When it comes to making an appointment with your dentist, there can be good logic or bad logic behind your decision. According to Almanac.com—an off-shoot of the two-centuries-old Farmer’s Almanac publication, your zodiac moon sign recommends July 3, 2022 as the next good date for securing a slot on your dentist’s schedule.
Moon signs are determined by the moon’s alignment with a particular constellation. That is, if the moon lies in the constellation Taurus (which it does for a few days around Halloween), a healthcare provider better make sure they are working on a Taurus-friendly body part (neck and shoulders). If it lies in Aries (which it does July 3 this year, obviously!), any work on your face is astrology approved.
Ancient Babylonian physicians were the first to use moon signs to determine when to work on a patient’s body. It was so trusted it lasted through the Middle Ages and pervaded into Europe—marking one of the first times white people got accused of cultural appropriation. Can you blame them? When has something ever gone wrong in Babylon or Medieval Italy?
Booking Dental Appointments By Situation
To be clear, and no offense to astrology enthusiasts or those stubborn Capricorns, all that would register as bad logic on the Dentalux spectrum of “Reasons for Dental Appointments.” Good logic would cover the following reasons for booking a visit to a dentist:
- Chipped/broken tooth. Even if the trauma that caused damage to your teeth brought you to a medical healthcare professional first, you need to have a dental expert (a dentist) perform an exam, too. Optimal healthcare includes dental care. It takes a team!
- Toothaches (aching gums). From serious tooth decay and tooth grinding to run-of-the-mill tooth sensitivity due to age or too often just brushing a little too hard, when a body part hurts it’s being the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. In this case, it gets seen by a dental pro.
- Breath odor. After eating garlic, after smoking a cigarette, after a good night’s sleep, unfresh breath is a common problem. Simple hygiene care makes it go away. When bad breath is part of your entire day, something’s amiss. So don’t miss out on the chance to see your dentist sooner than later.
- Blood and sores. A canker sore is a common mouth ulcer, and some people get them regularly if they bite their lips or inner cheek. Bleeding gums are a common reaction after a thorough flossing. However, constant canker sores no matter what you eat or if you haven’t bitten yourself can be a sign of something more serious. Same with gums that bleed even after you’ve been flossing consistently for several days or weeks. Book an appointment, pronto.
Booking Dental Appointments By Season
To be thorough, the situations listed above involve issues that are acute—things that are significantly impacting your day, and things that may even happen out of the blue. Our normal psychological reaction to acute matters of health is to seek help right away, or to at least want to do so.
But what about when things are normal? How about dental issues you are aware of but just aren’t painful or persistent enough to make you pick up your phone and see us? And what about adults who fear dental work or younger adults who’ve never had to set the appointment for themselves? These are all reasons for booking dental appointments by season. Specifically, setting a day and time that will up the odds of your visit going perfectly right.
Booking dental exams
For patients who have dental insurance, listen up. Your dental insurance plan is about much more than premiums and deductibles. It’s impacted by time, too. Make sure you understand your insurance policy’s policy when it comes to—not just which—services get covered, but how often those services are covered. The default for most good plans involves two cleanings per year and one set of X-rays per year, with an exam by a dentist happening during both visits.
Pay careful attention to things like “calendar year” and “fiscal year.” You may need to book a December appointment to maximize your benefits even if you just had a cleaning, say, five months ago rather than the standard six months ago. Don’t worry, we won’t overclean your teeth, and there’s plenty of wiggle room in a 12-month calendar year to get you December folks on a May-plus-November schedule next year.
Booking dental work
Remember that dental exams or checkups are regular and routine, and things like a cracked tooth from a sports incident is an emergency dental issue. What about things like teeth whitening, a non-emergency tooth extraction, or a consult about something like Invisiline? Anytime is fine by us and sooner is always better than later, but there are some constants in seasonal life to keep in mind. They are:
- Dental appointments in summer are easier to get in June than in August. That’s because families have a tendency to get their children’s cleanings and exams in before school days and academic exams start up by September. Conversely, kids are so excited to start their summer, it’s less common for their parents to get them to the dentist on week 1 of summer vacay.
- The “holidays” are fun and really really stressful. We get it, you want to look your best for the holidays or that New Year’s Eve kiss. So does everyone else who’s operating on the Gregorian calendar.
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