If you have never been to the dentist, you probably have a lot of questions, and even some concerns. It is important to understand what visiting the dentist entails as it will alleviate any anxieties and you will soon realize it is an experience that is as normal as going to a medical physician. You will soon realize it is actually a pretty pleasant experience and you will probably wonder why you even had any concerns.
When you check in with the receptionist, there will be standard forms that you will have to fill out about your health history and if you have been to a dentist before. Make sure you tell them about allergies and any drug allergies. If you have been to a dentist in the past, the new dental office will likely make a request from the old dental clinic for such dental records as your x-rays.
The comprehensive oral exam is performed to asses your oral health status. As well, your personal information will remain completely confidential in accordance with government laws. An examination may include: digital x-rays, assessing how well you practice dental care techniques at home such as flossing and brushing your teeth, an assessment of dental restorations to make sure they are properly fit, aesthetics and teeth function check, blood pressure check, assessment of chewing and bite patterns, measuring the depth of periodontal pockets, checking for gum disease and gingivitis, screening for oral cancer, and checking for loose fillings, infection, broken teeth, and cavities.
An oral examination may also include checking your gums, teeth, lips, tongue, cheeks, salivary glands, jaw joints, and jaw muscles. The information collected from this examination will allow the dentist to identify any problems and explain procedures involved with fixing any problems. For intensive treatments, you will be given a treatment plan as well as cost estimation. If you have dental insurance, make sure you tell the receptionist.
The comprehensive exam during your first visit is a chance to get to know your dentist and ask questions. Once the examination is complete, the dentist will provide an explanation about the state of your oral health and even show you the digital x-rays. If there are areas of concerns, the dentist will offer different options to address them. If you have any dental priorities such as bleeding gums that are getting worse, or you are interested in a teeth whitening procedure, you should tell your dentist.
There are a lot of misconceptions about going to the dentist. It is actually a pretty normal experience, almost like going to a general family physician. The purpose of your first visit is to get to know your dentist and have a comprehensive oral exam performed by the dentist. It is a completely painless experience. If you want, you will then make an appointment for any dental work you need done such as cleaning the teeth or getting a filling. Hopefully by the end of your first dentist visit, you will feel good about your experience.