Even if you visit your dentist on the recommended schedule of once every six months, that’s still a long time in between appointments. Dentists are known for giving plenty of attention to patients, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to ensure the absolute maximum oral health? Here are X ways to make the most of your dental visits.
1. Be Honest About Your At-Home Oral Hygiene Regimen
Many people feel embarrassed about not following dentist’s instructions about at-home oral health care. If you are one of them, realize that the first issue is not following advice, but you only make it worse when you are dishonest about not following the advice. If you admit that you find it arduous to floss or to brush after each meal, you help the dentist in your treatment. Not only that, but you contribute to the overall feedback that dentists get about at-home health care. Chances are, if your dentist finds out you can’t brush or floss as recommended, he may be able to suggest alternative ways for you to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
2. Ask About Other Treatments
The science of dentistry is always coming up with new ways to treat issues and improve the look and health of teeth. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t ask about the latest treatments for enhancing teeth. Use your appointment time to ask about extras like fluoride treatments, whitening procedures, straightening devices, removal of mercury fillings, and more. Your dentist is a wealth of information about the dental options available to you, so this is your chance to find out everything your dentist can do for you.
3. Share Family Dental History
Did your mom tell you stories of your family having “soft” teeth? Did grandpa have to get dentures at an early age? The more you can share about your family’s dental history, the easier it may be for your dentist to find and diagnose potential problems that are unique to your genetic makeup. Don’t feel like you’re burdening your dentist with family gossip. These stories can be valuable information for your dentist to make treatment decisions that may change your dental future.
4. Mention Other Health Conditions You Have
It’s now known that poor dental health can lead to heart problems, as well as other issues. If you’re suffering from other health conditions, be sure to bring them up at your next dental appointment. Your dentist may be alerted to something going on in your mouth that you and your dentist were previously unaware of. In some cases, proper oral health treatment may even solve your other health condition.
Remember, your dentist is your partner in oral health. He’s not there to judge you or make you feel bad about the condition of your teeth. The more you can open the lines of communication during dental appointments, the better your dentist can take care of you. Dental health is a two-way street, so take control and make the most of every visit!