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Things Not To Do Before a Dentist Visit

The dentist is one of those things the majority of Americans have experienced. Whether you live in Utah or Florida, everyone needs the attention of a dentist. Part one of having a good experience at the dentist is going to reliable people — people who have been trained in dental school or a dental assisting college. However, part two relies on you. Here are a few things not to do before your next dentist appointment.

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Brush Your Teeth

Brush Your Teeth

Honestly, this one is a no-brainer, but some people might surprise you. Be sure to brush your teeth long before you go to your dental appointment. Brushing immediately before seeing the dental assistant doesn’t do any good.

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Forget to Floss

Forget to Floss

This can be a little embarrassing. Especially if you didn’t notice that chunk of famous Utah toffee lurking in your back molars.

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Forget to Blow Your Nose

Forget to Blow Your Nose

Be considerate of the dentist’s angle — not to mention the dental assistant.

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Eat a Chewy Granola Bar

Eat a Chewy Granola Bar

You didn’t have to go through dental assisting college to know that a chewy granola bar will stick between your teeth. It’ll probably still be there until the dental assistant scrapes it away.

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Schedule a Lunch Date Immediately After

Schedule a Lunch Date Immediately After

Remember what happens to your face when it gets numb?

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Lack Familiarity With Your Insurance Coverage

Lack Familiarity With Your Insurance Coverage

Although employees at your dental office are intelligent, they weren’t taught insurance policies in college, even if if was the University of Utah. So be sure you know what’s covered in your policy and you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle.

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Eat a Garlic-Filled Lunch

Eat a Garlic-Filled Lunch

The last thing the man or woman wants while they are assisting the dentist is a big whiff of chicken curry; this isn't what they were trained to do. So have the courtesy to freshen up for the people sticking their fingers in your trap.

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Go to a Buffet

Go to a Buffet

Having a heavy meal before your appointment may make you feel nauseous during some procedures.

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Get a Piercing

Get a Piercing

No matter what kind of mouth piercing you have, there is a high risk of infection if it is not done in a sterilized environment. Plus, tongue piercings can chip your front teeth.

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Forget to Hit the Restroom

Forget to Hit the Restroom

Sometimes you can be sitting in that chair for a long time — with a drill and someone else’s fingers inside your mouth. That’s not the ideal time to ask to use the toilet.

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