November 30, 2023
Good etiquette and preparation go a long way in ensuring a positive experience during routine dental visits. Dentists make time for you during their day when you set an appointment, and they are professional people by nature. However, some patient habits can cause them stress and make it harder to complete your checkup.
If you want to avoid stress for you and your dentist, continue reading. Below are five habits you should establish to make checkups a breeze.
1. Arrive on Time
Arriving on time or a few minutes early for your appointment. This not only shows respect for your dentist’s time but also allows for smoother check-in. If possible, bring the necessary paperwork or insurance information to streamline the administration process.
2. Communicate Frequently
If you’re going to be late, if you have concerns about treatment, or if you need accommodations, communicate! The faster you convey your needs, the more time the office and your dentist have to prepare for your visit.
This also allows time for adjustments to be made in scheduling if your late arrival would cause an issue.
3. Follow Dentist Recommendations
If your dentist makes specific recommendations for your care, such as using a particular toothbrush or mouthwash, follow the guidelines. Few things can be more stressful to someone trying to help you than to ignore their advice.
Following instructions not only supports your oral health between visits but also demonstrates your commitment to proactive care. That alone can make your dentist’s day!
4. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Regular brushing and flossing not only contribute to better oral health but also make your dentist’s job easier during checkups. A clean and well-maintained mouth allows for a more efficient exam. This will enable your dentist to focus on specific areas that may need attention instead of going over basic hygiene.
5. Express Gratitude
A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Expressing gratitude to your dentist and the dental staff creates a positive experience for everyone. It’s no secret that most people would rather work with someone pleasant instead of someone grumpy or uncooperative.
By practicing these patient habits, you will create a reputation for bringing smiles when you walk into your dentist’s office. You will also find that you are less stressed about going in regularly when you are prepared and courteous. If you want some practical experience, schedule your next dentist appointment today, and remember your manners!
About the Author
Dr. Ronan Freyne believes in the power of a great smile. He works tirelessly to provide a comfortable environment for his patients to deliver high-quality dental care. Dr. Freyne graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Since then, he has focused on forming close relationships with his clients and increasing his education to better serve them. To schedule an appointment at Ronan Freyne, DMD, call (301) 986-0700 or visit the website to explore the services he provides.
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