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Things you Must Know Prior to Seeing a Dentist

Visiting the dental office can be a bit stressful if you don’t know what to expect when you arrive with your kids. Remember that it doesn’t have to be that way. Most people feel like the only reason why they go the dentist is because they feel obligated by it. After speaking with some dentists in Allentown, PA, including, Iin order to seeing a dentist in an interesting and fun scenario, you must know these things first:

1.    Find a dentist who will ideally fit with you and your family. You can’t afford to go to someone who you realize is not friendly and accommodating, much worse someone who isn’t qualified or licensed. Therefore, prior to seeing a dentist, you will want to ask for friendly recommendations and do some research online. Also, you don’t just go straight to the dental office. Instead, you have to call ahead and if possible, ask that you can speak with the dentist.

2.    Collect any prior dental records you have. This includes x-rays, insurance, and other papers pertaining to your medical history that may have something to do with your oral health. If you are taking your child for his first appointment, try to convince him to hand his records to the dentist himself. This will encourage him to be comfortable and confident all throughout the process.

3.    Before you go to the dentist, try to figure out if the drinking water you consume at home contains fluoride. Knowing this saves you time because you will eventually be asked by the dentist. The doctor usually recommends using fluoride mouth rinse especially for kids, along with regular brushing and flossing of course.

4.    Prepare and write down the questions you intend to ask. This is very important so that you won’t forget the important ones the moment you arrive for your appointment. But of course, those questions will become the barometer in determining if the dentist is the right one for your family. If he can’t answer most of your questions, it may well be practical to look for someone else.

5.    Talk to your kids before you all go for the dentist appointment. By talking to them, they will be mentally set and they’ll get some ideas on what to expect during their first visit. In fact, you can even describe or illustrate to them how their teeth will be cleaned and what sort of things will be done. If you can do this, you are effectively helping them get rid of the nervousness in them.

6.    Encourage full disclosure. This aspect is very important especially if you have a dentist and a dental hygienist. It becomes very helpful for both of them to know about any health problems you have and any procedure you went through with either of them.

7.    Of course, don’t forget to schedule your next appointment once the first one is done. Keep in mind that you will be visiting the same dentist (provided you are satisfied with their service) for basically your entire life. But you’re not the only one on the client list. Your next appointment has to be scheduled and you can’t skip even one of them.