Dental visits are important. Getting regular dental check-ups is part and parcel of maintaining overall health. When you go to the dentist, it is helpful and time-saving to come prepared with a set of questions (or observations) to ask your dentist.
So when you drop by for a check-up or treatment, here are major pointers to keep in mind.
Express your concerns clearly. Does your gum bleed when you brush? Do you feel pain when drinking cold or hot drinks? Make a note of the symptoms and relate them to your dentist.
Share your medical history. Any dental office should have an updated medical record of their patients. Certain illnesses or medicines (including vitamins and supplements) can cause complications with some procedures or prescribed meds. Also, sometimes it could help to share your dietary habits. Are you a vegetarian or a raw foodist? Do you love sweets? These things may seem negligible but it will help draw a clear picture of your overall dental health.
Do not be afraid to ask about the pros and cons of treatments. Remember that you have rights and as a patient, you have the right to be informed of treatment options. Your dentist should be able to discuss the side-effects and benefits of a suggested procedure. You shouldn't agree to a treatment unless you have all the information that you need.
Inquire about low-cost options. Don't be shy. When your finances are limited, inquire about affordable alternatives.
Ask for dental health tips. After a check-up or dental procedure, don't forget to ask your dentist for maintenance tips or anything related to oral health care. Even if it seems that your dental regimen is sufficient, there could be something you missed out and it is recommended that you always ask the pros for advice.
There you have it. Make the most out of your next dental visit.
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