Is your regularly-scheduled dental appointment fast approaching? Or maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in longer than you’d like to admit. Either way, it’s crucial that you show up prepared. Whether it’s been six months or six years, this checklist will help make sure your dental appointment goes as smoothly as possible.
Bring Your Insurance Card
When you check in at the front desk, you’ll likely be asked for your dental insurance card. This is especially important if your insurance has changed since your last visit. Make sure you have proof of insurance handy. If you happen to forget your card (or don’t have one for some reason), let the receptionist know. You may be able to call the office later and provide the insurance information over the phone.
Take Note of Your Medications
Your dentist will probably ask you if you’ve had any changes to your medications since your last appointment. Come prepared with the name and dosage of your medications, and share this information with the dental team. This is important in case you need any dental procedures that require other medications, such as anesthesia, that could interact with your prescriptions.
Notify Your Dentist of Health Changes
Did you know certain medical conditions can have a direct impact on your oral health? A few examples include diabetes, thyroid problems, eating disorders, and HIV/AIDS. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a health problem — even one not listed here — let your dentist know at your next appointment.
Make a Mental List of Oral Changes
Your dental hygienist and dentist will ask you about any changes to your teeth, gums, tongue and mouth since your last visit. This is the opportune time to share whether you have new or worsening:
- Pain and when it started
- Discomfort, it’s location and the level of severity
- Concerning signs or symptoms such as bleeding gums or sensitivity to hot/cold
Be Ready to Ask Questions
You and your dentist make a great team — one dedicated to promoting and preserving your oral health. Because your dentist is on your side, he or she wants to help you make the most of your oral health. Come to your appointment armed with questions that can help make your appointment and ongoing oral care better, such as:
- What am I doing right or wrong with my oral hygiene?
- What can I do to improve before my next appointment?
- What kind of repair work is needed for my teeth (if any) and what does it entail?
- How many visits does the repair work require (if any)?
- What does my insurance cover in terms of my appointment and any procedures needed?
When it comes to medical appointments, preparation can help set you up for greater success. Be proactive with your oral health. By coming prepared with the information noted above, you’ll be able to seamlessly mark your regularly-scheduled dental visit off your list.
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