentist regularly. Your provider does more than just look in your mouth or clean your teeth and gums. They can also detect, treat, and help prevent many oral health issues as well as some chronic medical conditions. This not only keeps your mouth and whole body healthy, but it also protects your wallet as out-of-control oral health problems can be costly.
What should you do if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time but you’re ready to get back in the chair?
Start with finding a provider. If you had a dentist you liked before your break, call them back. If you’re looking for a new provider, consider reviews or solicit advice from trusted friends and family members. Don’t be afraid to call offices and get details straight from the dentist.
The next step is scheduling an appointment. If it’s been some time since your last visit or you’re seeing a new dentist, your appointment will typically include an exam, which is likely to involve new X-rays and scans, as well as a cleaning. This is where your dentist can get up to speed with the current state of your oral health.
Finally, be direct about your needs, both when booking your appointment and while speaking with your provider at your appointment. If something is bothering you, let them know. If you have concerns about a potential issue, now is the time to discuss it. Take advantage of your time with your dentist to get your oral health back on track. There’s no need to be embarrassed about the condition of your mouth. Everyone is different.
In the meantime, make sure you have healthy habits at home, which include brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day.
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