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Make The Most of Your Oral Health and Dentist Visit (Senior Health)

Jun 15, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona

Has it been a while since you’ve been to the dentist? Or, if you’re good about making that appointment every 6 months, do you feel like you could be getting more out of your visits?

Here are some tips for rocking your next dental appointment:

Preparing For Your Dentist Appointment

Going to an appointment should almost be like preparing for an interview, in a way. Come prepared with any concerns or questions you have, and also have answers to potential questions they might ask, such as your:

  • Medications you’re currently on
  • Allergies
  • Medical conditions
  • Past surgeries or health problems
  • Dental history

Having all of this prepared beforehand will help to make paperwork a breeze and get you into the dentist chair much quicker.

Schedule Your Appointment in Advance

When leaving the dentist’s office, don’t forget to schedule your next appointment. This way, it is set in stone, and you’ll get into the habit of being sure to come in every 6 months.

Additionally, dental appointments tend to book up months in advance, so scheduling it then and there will ensure your spot for next time.

Follow Their Recommendations at Home

For people with healthy mouths, after the dentist, they typically just go home and continue on with their normal oral health routine until their next appointment.

For people with dental problems, however, the at-home portion of their oral care may be more complex. Your dentist may give you recommendations on changes to make in your oral health routine, you may need to take certain medications, use certain equipment, make changes in your diet, so on and so forth.

Listen to their advice. If you go to them seeking help or to ensure you’re keeping up with your oral health, what good would it do you to ignore their recommendations? What you do at home is actually more important than those two dentist appointments you have a year, as bad habits can build up over time and worsen your teeth.

How To Find A Good Dentist

For starters, to go see the dentist, you need to find one! If you are no longer regularly seeing one, there are some ways to find one that matches your health and financial needs.

Start by talking to your doctor about recommendations they have. Some dentists may be more experienced with senior oral care, which is something you’d definitely be interested in. Also consult family and friends about any recommendations.

To check out dentists in your area, look at this ADA Dentist Locator.

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