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If it's been quite a while since you've had your last dental checkup, don't worry! It is understandable that you can sometimes be too busy to think about it. If you're coming back for a checkup, however, chances are that you've been experiencing a dental problem, or you just remembered to have a checkup again. At the same time, you might feel a little embarrassed and shy because you've been neglecting your teeth.

If you want to better prepare yourself for a routine dental checkup, here are four tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep calm

When you haven't visited the dentist for a while and are about to do so, chances are that you might feel a little nervous, which is totally normal. However, we highly recommend that you do your best to stay calm and relax during the procedure.

Additionally, when you're relaxed, not only can you enjoy the procedure more, but you'll also be able to communicate with the dentist about the problem you might be experiencing. As a result, you get better treatment and an overall successful dental checkup.

2. Tell everything

If you're meeting a new dentist, letting them know of your medical history is vital so that they'll be able to know what you're allergic to, if any. That way, the dentist won't utilize a treatment or procedure that might cause you to have an allergic reaction. Second, they'll also get to learn what makes you feel anxious, such as needles or perhaps the sound of drilling.

Once your dentist knows of all these things, they will be able to carry out a procedure that you enjoy so much more.

3. Make the visit

Perhaps the most important tip to keep in mind when going to the appointment is actually going to it. After all, once you plan to meet your dentist for a dental checkup, you shouldn't ignore it and forget to go for a checkup for the next few months or years.

Because of this, when you do schedule a meeting, ensure that it is on a day and time that will be best for you. Be sure to set up reminders as well, such as alarms and notes, to ensure that you won’t forget about the appointment you scheduled.

4. Prepare for future visits

After your first dental checkup is over, depending on the dentist, you might have one scheduled for a follow-up procedure. Whatever the case may be, always expect to come back again.

This is important because not only does it allow the dentist to address a problem on the next visit thoroughly, but regular meetings like these will keep your teeth maintained and in perfect condition for as long as possible.


With the tips we've shared with you, we hope that you feel more prepared and perhaps a little braver when it comes to visiting your dentist after some time! After all, it is an essential practice to do, as your teeth will need all the love and care they can get. That way, you can continue enjoying eating your favorite food items and showing your best smile without worrying about bleeding gums or about taking a sip of cold drink.

Need to set up a routine dental checkup in Ann Harbor or Ypsilanti? We're here for you! Book an appointment with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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