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The Visiting Hours

Written by Rajandeep Singh

 

Preparing for a visit to your Dentist ?

Read on to know what to do and what not to do…

 

Going to a dentist is not like a car wash. You arrive, park yourself and the services start while you just lounge back and relax.

A lot goes into the preparation of the process before the actual visit to make the overall appointment a success for both the dentist and the patient at the same time.

On an average it is advisable to visit a health care center for the routine checkup at least once a year. However, with teeth, it’s better to go 3-4 times a year just to be sure. The tooth happens to be a commonly neglected and physically over utilized part of our body. Whether it is improper way of cleaning or opening a coke bottle in celebration, we use our teeth for all the random stuff we do. We tend to forget that the teeth grows back only once in your life and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

In order to make the most of your dentist’s appointment, there are certain dos and don’ts that you should definitely follow. Read on to know more…

Brushing before the visit: Yes, you can brush your teeth in the morning but visit your dentist after you eat. Dirty mouths can actually help. Sounds gross but works well.

 

 

 

Notes-to-self: Don’t just sit there. Take notes. Some people tend to go blank due to fear that is totally uncalled for, while others don’t give it much importance.
Trust your dentist, they hold a degree, you don’t.

 

 

Self-medication: don’t play a doctor at home. Get professional help at the right time. A sensitive tooth will end up being more sensitive or even worse develop pain or injury.

 

 

 

Dental devices and Appliances: Squeaky clean is what your dental appliances are crying out for. They too need a checkup and cleaning. Take them to the doctor with you.

 


Make it a healthy visit: Rules of patient engagement says “Go to a doctor when you are sick but visit a dentist only when you are healthy”.

About the author

Rajandeep Singh

Founder of KiviHealth , trying to democratise healthcare using automation and AI