It’s early in the year, so you feel motivated and confident that you can still make the changes necessary to improve your oral health. This is why you’ve taken the huge step of scheduling an initial visit to your dentist in Framingham. But you have some reservations, simply because you don’t know what will happen. Thankfully, your local professional will weigh in with a rundown of what to expect when you attend your first appointment for preventive dentistry.
What Happens at Your First Appointment?
- Paperwork – It’s usually a good idea to arrive about 15 minutes early for your first visit so that you can fill out any necessary paperwork.
- Medical History – When you meet your dental hygienist for the first time, you will discuss your medical history. It’s important to be candid so that your dentist and hygienist can provide the safest and most effective care.
- X-Rays – Depending on your age, risks of disease and symptoms, your dentist may recommend X-Rays. These are also important so that your she can have another way to monitor your oral health over a period of time.
- Cleaning – The hygienist will then provide you with a thorough cleaning that removes built-up plaque and tartar.
- Oral Examination by the Hygienist – After cleaning your teeth, your hygienist will then perform a thorough examination. This will allow him or her to identify any issues like gum disease, sores, halitosis or other issues that need to be addressed.
- Examination by the Dentist – Your dentist will also conduct an examination, looking for signs of oral cancer, jaw misalignment and other problems.
- Final Consultation – When everything is done, your dentist will sit down and review all of her findings with you, and the two of you will work to develop a course of action for any issues that need to be addressed.
How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
Typically, you should visit your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and examinations. However, if there are issues found during your appointment like signs of gingivitis or other issues, you may need to return for treatment. In addition, you may also need to visit more frequently thereafter so that your dentist can monitor your progress.
So now you know what to expect at your first trip to the dentist. You should begin congratulating yourself now, because you are taking a bold step that will not only positively impact your oral health, but also your total wellness.
If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Adelina Duka earned her DMD degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She then went on to obtain her DDS degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest. In addition, she has authored and co-authored a multitude of scientific journals and has presented her work in a number of conferences and symposiums. Affiliated with several professional organizations, Dr. Duka practices at Framingham Family Dental Care and can be reached for more information through her website.