When your dental health is a concern you need to know what questions to ask.
You can bet that your dentist knows more and can do more for you than they discuss. Often the dentist focuses on the probable services and concerns held by a common patient. When your dental health is the concern, be prepared to lead the conversation and get the information you need.
Before you get to your dentist’s office think about your own dental health and possible needs:
- Do you have sensitivity or pain in your teeth? How bad is it?
- Do you have pain or bleeding in your gums, tongue or jaw? How bad is it?
- Do you have any unusual spots or sores in your mouth?
- Do you have dry mouth or a lack of saliva?
- Do you have an unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth?
- Are you taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications? Make a list of those to take to the dentist.
- Do you have any allergies?
- Do you have trouble breathing when you sleep?
- Do you grind your teeth when you sleep?
If you have concerns regarding these questions, let the receptionist know before going back to the exam room so she can see to it that the dentist provides you the time you need.
While you are at the office ask direct questions to invite the dentist to provide knowledge and advice regarding your dental health:
- Does my mouth look healthy?
- What can I do to improve the health of my teeth and gums?
- Is there anything I should tell my family doctor about?
- What foods can I eat to improve my dental health?
- Which treatments are absolutely necessary? Which are optional? Which are cosmetic? Which procedures are urgently needed, and which ones are less urgent?
Questions provided by the Partnership for Healthy Mouth Healthy Lives.
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Expect your dentist to provide a fully engaged, comprehensive health service with and for you.