Getting the Most Out of Your Dental Visit

woman at dentistGoing to the dentist is far from the highlight of the week for many—adults included. Moreover, dental visits generally happen only about twice per year at most. This is why it’s crucially important for you to make the most out of our dental visits when you do go. So rather than simply enduring a few minutes of intensive dental care treatment when you go to the dentist, keep these tips in mind so that you can get the most out of your visits.

Update your medical history.

It’s important to keep your dentist up-to-date with your medical history, even if your medical background seems unrelated to dental health. Conditions like diabetes, for example, could affect the health of your gums and teeth, while other conditions could contribute to dry mouth. When your dentist knows about these types of conditions, he or she will be better prepared to cater to your needs and assess your dental health progress. Be sure to mention any prescription drugs you might be taking as well.

Keep your dentists posted about special diets, supplements, etc.

Special diets, vitamins, and supplements are also worth mentioning to your dentist. These are all things that could affect moisture levels and blood flow to the mouth, and you may find that certain things you ingest make you more susceptible to gum bleeding or tooth decay.

Make sure your visit is thorough.

A good dentist takes care to give your teeth a thorough cleaning of at least 30 minutes in length and then follows up with a thorough dental health inspection. Your dentist should inspect every tooth, examine your gums, and give you an oral cancer screening or x-ray if he or she deems it necessary.

Come with a list of questions.

If you’ve been experiencing unusual symptoms in the teeth, gums, mouth, or throat, be sure to mention these symptoms to your dentist and ask what the underlying cause might be. And if you have other questions about your teeth and dental care, be sure to bring those up as well. Are you wondering if teeth whitening and gum chewing are safe for your teeth? Would you like to know more about jaw clenching or teeth grinding? These are questions to ask while you’re at the dentist.

Ask what you could be doing better.

A good dentist will tell you this as you go, but in case you miss it during the course of your dental visit, be sure to ask your dentist what you could be doing better with regard to your dental health. Your dentist will offer you tips for better flossing, dietary suggestions, an overview of new dental care technologies, and more, depending on what your particular dental care needs might be.