It’s that time of year that comes around every six months. You know it’s something that must be done, even if you aren’t looking forward to it. After all, this visit seems a little pointless, as this is something you do (or should do) yourself every day. Still, you have begrudgingly dragged yourself to the dentist’s office for your six-month checkup.
Good for you! Regularly visiting your dental hygienist is an essential part of taking care of your dental health. Believe it or not, but these people are here to help you, not hurt you. For them to best help you, here are five things you shouldn’t do at a dental appointment.
Tell Them How Much You Hate Them
Dental hygienists are just like you: normal people who work hard every day to make a living. They likely entered this profession to help people, but occasionally their job can cause pain. This is not their fault. They are doing their jobs to the best of their ability. Their job is also to alleviate pain! Don’t make comments about how terrible dentists are unless you have a legitimate complaint.
Show Up Right After a Meal Without Brushing
Sure, regular checkups do involve a deep cleaning, but it is not your hygienist’s job to pick leftovers out of your teeth from the sub sandwich you had for lunch. If anything, this elongates your appointment, which isn’t fun for you. Even if you didn’t just eat, you’ll benefit from a thorough brushing and flossing session before your appointment.
Lie About Flossing
Rather than lying to save face, just floss regularly! Dentists don’t nag about this because it’s fun; it is actually bad for your teeth and gums not to floss. This process rids decay-causing bacteria from between your teeth. Unless you want a meeting with the dental drill, use dental floss regularly.
Lie About Medical History
Your dentist does not want to bring you any harm; therefore it is crucial that you disclose your medical history, allergies, and medications you take. This might impact the course of action your dentist takes to keep your mouth healthy. It may be necessary for them to avoid specific procedures or substances that might cause a harmful reaction.
Procedures such as fluoride or X-rays can cause discomfort, but they will not harm you. In fact, they can only benefit you. If a procedure were harmful to your health, dentists would not perform them. A few moments of discomfort might alleviate any future pain down the road caused by tooth decay.
Remember, your dental hygienist is there to help you, not harm you.