Schedule a Dental Appointment, Beat the Holiday Rush

Cosmetic_DentistThe weeks before Thanksgiving are filled with planning—family arriving, house cleaning, cooking, baking, shopping. But don’t forget to make your dental appointment early. “You want to participate in all the holiday festivities,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “If you are planning ahead, for photos and videos of holiday get-togethers, you will want to have a bright, happy smile, and that may require planning ahead, too,” she adds.

As the year-end brings its crowded calendar, you aren’t alone in wanting to get your teeth taken care of. There’s a lot to be done, and planning early helps make sure you get to all the items on your to-do list. Whether it’s professional whitening, veneers, crowns, or a hygiene appointment to get your teeth super clean, the appointment should be set early enough to make sure the work is completed and you are comfortable with it.

Discovering a problem right before a holiday celebration is in no one’s plans. As the days get filled with events and parties, don’t put off that dental appointment to take care of a minor problem. You don’t want it to become a major problem during the holidays.

Planning ahead also helps you get the results you want. If you want your teeth whitened, for example, and your dentist discovers a tooth requiring a crown, you will want to get the whitening done first, so the crown can match the brighter teeth. That means setting priorities not only for your to-do list, but also for dental appointments.

“It’s smart to call for an appointment with your calendar open,” says Dr. Ford. “That way you will have an idea of when you have time for dental appointments as well as picking up family at the airport and shopping,” she adds.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, the website Know Your Teeth has a list of how to prepare for a visit to the dentist:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Avoid beverages with caffeine or sugar on the day of your visit
  • If your dental visit coincides with your mealtime, bring a healthy snack
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring a list of medications and vitamins (name and dosage)
  • Jot down questions, and bring them with you

Now is not too soon to grab your calendar and pick up the phone. The holidays look best with a bright smile!

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