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Preparing for a dental checkup
Updated: 11/6/2008 6:00:38 PM

Preparing for a dental checkup Experts agree that visiting the dentist for a regular checkup is one of the best proactive measures a person can take to protect their dental health.

The Academy of General Dentistry suggests that patients make the most of their visit, as well as avoiding unnecessary complication, by preparing ahead of time.

For example, people should try to get a good night's sleep and wear comfortable clothing to their checkup, in order to feel as relaxed as possible.

Additionally, it could be a good idea to avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda earlier that day, as well as steering clear of sugary foods.

If you have any questions about what will take place during your checkup or about your dental health in general, feel free to ask.

"Your dentist is a great resource of information concerning overall health, as well as your oral health," explained AGD spokesperson Dr. Manual A. Cordero. "You should be able to ask him or her any questions you might have."

The American Dental Association recommends that people visit their dentist for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning every six months.
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