Is your annual visit to the dentist coming up in the next few days? Whether you are looking forward to it or not, below are some of the things you should not be doing before that oral checkup:
Do not try to make up for the brushing and flossing you did not do – this might seem like something very irrational to point out, but the truth is that this a behaviour many adults and children likewise exhibit. The basic premise is that most people simply do not brush their teeth or floss as much as their dentists advise them to, and in the few days or weeks leading up to their visit to the dental clinic, they furiously brush or floss in an effort to make up for the ‘lost effort’. The thing is, oral hygiene simply does not work like that, and the worst part about this is that you seriously risk injuring your teeth and gums by rubbing or brushing too hard (in a process that has been termed as whaling). Your dentist will know if your oral hygiene habits are poor anyway, and you really do not need to risk an infection for it.
Do not lie to your dentist – if you have not heard about it before, lying to your doctor is not a smart move. You can get prescribed with medications you do not need, and a wrong diagnosis can easily end badly for you. Whilst it is indeed hard to fool the doctor with your lies, it is still a good idea to be as truthful as possible when your dentist asks you if you have been taking good care of your tooth implants. Likewise, if you noticed anything amiss recently, make sure to discuss that with your dentist – withholding important information is also not a smart move.
Do not let your anxiety (or your kid’s anxiety) get the best of you – dental appointments are mandatory for a reason; they must be taken yearly for a reason. While it is somewhat understandable why booking an appointment with a dentist Albert Park might not be something you very happily look forward to, it is not acceptable to forego your dental appointments based solely on your dental anxiety. This is especially true when it comes to your children: do not let their fear get the best of them. Make it a rule to somehow schedule a visit to the dentist at least once every year (more frequently is of course welcome!), because you won’t regret it when your dentist finds some issue early on, especially if that is something like a tumour.