A regular dental checkup is vital to maintaining good oral health. When the dentist performs a thorough examination s/he can determine potential problems, including:
– Tooth decay
– Early signs of cavities
-Oral cancer symptoms
-Incorrect positioning of the teeth
-Inflamed or bleeding gums
-Signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
After identifying any dental problem(s), your dentist will suggest a treatment plan for the condition.
There is more to dental checkups than a simple cleaning and X-rays. This is your opportunity to learn more about oral health. Make get the most out of each visit by asking some important questions.
1. Prepare a Checklist of Questions and Concerns – Create a list of questions to ask the dentist, like:
-What is the condition of my overall oral health?
-How can I improve my health?
-Do you have any recommendations for my diet?
-What can contribute to poor oral health?
-What types of implements (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash) should I use?
-Do I show any signs of sleep apnea, tooth grinding, or tongue displacement?
If you have concerns about your overall health, mention them before the dentist performs an examination.
2. Update Your Medical History – Providing the dental care provider complete information about your medical history is critical for treatment. Certain health conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis) and use of prescription drugs can complicate dental health. This information can help the dentist effectively provide support for your overall health, and come up with personalized solutions.
3. Learn More about the Treatment Plan – There is no need to feel embarrassed if you want to inquire about treatment. Know what to expect and understand the dental procedures you’ll experience. You may ask:
-If the dentist can provide images of the proposed procedure
-The number of times the dentist has performed the procedure
-The cost of the treatment
-How long will the procedure take
-If there is a need for the treatment to be redone in the future
-Other treatment alternatives (pros and cons)
While the final decision whether to proceed with any treatment plan is yours alone, the dentist can help you understand how to prepare and what’s involved.
Take the opportunity to talk to your dentist during your visits and your oral (and overall) health will benefit. If you are looking for a reliable dental clinic in London, Ontario, call Cosmo Dental Centre at (519) 659-2767 to book an appointment.