Dentists often get a bad rap for being scary, especially among kids. It’s easy to become intimidated by the tools and high-tech equipment. But we know it’s not the only thing that’s keeping you from booking that much-needed appointment. One word: pandemic.
And you probably decided not to let anyone go near your mouth until pandemic’s over, but trust us—you need it. Dental conditions, if not prevented or treated, can negatively affect your systemic health. Besides, clinics make sure to practice double sanitation and observe safety protocols. It’s mandatory for dentists and nurses to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) before performing any procedure.
So if you’ve been skipping your dental appointments, here’s a reminder on what procedures you need to book ASAP.
It’s recommended to get oral prophylaxis or teeth cleaning twice a year. This removes any tartar and plaque buildup to maintain teeth and gum health.
Do you feel like you have holes in your teeth? That might be caused by dental cavities, or because you accidentally cracked them. Whatever the cause, it’s important to get fillings to prevent further problems. Citydent Dental Specialty Center has a restoration service where patients can get teeth fillings. These usually last for years to keep your teeth healthy, but always keep an eye on future cavities or cracks.
Just like dental cleaning, check-ups should be done every six months, unless your dentist tells you otherwise. These are important so you’d know more about your general dental health and if you need to get some procedures done in the future (e.g. wisdom tooth removal). If you have an HMO provider, you can get a dental check-up during your annual physical exam. If not, you can schedule an appointment with your regular dentist.
Bonus: Where to get meds
Let’s say you got your teeth pulled—your dentist will most likely write you a prescription for painkillers and antibiotics (to prevent infections). So after the clinic, go straight to a pharmacy to get the meds you need. Rose Pharmacy, for example, is open for in-person and online purchase of prescription drugs. You can also check out its e-catalogue so you can make a list before buying.