3. Plan ahead.
Pick a good time for your appointment, whether that's first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon, to ensure that you are feeling your most energetic and least stressed. If you have any special needs, suffer from dental anxiety or have a disability, let the staff know in advance so they can better accommodate you.
4. Keep your dentist informed.
Mention any sores, swelling or pain you might be experiencing in your mouth. Let your dentist know if you smoke, have any allergies or have any existing medical conditions. Also, tell your dentist about all the medications you take, both prescription and over-the-counter. Some can cause problems such as dry mouth; others may interact with medications your dentist may prescribe.
5. Know what to expect.
As with all regular dental visits, your senior dental visit will likely consist of the following:
X-rays -- X-rays are not required at every visit, but may be needed at some point depending on the status of your dental health. They are used to spot problems undetectable to the eye such as bone deterioration below the gum line.
Dental Cleaning -- The dentist or dental hygienist will scrape off any dental plaque or tartar from above and below your gum line, then polish and floss your teeth.
Dental Exam -- The dentist will check your mouth, teeth and gums for signs of cavities, a loose tooth filling and gum disease. He or she will also look at your neck, lymph glands, cheeks, tongue and lips to check for signs of infection or oral cancer.
Treatment Plan -- Depending on what the dentist observes during the exam, he or she will recommend a dental treatment plan. Your dentist can also review proper self-care tips for brushing, flossing and caring for dentures.