What To Expect If You Haven’t Been To The Dentist In Years

Many people avoid the dentist due to fear, some just delay if they are not having any issues, while others become more embarrassed the longer they put it off. Whatever is keeping you from visiting the dentist, put all your worries aside. Manhattan Dental Arts has seen and heard it all and will be non-judgmental. Going to the dentist when you haven’t been in years might not be as bad as you think.

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Come to the appointment with a list of any medical issues you have like diabetes or any heart problems. It’s important that Manhattan Dental Arts knows about your general health and any prescriptions you take.

After a complete cleaning of your teeth, we will check for dental problems including cavities and tartar buildup.

This general mouth check will include some of the following:

  • A check for any loose fillings
  • Assessment of your bite alignment
  • A check for any signs of periodontal disease
  • An evaluation of under and around tongue inside your cheeks and mouth to find any possible signs of mouth cancer
  • Dental X-rays

It May Take A Little Longer

Don’t be surprised if the appointment lasts an hour or longer. The actual cleaning may take longer so the hygienist can remove all the build up on your teeth and gums. Going forward this time period will be reduced.

There May Be Some Bleeding

If you don’t always floss your teeth regularly, you may find your gums will bleed during the cleaning and flossing. There is not anything to be terribly worried about as this can be reversed with better at-home care. In some cases, it could also be due to the beginning of gum disease.

The Path Forward

When you haven’t had professional dental care for years, there may be some dental issues to correct. New fillings or periodontal care could be costly, so know your dental benefits and what is covered.

Lastly, Manhattan Dental Arts will make recommendations about fillings, crowns, or any gum disease treatments that might be needed for the future.

Be sure to schedule your next appointment before you leave.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in years, now is the time to visit Manhattan Dental Arts for an appointment, and get your dental care back on track. Call (212) 247-2330 to schedule your visit at our office in New York, NY.