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A Checklist for Your Next Dental Visit

Dental hygiene is fundamental for maintaining healthy teeth. While this includes an at-home regimen of brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash – individuals should also visit the dentist biannually for a routine examination and dental cleaning. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a general dentist is the only way to eliminate tough-to-remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and along your gum line.

When dental hygiene is neglected, individuals are more apt to develop tooth decay or gum disease. This can lead to costly restorative procedures, tooth loss, and even systemic health issues. In recent years, studies have proven that the health of your mouth and body are interconnected. When decay and gum disease are left untreated, they can negatively impact your physical health, resulting in diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. By taking care of your teeth, you can improve the health of your body.

Below is a simple checklist to follow for your upcoming visit and dental cleaning with your Grant Park general dentist. Since you only see your dentist every six months, by making this checklist, you can make the most of your appointment. When visiting general dentist Dr. Abby Lee, you can expect topnotch care in a family-friendly environment. To schedule your dental cleaning with our Atlanta, GA practice, please call our office today at 404.328.7177 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.

Make a List of Concerns

Before attending your appointment, make a list of questions or concerns you’d like addressed by your dentist. Don’t depend on your memory to remember these questions at the appointment. By writing them down, it will ensure they get answered. A good general dentist will take the time to visit with you about your concerns and offer solutions to improve your smile. In addition to examinations and cleanings, we offer a wide range of services, including cosmetic dentistry treatments, restorations, oral devices for sleep apnea, and gum disease treatments.

Communicate Any Health Concerns or Changes

If any health changes have occurred since your last visit with the dentist, it’s also important to mention these during your visit. This can include new medications, the diagnosis of a medical condition, or new symptoms, such as bleeding gums, dry mouth, or dental pain. While x-rays and an examination will reveal underlying issues, when the general dentist is aware of your symptoms, they will be able to provide the necessary treatment to alleviate any discomfort.

Bring Vital Documents

Don’t forget to take your insurance information, photo identification, wallet, and any other pertinent information with you to your appointment. It’s also important that you bring any oral devices, such as night guards or retainers with you so the general dentist can check that they are still functioning properly.

Plan Your Visit to Fit Your Schedule

Life is already hectic with work, school, and activities. Plan your visit during a timeframe that will fit conveniently with your schedule. A poorly scheduled dental visit can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety, or result in a cancellation.

Brush Your Teeth

Before your appointment, be sure and brush and floss your teeth. Although it may seem pointless since you’re about to have your teeth cleaned, it will create a fresh palate and allow the hygienist and doctor to identify any dental hygiene techniques that need to be adjusted.

Schedule Your Office Visit

Maintaining good dental hygiene can extend the longevity of your teeth and keep your breath fresh. At Smiles 4 Grant Park, we look forward to providing you the care that you deserve so you can keep your smile healthy and bright. Call Grant Park general dentist Dr. Lee at our Atlanta, GA office today at 404.328.7177 or simply fill out our online form.

 

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