Hygiene Before a Dental Appointment

Hygiene Before a Dental Appointment

Posted by G. LARRY LEONAKIS on Feb 8 2021, 03:10 AM

As the famous quote goes, "Prevention is better than cure." A trip to your dentist for a routine dental checkup is a huge step for preventing any oral health issues in the future. If you wait until your oral issues worsen, then the dental restorations or other dental treatments might prove quite expensive. 

Along with regular dental hygiene habits at home, it is necessary to go for a routine dental visit. But there are also some very important hygiene steps you need to take care of before visiting your dentist.

Have a look at them:

Brushing Teeth Before the Dentist

If you are asking yourself that, "Should I brush my teeth before going to the dentist?" the answer is a definite yes. Do brush and floss your teeth the day you visit the dental office. 

Eating Before Going to the Dentist

The time when your appointment is set up will decide whether you should eat something before your visit or not. If you are someone with dental anxiety, then it would be better if you keep your stomach empty to avoid getting nauseous in the dentist's chair.

Proper Oral Care Techniques

We suggest our patients to practice a regular oral hygiene routine that primarily involves proper brushing and flossing techniques. Always make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, i.e., morning and night, and floss at least once before going to bed at night.

Do Not Smoke Before Dentist Appointment

You should never smoke at least a few hours before your dentist appointment. It is best to quit smoking, as cigarettes are full of harmful chemicals which can affect your teeth' enamel by making them wear down over time.

Dental Care for Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant, then you have to extra cautious because your senses are high during this period. It won't be possible for you to undergo dental procedures that involve the use of anesthesia as they can negatively harm your child. Talk and discuss with your dentist about the dental services you can receive while carrying.

If you are expecting to undergo some major surgery, your dentist might recommend you not to brush or floss your teeth on the day of your dental appointment. You should avoid eating anything for at least 12-24 hours before undergoing the procedure, which especially applies if you have dental anxiety.

Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (775) 882-0635 to consult with our dentist, Dr. Leonakis, and we will be happy to help.

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