Regular visits to your dentist should be an integral part of your overall healthcare. Health experts recommend a visit to your dentist at least twice each year, but you may have additional medical or dental issues that require more frequent visits. Finding the best time to go to the dentist can be tricky, but there are certain times during the year are better than others.
Prevention is Key
Being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to seeing the dentist is the best starting point. Regular checkups help your dentist identify problems while they are small instead of after they have advanced into a bigger problem. Small dental problems will be less time consuming, less expensive, and less intrusive.
Dentist Offices are Busy Too!
Dentists who have been in practice for several years begin to notice a pattern of seasonality in their patient load. August is often an extremely busy month, with new patients arriving for dental exams and procedures before the school year begins. Another busy time seems to be in March and April when spring break gives families more time to attend to personal care. The end of the year is typically a busy time as well because many patients are trying to use their dental benefits before the new year begins. Dentists experience slower patient traffic in November, January, May, and June. These are times when individuals are busy with holiday plans or getting ready for vacations.
Your Visit Will Be More Relaxed During Slow Periods
Early summer, late fall and the weeks after the holidays are often the slowest periods of the year for dentists. At this time you can be assured the dentist will be able to give you their full attention. You will have the opportunity to provide a detailed dental history and will be able to have your concerns addressed. This additional time will allow you to achieve a full understanding of the procedures you need and your part in the process.
The Dental Lab Plays a Role
Not only are dentists busy during particular times of the year, but so is the dental laboratory. During the last two weeks of the year, several dental labs will close for the holiday season. Because of the closure, standard turn-around times may be delayed.
Visit us at Trailhead Dental for All Your Dental Needs
In the end, there is no right or wrong answer when you should visit the dentist. If you have an urgent need, we will try to see you as soon as possible. We offer a full range of prosthodontic services and individualized care plans, with your unique needs in mind. Call us at Trailhead Dental today at 720-242-6803 for an appointment to discuss your dental reconstruction needs.