Popular dental guidelines for years now have suggested that healthy children and adults benefit the most from twice a year visits to their general dentist. The American Dental Association recommends that patients lean on their dentists’ discretion on the frequency of visits simply because each person is different and may have different dental care needs. While aging adults may need to be more vigilant about the health of their gums, children need to be closely monitored for cavities and tooth development issues.
Regardless of the age of the patient, these are some suggestions that have been proven to help out with general dentist anxiety and encourage a smooth dental visit:
Do not come to the dentist hungry. What we have found at New Beginnings Dental Center, especially in our child patients, is that if a patient has not eaten before they come to see us then they are more likely to be uncomfortable or irritable. There may be situations in which your dentist will ask you not to eat before coming in, but they will let you know if that is the case.
Speaking of comfortable, when possible we find that dental visits go better when the patient is dressed comfortably. Seems like such a small factor, but it can really make a difference, particularly if the dental visit ends up lasting longer than the patient was expecting it to.
Timing is everything. If the patient is very young, a general dental visit scheduled during nap time is not a good idea. Likewise, if the patient is an adult they need to be sure that they do not schedule a general dentist appointment on a day filled with a lot of activity or short timeframes. Giving yourself as much time as you can for your dental visit is best, even if it is just a routine dental cleaning.
Calm your nerves. Going to the dentist can cause anxiety in people of all ages. At New Beginnings Dental Center, we want you to be at peace when you see us. We certainly do not mean for you to be nervous. We are here for you and your oral health. Some ways to calm the nerves of adults and children when coming in for a general dentist appointment are to listen to a favorite type of music, read a calming book, meditate, breathe deeply, and repeat positive words of encouragement. We promise you will be okay.
If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, we want to encourage you to give New Beginnings Dental Center a call today at (910) 483-0409.