5 Steps to Take Before a Teeth Cleaning

You know that regular check-ups and preventive care are essential for your oral health. So, you've scheduled your next appointment for your dental cleaning and oral exam in Bluffton with your dentist at Buckwalter Dental Care. It's a routine visit so you think that you don't need to do anything in particular before the appointment. 

But, is that correct? 

Although routine dental cleanings are usually straightforward, a bit of preparation can actually make the experience better and smoother. 

So, here's what you should do before teeth cleaning. 

How to Prepare for a Teeth Cleaning Appointment 

These are some of the steps you should take before teeth cleaning: 

  • Clean Your Teeth Before the Appointment 

Brush, floss, and rinse your teeth before the appointment. This way, you will not only make it easier for the dentist to remove the plaque and tartar, but they can also assess how well you are brushing at home. If the dentist notices that you aren't cleaning your teeth too well, they can show you some proper techniques and you can practice together during the appointment. 

  • Prepare a List of Questions 

Try to think of any questions you want to ask your dentist and write them down. Maybe you've noticed a cold sensitivity and would like to know if there's an issue that needs more investigation. Or maybe you want to learn about the best type of toothbrush or a particular type of mouthwash. 

Write all of your questions on a piece of paper or your phone so you don't forget anything important. 

  • Eat a Healthy Meal

You don't have to skip your meal before your dental cleaning. However, try to avoid sticky foods or refined carbs, such as bread or pasta that tend to stick to your teeth and are harder to clean. Opt for a healthy salad, soup, or fish. Of course, don't forget to brush and floss your teeth after. 

  • Try to Arrive At Least 10 Minutes Early 

This is especially important if you are visiting a new dental office. Since you are new here, they may ask you to fill out some forms and paperwork and that can take a few minutes. 

Even if you've been to that practice before, it's still best to arrive a few minutes early in case you need to update the staff about any changes in your health, insurance policy, and so on. 

  • Let Them Know If You Have Dental Anxiety

Make sure to let the staff know beforehand if you have dental anxiety. This way, the dentist can teach you a few relaxing techniques that can help you overcome your fear. You can even discuss sedation options with the dentist if your anxiety is so intense that it's preventing you from receiving the treatment. 

Schedule Your Next Appointment with Buckwalter Dental Care

If you are looking for an experienced, professional, and compassionate team, then the Bluffton dentists at Buckwalter Dental Care are here to help you. 

Get in touch now to schedule your appointment or learn more about our services. 

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