We normally recommend some dental resolutions as the year comes to a close. One of the resolutions is committing to every dental appointment. It’s fine if you have to postpone every now and then, but too many patients cancel and never reschedule. Often,“later” becomes “never.”
Patients cancel appointments for varied reasons. Others simply don’t show up, without even canceling. A published study under Science Direct actually takes a look into this. According to the report, one out of every four respondents has missed an appointment. 40% have also canceled at least once.
The number one reason for missing an appointment? The patient simply forgot. The second cause was a conflicting schedule, such as a last-minute work or family commitment. Those that missed an appointment were also far more likely to have cancelled on at least one other occasion.
While the report didn’t mention this, we bet some have canceled simply because they didn’t feel like showing up.
Canceling an appointment for an oral surgery without rescheduling can have dire dental health consequences. This is especially the case for procedures like root canals and deep cleaning.
Here are some tips to help you commit to your next checkup or operation:
- Mark the appointment date on your mobile device’s calendar
- Mark the date on a notepad on the fridge or office desk
- Schedule dual appointments with your spouse or children. We are, after all, a family dentistry.
Keep this in mind: if you’re a no-show, a timeslot goes unused. This negatively impacts a patient that could have benefitted from that slot.
Start the commitment by making an appointment with Mukilteo Dental Arts. This can be for a basic checkup, cleaning, or even a cosmetic procedure. This is the first step to committing to your dental appointments long-term.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek