It is an age old established adage that A healthy mouth is a mirror to your overall general health.
People who visit the dentist at least once a year are 22 percent more likely to report that their overall well-being including their physical and emotional health, is as good or better than those who seldom visit the dentist, according to the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey.
Hence, it is imperative that you visit your dentist regularly to take care of your dental health.
Here are a few pointers on what to expect from your first dental visit:
- Your dentist will first collect a comprehensive dental as well as medical history. If your health status changes during follow up visits, it is best to keep your dentist in the know, as most diseases have a dental manifestation and the dental treatment plan may differ according to your general health.
- Next, the dentist will perform a thorough dental examination, and if no emergency treatment is needed, he will develop a logical and systematic treatment plan for your complete dental health.
- Sometimes a dental X-ray may be advised and a radiological examination be performed, which will also serve as an important diagnostic tool.
- Initial dental prophylactic treatment known as scaling may be undertaken during the first visit.
So do away with your fear of visiting a dentist and take that first step towards better oral health!