There are many reasons why people may avoid the dentist. Maybe their insurance does not cover it, maybe they are scared, or maybe they believe brushing and flossing is simply enough. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re looking to schedule a dental appointment after missing your regular checkup, there are a few things you should expect on your first visit back.
Before we dive in, it is important to be upfront and honest about the last time you visited the dentist; it means you will get a more accurate picture of how long the appointment is going to take and what kind of procedures may be necessary.
If you have not had a dental checkup or cleaning in quite some time, you may not be used to the periodontal probes scraping plaque in between your teeth and around your gums. Naturally, this is not the most comfortable feeling, but it is necessary to remove built-up plaque and keep the teeth and gums clean after missing multiple regularly scheduled cleanings.
Unless you have been extremely diligent about your dental habits between your dentist visits, you will likely experience gum bleeding. Without the proper care for your teeth, your gums become more sensitive to pressure and, therefore, may bleed when finally cleaned properly. Not to worry, though, as your teeth and gum become healthier, you will notice the bleeding usually subsides after a couple of visits.
After not seeing a dentist for an extended period of time, your dental professionals will want to do a thorough examination to assess your current oral health status. X-Rays are an integral part of the examination and diagnostic process for your dental care provider. X-rays do not hurt and are typically quick, as long as patients are able to remain still during the process. Your dentist will usually be able to see if there are any signs of disease or damage to your teeth or gums and advise you on a recommended treatment plan. X-rays are part of annual oral health care, so don’t be alarmed if you have x-rays taken at least once per year or as a new patient at Roseland Family Dental.
Because there may need to be a deep cleaning and thorough inspection of your mouth, you should prepare for the reality that you may need to return to the dentist after the initial appointment and treatment plan. Sometimes, your cleaning appointment can even run over several appointments, as the hygienist may need additional time to finish the job.
Remember, do not be embarrassed! The dentists at Roseland Family Dental have seen thousands of mouths in all sorts of conditions. The dentist is here to help you out; we may have some pointers for future brushing but we are not here to judge you.
As a good rule of thumb, it is a good idea to get a cleaning twice yearly or once every six months. This fosters a healthy mouth and healthy rest of your body.
Regardless of how long ago your last dental checkup was, call to book your next or first appointment with Roseland Family Dental.