Can we let you in on a secret? We get it — we understand. Nobody likes to see the dentist. Many people put it off. It’s easy to let your oral health get away from you. It happens. We don’t judge. Honestly, we just want to help.
But you want to know the good news? If you’re not happy with your dental health, there’s plenty you can do about it. But where do you begin? Start from the top. Here’s our 5 step dental rehab plan to get back on track to great dental health. You can do this. We believe in you.
Call Us. Schedule an Appointment.
The first thing you need to do is call us if we haven’t seen you for a while. Let’s get you in for a checkup. We can survey the damage and come up with a comprehensive plan. We’ll also do a cleaning to remove any built up plaque. If the plaque is extensive and you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, we may even schedule a deep cleaning. This gets deep into the gums to remove plaque and build up debris. It can dramatically lower your risk of gum disease and cavities.
Formulate a Game Plan.
We’ll help you make a game plan — a list of work you need to get done in order of priority. If you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, that list may be extensive. Some people are blessed with great teeth and don’t have many issues even if they haven’t seen a dentist. Most, however, will have at least some issues. You may need to brace yourself. But it’s okay. The important thing is you are addressing the problem. You’ve taken a great first step. We’re proud of you.
Take Your Insurance to the Bank.
If you have dental insurance, we’ll sit down with you to see what’s covered and how much. Most plans will include a certain amount of money for coverage every year. If you have extensive issues, we’ll strategize a plan that maximizes your insurance and prioritizes work accordingly. Let’s put those benefits to work for you.
Tackle a Brushing/Flossing Plan.
It’s easy to let brushing and flossing fall to the wayside. You’re too tired one night to brush or floss, so you just go to bed. Then that one night turns into half your week or every single night. It’s easy to let it get away from you.
Start using a brushing app. This way you have a record of when you brushed. So if you haven’t brushed all week, you’ll know, and the guilt can do its work.
Brush before you settle down at night — yes before you put on that final TV show and settle into the couch. This way it will be out of the way. When you feel tired you can crash and know your teeth are properly brushed.
Make flossing a regular part of your routine. Floss in the shower every morning while you’re waiting for your conditioner to set. If you work in a closed door office, floss right after lunch.
Be sure to follow through on whatever plan you come up with. Schedule regular dental appointments and keep track of your progress. Make brushing and flossing a priority. Keep a checklist of all dental work that needs to be done and congratulate yourself on your progress.