How to Beat the Back-to-School Dentist Rush
For some of us school is coming up, for others school has been out for a while. However, whether you’re in school or not, there’s one thing we know for sure: the back-to-school rush is hard to avoid.
From stores holding major school supply sales and parents rushing to get their kids necessary appointments in before the school year starts, it can be a hectic time to get your routine dental checkup done! Here are a few tips from us on the best ways to beat the back-to-school dentist rush!
1. Schedule Your Appointment in July
We know that summer means vacations and time off from school, however, that also means it’s the perfect time to get to the dentist. Choose to set your appointment in July instead of early August to beat the rush of the last few weeks of summer, where everyone scrambles to complete their entire back-to-school checklist of dentist and doctor visits.
Besides summer, when are the best times to schedule an appointment? ZocDoc conducted a study of the busiest times of the year (and the not-so-busy times of year) different medical professionals face. Dentists’ busiest months were:
- January. The perfect time for a new year, new you resolution to go to the dentist.
- March. Schools have spring break, making this a good time to make it to the dentist.
- August. Sits between the end of summer vacation and the start of the new school year.
By avoiding these times, you have more options and less competition for those convenient appointment times in the evening or early morning.
You should start thinking about when to schedule your appointments early in the year, as summer shouldn’t be the only dental appointment you go to. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that you should visit the dentist based on your needs. Some may need to go to the dentist only once a year, while others may need it more frequently.
We recommend visiting the dentist every six months can actually save you money on a loyalty plan or dental insurance policy.
2. Find a Dentist That Offers Extended Hours
Some dentists offer hours in the evening, meaning there are more options to fit a visit to your dentist into your already busy schedule. More and more dentists are choosing to keep their practices open after regular business hours, so you can get an appointment without missing work or school.
In fact, you can find many of Platinum Dental Care’s locations offer times as late as 7:00 PM. Call one of the locations closest to you to see when you can fit a dentist appointment into your schedule.
3. Schedule Your Appointment After Your First Six-Month Cleaning
What’s the best way to make sure your next dental appointment fits your schedule? Choose a time for your next six-month cleaning after your current dental cleaning and exam. You can make sure you fit on your dentist’s schedule if you put yourself on the list six months in advance!
Most dentists will make sure to remind you of when you’re supposed to come in, so you don’t have to worry about missing your appointment. Not sure what time works best for you? Many dentists are flexible and are happy to work with you to adjust the actual time of your appointment as it gets closer. Just make sure to follow your dentist’s policy on schedule changes!
4. Start Good Hygiene Habits Early On
Can brushing and flossing regularly really make it easier to fit going to the dentist into your busy schedule? Yes! Good oral hygiene habits means fewer cavities and fewer visits to the dentist after the initial cleaning and exam.
We believe that you should only have to go to the dentist once every six months (or more if there’s an unavoidable emergency.) If you’re looking for some tips to get good oral hygiene habits going strong now, here are a few ways you can keep teeth healthy during the school year.
5. Prepare for Your Appointment
Whether it’s your child’s first time to the dentist, or they’ve been to the dentist a few times, it’s always best to make sure you’ve got everything ready to make your visit go as smoothly as possible.
If you’re a new patient, you’ll most likely want to fill out whatever paperwork you can online and make sure you have your insurance info on hand. No insurance? You can always look for a loyalty plan or membership plan offered by the dentist you’re interested in visiting to start saving from day one.
Want to Beat the Back-to-School Rush?
Contact the Platinum Dental Care location closest to you to schedule your appointment now before the back-to-school rush is in full swing. We’ll do our best to make it easy to fit your dentist appointment into your schedule.