Not many people look forward to a visit to the dentist, but the best way to ensure that you receive the dental care that you desire is to take an active role in the process. Following are some tips on what information you should share with your dentist and what you should expect during your visit.
Make a Checklist
Write out a checklist that includes and concerns you may have or as a reminder to ask the questions you would like to have answered. How many times have you gone home and then remembered the question you meant to ask on your visit? By keeping a checklist you can make sure that your concerns are addressed. If you have noticed any changes in your ability to chew properly, if you have noticed you develop bad breath or there is a sore spot in your mouth or a tooth that may be bothering you speak up. Let the dentist know about any changes in your oral health.
Discuss Your Medical History
It is imperative that your dentist be kept up-to-date on any changes to your health. There are many instances where your health problems can affect the decisions made concerning your care. Diabetes can affect your oral health and with certain heart conditions health issues you may need to have a course of antibiotics prescribed for you to be taken before any dental procedure.
Medications, Vitamins and Supplements
If you are taking any medications, including prescribed or over-the-counter, you need to make your dental professional aware of what you are taking and the dosages. Some prescription drugs can cause dry mouth which increases the chance of tooth decay, some can thin the blood which can be a concern, and there are many other medications that should be taken into account when you are seeking dental treatment. There are also vitamins and supplements that can cause changes in your body’s ability to clot as well as increase the risks of certain dental procedures.
If you are avoiding necessary dental work because of the cost, you may be headed towards trouble. Ask your dental professionals if there are payment options are alternatives to help you receive the care that you need early before a small problem becomes a big one.
Dental Care at Home
Ask your dentist how to properly care for your teeth to improve your dental health. The technology that dentists have access to as well as the products that are now being offered to promote dental health are continually improving and can be very helpful to you and your family.
You can help your dentist evaluate your oral health and provide you with a dental care plan that will keep a bright smile by taking the time to provide much needed information. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, no matter how trivial you may think they are. The more knowledge you have concerning your dental care, the more comfortable you will be visiting your dentist’s office.