Have you gotten your second dental checkup yet? If not, you’re not alone. While the American Dental Association recommends getting regular checkups and cleanings every six months, many of us go much longer between visits. However, these quick and easy appointments are essential for spotting and stopping oral health issues as early as possible, which can potentially save you a tremendous amount of time, money, and hassle! Take charge of your oral health today with these three simple tips for making and keeping dental appointments.
Tip #1: Make Your Next Appointment Before You Leave the Office
One of the easiest ways to remember to schedule your next dental checkup is to do so while you’re already at the office! Before you leave, stop by the front desk and get your next checkup set up and on the books. This way, you won’t have to remember to do so later. Even if you’re not sure what your schedule will look like in six months, go ahead and schedule it anyways. It’s better to reschedule later if a more pressing engagement comes up than to forget to go altogether!
Tip #2: Make Your Appointment As Soon As You Think About It
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and don’t have an upcoming checkup on the books, the first tip may not work for you. Instead, call your dentist and schedule your next appointment as soon as you think of it. Many people know they need to visit their dentist but put off making an appointment because they’re embarrassed, they don’t want to go, or don’t want to spend time to do so. However, none of these should keep you from getting the healthy smile you deserve! It will only take a few minutes to call your dentist and get an appointment set up, so do it as soon as you think of it, before you can come up with an excuse not to!
Tip #3: Set Reminders In Whatever Way Works Best for You
Six months is a long time between appointments, so it can be easy to forget when you have one coming up. Unfortunately, this could lead to conflicting appointments or events that cause you to cancel or postpone your appointment! Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can help remind yourself when an appointment is coming up, like:
- Get a planner or calendar where you write down all your appointments, events, and obligations, and record when your upcoming dental checkup is so you can keep that space free while planning other future events.
- Set an alert on your phone to remind you a few weeks before your appointment.
- Write yourself a note about when your future appointment will be and keep it somewhere that you’ll see it often.
- Ask your dentist if they do appointment reminder calls, where they call you a few days before your appointment to confirm that you’re coming.
- Schedule your checkups for the same time every year so that they become a regular part of your yearly routine.
About the Practice
If you’re in need of a talented dental team in Fort Worth who truly cares about you, look no further than Hulen Crossing Family Dental. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art dental care that’s 100% personalized to meet your unique needs and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Our team is dedicated to listening to our patients and getting to know them as people, not just a set of teeth, to make oral healthcare as pleasant and effective as possible. To learn more, we can be contacted via our website or at (682) 207-6555.