Many patients who are considering receiving any form of treatment, whether this be cosmetic, general, restorative, or preventive, may not know how to start their treatment journey. Although the process may differ greatly depending on the dental clinic itself, every dentist should have contact details located on their website, meaning patients can phone, or even email to ask about any potential treatment they wish to receive.
Booking an appointment online
Within the world of modern dentistry there are constant advancements to enhance the dental experience for patients, ensuring their convenience is the priority. Located on many modern dental clinic websites there is now the option for patients to book their appointments online, selecting the issue they have, and the exact time slot they desire. An ability to book appointments online can help patients with busy work and social schedules massively, allowing them to visit their local clinic, on their terms.
Why may some patients miss their scheduled dental check-up?
Many patients may be reluctant to attend their dental check-up, which should be every six months, due to dental anxiety (a dental phobia which may be triggered by negative childhood experiences), or due to financial concerns. Despite the National Health Service offering free dental care to all individuals under eighteen years of age (or patients in full time education), some adults may still be reluctant to pay the discounted NHS banded prices.
Aside from financial aspects, some patients may feel as if they are too busy to attend their dental appointment, however (as previously mentioned) an online booking system can make this easier for many. In addition to nerves, busy schedules, or even money concerns, some patients may feel as if they maintain a good standard of oral hygiene, and therefore do not require a dental appointment.
The importance of a dental check-up
Many patients may feel as if their dental hygiene routine is sufficient, and therefore do not require the advice of a dental healthcare professional. Despite patients brushing regularly, many individuals may still suffer from a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can be removed by a scale and polish. Not only can a scale and polish be administered, (a rigorous cleaning treatment of the surface of the teeth, the back of the teeth, and the gum line), but also several dental assessments.
What to expect from a dental check-up appointment
Nervous patients may feel better knowing what to expect from a dental check-up, luckily there are several standard dental procedures which are administered to almost every patient. Firstly, patients may be asked about any lifestyle factors which may have changed since their last visit such as in the use of alcohol, smoking, or certain medications, as well as giving oral assessments. During a dental examination, any cavities are looked for, and the mouth checked for any abrasions of the gums, as well as symptoms of oral diseases and infections (such as gum disease). Oral cancer screenings may also be administered, this allows further treatment plans to be arranged, so that patients can have continued peace of mind.