You might not consider your dentist to be the person you confide in about your habits, lifestyle, or oral care concerns you experience at home. Yet, these factors all play a role in your oral health and can alert your dentist to treatment options and suggestions tailored to your needs as an individual. Here are some ways you can begin to make the most of your dental visit if you aren’t already:
Discuss Your Concerns:
It’s important to remember that your dentist is on your team; they are open to answering your questions with knowledge and experience. If you have any concerns about your teeth, gums, or jaw, or are experiencing any pain it is important to share that with your dentist. It’s easy to turn to the internet for answers to these concerns, but lifestyle habits among other things are factors your dentist can consider with you. If any of the following apply to you, it is important to discuss them with your dentist before they potentially get worse:
- Bleeding gums
- Sores in the mouth that do not heal
- Sensitivity or pain
- Clenching your jaws
- Grinding your teeth
- Problems with brushing or flossing
Share Health and Lifestyle Changes:
If you make changes to your lifestyle, such as reducing or increasing medications or the consumption of coffee or nicotine, it’s important to let your dentist know. These seemingly nominal changes can have a huge impact on your oral health over time. The acid in coffee may weaken your enamel over time, where as reducing consumption may allow it to remain in tact. The potential impact of nicotine from cigarettes or chewing tobacco on your oral health is another important thing to share so your dentist can look for signs of change.
Being open and honest with your dentist about your concerns, habits, and any changes you make in your life is paramount to receiving the best treatment possible.
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