Should You Ask Us Questions About Your Oral Health at Each Appointment?
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
Many people feel that their regular dental appointments are simply for cleaning the teeth. Their goal is to get in and out of our office as quickly as possible, but if you subscribe to this theory, you may not be getting the best for your oral health. This is especially true if you notice a problem, so any time that you have a question, be sure to ask!
Inquire About Your Dental Hygiene
Your regular appointments are a great way to check in with your dental hygiene and how effective your routine has been. If we notice any signs of a problem, we will certainly point them out, and we'll provide guidance on what you can do better. If you have questions about how you can better care for your teeth, please present them during these consultations.
Discuss Health Issues
Something else that you might want to ask us about involves your overall health. Your oral health affects the rest of your bodily systems in many ways. Certain oral symptoms could indicate conditions like osteoporosis or diabetes. Ask us if there is anything that you need to discuss with your primary care physician. Likewise, if you've been diagnosed with any new conditions, ask us if there is anything you need to do to keep your teeth healthy.
Question Potential Warning Signs
There are certain warning signs of dental diseases or conditions that may pop up between your dental appointments. It is always important to know about those so that you can act as soon as you notice a problem. If you aren't sure what those are, such as the symptoms of a cavity, abscess, or oral cancer, use your next appointment to get clarification.
We are part of your oral health team, and should you have any questions for us, please be sure to ask. Call us today to learn more about our services.