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First Time to a Dentist? 8 Things to Consider

Maybe you've avoided the dentist for years, or perhaps you have simply never gone. You're not alone! According to the ADA, 42% of Americans do not see a dentist as often as they would like. Don't stress--Whether you're going for a dental bridge, braces, emergency oral surgery or even just your first teeth cleaning, we have some tips on how to prepare and what to do before you leave your dental office!

What to bring to your dental appointment:

1. A detailed list of over-the-counter and prescription medications you take.
This includes prescription drugs as well as vitamins or herbal supplements. Make it as specific as you can: The more information you give your dentist, the better they can tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs.

2. Your driver's license or other photo I.D.
When you check in, you may be asked to show a photo I.D. to prove your identity.

3. Insurance, Medicare or Medicaid card(s)
Prior to your procedure(s) or checkup, make sure to check your insurance policy or talk to your agent about co-pays so you can have an idea of what will be covered and what is not covered by insurance.

4. A list of any symptoms or problems you're having

Bring a list of symptoms along with copies of any diagnostic reports, tests, and surgical reports.

5. Major life changes
Share them to provide your dentist with a complete picture of your current lifestyle. Examples of major life changes would be: you had a child, you quit (or started) smoking, etc. 

Before you leave the dentist:

6. Gather Information
Make sure you have complete details about any tests or medications that have been ordered for you.

7. Ask when you need to return for a follow-up visit
If possible, schedule the follow-up while you're in the office.

8. Get Contact Information
Ask the dental assistant or receptionist who you can contact if you have any complications or questions after the appointment. Write down their contact information so you have it on hand for the days following your visit.

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Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Again, speak to your doctor before using any form of medication- prescription or nonprescription drugs.