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Dental Appointments: Common Questions & Concerns

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Part of a good healthcare routine is keeping up with visits to the dentist. Here are some common questions about dental appointments - why they are important, addressing concerns, and knowing what to expect.

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​How often should I visit the dentist?

We look forward to seeing our patients regularly, throughout the year. Usually, appointments should be made for every six months or twice a year. Regular dental visits are beneficial to you in that they will allow us to catch oral health issues early on and keep your teeth clean and at their healthiest. While you may floss and brush diligently at home, getting your teeth cleaned by a hygienist every six months will ensure that your mouth is clear of sticky bacterial plaque - something that can harden into calculus or tartar.  

I am afraid of  the dentist. What can I do to overcome this?

You’re not alone! Plenty of people say have have anxiety about visiting the dentist. The good news is that we have experience addressing and calming your concerns. Not only that, but our patients tell us how much of a positive experience they have during their dental appointments with us. Find out what else our patients are saying about their experiences with our dental office here - and see there is nothing to be afraid of!

I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. What do I need to know?

It is never too late to get back into a good oral care routine. We will help you get back on track for a healthy smile. If you have questions or concerns, we are here to address them. Feel free to send us a message here, and we will set you up for an appointment or address any questions.

What can I expect during a dental visit?

While visiting the dentist, you should expect to have a comprehensive oral exam and x-rays to help check for problems such as cavities and gum disease.  We recommend showing up 15 minutes ahead of your dental appointment, and expecting your visit for last around 60-90 minutes. See here for more information on what to expect for your first exam.

How can I make an appointment?

You can call the office of Bruce Nelson, DDS at (602) 678-4500 to schedule your visit. Or, click here to request your appointment conveniently online. Our office is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm on Mondays, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Whether you are a soon-to-be patient or been with us the past couple decades, we look forward to seeing you soon!

- The Office of Dr. Bruce Nelson

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