When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you’re like a lot of people, you know that dental health is important but the idea of making a dental appointment makes you feel anxious. Don’t worry, we will provide you with a few simple steps you can take to help you work up the courage to go to the dentist.
Remember, it’s recommended that you see a dentist twice a year. If you do this, your dentist can catch minor issues before they become major problems, which is better for both your oral and overall health. That’s not the only reason it’s good to see a dentist regularly, though. When you have regular dental appointments, you will become familiar with your dental group. The dentists and dental hygienists will know who you are and be familiar with your history, and their faces and practices will be familiar to you. The more you go, the less anxious you’ll feel about going.
Every day, we meet patients who haven’t been to the dentist in a while. There are a lot of good reasons a person hasn’t made it to the dentist, so don’t be embarrassed.
Now, back to that first crucial step of making your first appointment. Where do you even start? Begin with some research about the office and dentists there.
It’s scary to not know anything about your dentist, or even what they look like, before making an appointment. That’s why we have a dedicated Meet Our Doctors page on our website. Each dentist has their own page that shows what they look like, their experience, and even a little bit of personal information.
Look for what the different dentists’ outside activities are. Maybe you are both Patriots fans, or you both enjoy learning new recipes to share with friends and family. You never know what you may have in common with someone, until you learn more about them, and your dentist is no different! They’re people too, and they also want to create a meaningful relationship with you as well.
A big plus is if the dentist you’re reading about teaches or does charitable work. These activities both say a lot about what a person is like at their core. Our dentists at Belmont Dental Group are dedicated to helping not only our patients, but our larger community. Some teach, because they want to help mold and inform the next generation of dentists. Some travel on missions to less fortunate communities, where they are able to help provide dental care to those who may otherwise not have access to it. You want a dentist who is not only well-educated and skillful, but also caring and empathetic.
On each dentist’s page, you get to read about who they are and what they value. This allows you to go into your appointment knowing more than just their name, which is the first step in building a long lasting relationship.
Now that you’ve learned about who you might see at the office, it’s time to take a deep breath, and give our office a call. Whether it be for a routine appointment, or dental work suggested by one of our dentists, our front office staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling your appointment.
And remember, at Belmont Dental Group, we welcome questions from our patients. We encourage open communication, because we want our patients to be able to make informed decisions about their dental health. We’ll be candid with you about your options and work hard to make your appointments comfortable and successful. Because we believe you should be fully in charge of your dental health, we’ll always happily provide you with the information you need and help you make decisions that are in your own best interests.
If you’re looking for a dental practice committed to providing gentle, painless dental care, Belmont Dental Group is ready to meet you! We cover all kinds of dental care, from teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry to emergency care, and we believe in helping our patients be partners in their own dental health. Call us today at (617) 484-2431 or contact us through our website so we can help you with your beautiful smile!