For many people, the prospect of going to the dentist for even a simple checkup can be laden with apprehension. For someone who hasn’t been in years, it can be even more nerve wracking, with many patients actually becoming anxious because they haven’t been in to see their dentist for such an extended period of time. However, it is very important that these patients push through and set a date for an appointment, as oral care is important not just for a person’s smile, but their overall health as well. In this post, we will let you know just what to expect if you’re going to the dentist for the first time in years.
First of all, try your best to be a bit early or on time! Not only will this help reduce your stress levels overall, but due to the time span between your previous visit and this one, there may or may not be some paperwork for you to fill out prior to your appointment. Don’t forget to bring your insurance information and any additional information on any allergies you might have. You should also be careful to not make any plans immediately following your dental appointment; due to the lapse in time since your last checkup, the visit may go a bit longer than usual as the dentist works hard to make sure everything is ship shape!
If you haven’t been to the dentist for a longer period of time, here are some of the things you can expect while sitting in the chair. First, the doctor and his dental assistants might take a longer time with the actual cleaning and removing of plaque from your teeth, as you have most likely had a large buildup accumulate there. You might experience some slight discomfort and perhaps a little bit of bleeding from your gums if you haven’t been flossing as regularly as you should, but don’t worry, you’re not being harmed in any way. As the doctor finishes the general maintenance on your teeth, he’ll move on to check for the bane of candy-loving children everywhere: cavities.
Realistically speaking, if you haven’t been to the dentist for an extended period of time, you might have a cavity or two for the dentist to clean up when you do come back in. Some of this is due to genetics, with some people just being more prone to having cavities, while some of it may be due to improper tooth care regimens and a dearth of dental dates. Whatever the case, if the decay is allowed to continue on unimpeded, it could seriously impact your oral health! If the dentist discovers a cavity, he will carefully remove the decay and replace it with a filling to prevent more decay from setting in. Nowadays, this process is quick, easy, and relatively pain free!