Get More Out of Your Next Dental Visit
Dental visits aren’t just for cavities and teeth cleanings. During your checkup, we will assess the overall health of your mouth and gums. I would like to share a few helpful tips from a recent WDA (Wisconsin Dental Association) article:
- 1. Prep for your appointment.
Before you visit us, take some time to think about your oral health. Make a list of questions or concerns to share with us during your visit. Mention any of the following problems:
- Bleeding when you brush
- Pain or sensitivity
- Sores inside your mouth that don’t heal normally
- Problems with brushing or flossing
- Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth
- 2. Update your medical history
Make sure we know your complete medical history. Common conditions like diabetes can affect the health of your gums and teeth. Some medical problems may also lead to dry mouth, which increases your risk of cavities. Alert us of any changes in your health since your last visit. The more we know, the more personalized care we can provide. Our new website makes updating your health history form easy – just print out and complete at your convenience before your next visit.
- 3. List all medicines, vitamins and supplements you take
Certain prescription drugs for allergies, high blood pressure or depression can cause dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay and gum problems. Some medications and dietary supplements can thin your blood, increasing the risk of bleeding when you have dental work done. Its important for our team to know about the medication and supplements you take, even though you may not think of them as relevant.
- 4. If money is tight, ask about payment options
When budgets are tight, some people put off dental visits. This can lead to problems that are far more expensive than preventative care. If you are having trouble paying for dental care, talk to us about low-cost options or payment plans.
- 5. Find out what you can do better
The field of dental health is constantly changing. New products continue to come along that make oral hygiene easier and more effective. New research provides insights into the best ways to keep teeth and gums healthy. Ask us about anything you can be doing to improve your oral health.