Dental appointments with the right dentist are a game changer when it comes to maintaining your oral health. Feeling comfortable and safe is very important because then we are more likely to stick to regular dentist appointments and take a more active interest and control of our dental health. A good way to ensure that you make the most of each visit and that you are truly doing what is best for your oral health is to prepare questions for dentists that you consult.
If you are not too sure what to ask, the below list should act as a helpful guide. Your dentist will have valuable advice to offer regarding your concerns and it will ensure that you make the most out of each visit.
How often do I need to return for dental hygiene treatments?
While the standard belief is that people with good oral health need only visit the dentist twice a year it is best to check with your dentist if this is applicable to you. There may be certain benefits to you returning more regularly for dental hygiene treatments to rectify any early stage issues. This will also give you a good overview of your general oral health.
Do I need to book a follow-up visit after treatment?
Confirming if you need to you will be aware of what to expect and plan accordingly. Especially when fitted with braces or aligners you will generally have to fit in follow-up visits. Find out how you can visit your dentist if any sudden issues or complications should arise with the braces or aligners or any such dental procedures.
What are the possible causes of my dental issue?
If you are experiencing dental issues or potential issues then check with your dental expert what the possible causes could be. It will give you the knowledge you need to stop or prevent the causes from continuing if it is within your ability to do so. If you show signs of gum disease knowing the probable cause will help you make lifestyle changes or take the necessary action.
Can you explain how the procedure works?
If you have to undergo a dental procedure then be sure to ask your dentist to explain how it works, so that you have a clear idea. They will be more than willing to give you the details regarding the materials used, the method and if any new tech is used and how it will benefit you. Also, find out if the procedure is done under anaesthesia and if it will require painkillers during the initial recovery period.
What are my options/alternatives for this treatment?
If you are recommended a treatment plan and would like to know if there are any alternate options then be sure to ask your dentist. Being aware of the choices you have is important so that you can make an informed decision that suits your needs. Factors such as time, finances and duration can be taken into consideration when you have the correct information.
What are the lifestyle changes that I need to ensure optimal dental health?
If there are warning signs that your oral health might not be at its best such as increased tooth sensitivity, discoloration, gum pain and tooth decay seek advice from your dentist. A dental expert will be able to guide you not only on good dental care but certain lifestyle changes that you can make or adopt to benefit your oral health. Such as adopting a daily brushing and flossing routine and eating more fresh crisp fruits and veggies. Find out if you need additional vitamins to strengthen your teeth. Find out about proper brushing techniques and the best type of toothpaste for you.
Do I need to follow a specific diet following treatment?
It is very important to get proper guidance regarding aftercare following a treatment because it helps the treatment to be successful. Say, you have got teeth whitening then find out which foods and drinks you can consume immediately and which you should hold off from for a while. If you have got dental implants or veneers you may be asked to avoid hard or crunchy or sticky food and to eat softer food for a period.
What are the specific post operative/aftercare instructions that I need to follow?
Such as with your diet it is important to find out what you need to do to help recovery, such as saltwater washes to aid with healing. You might be asked to place ice on the surgery area and to consume soft food. Further, you might have to avoid brushing the surgery area immediately after.
What would be the recovery period following treatment?
Each treatment will have a different recovery period with the duration also depending on each individual patient. Checking with your dental expert will give you a realistic estimate of the time so that you can plan your post-treatment days accordingly. You can also check if you will be dealing with sensitive teeth and if so for how long and what you can do to ease the sensitivity.
What are the payment options for the treatment?
Always check with your chosen dental care clinic regarding their payment options and plans. They may have payment or financing options that will help you get the immediate help you need, even if the treatment cost is a little out of your current budget. Making use of payment plans will be a great asset towards getting the treatment you need quickly if it is not covered by the NHS or your insurance. Most cosmetic dentistry is not covered so check with your dental clinic and avoid undue stress.
These questions will be the ideal guide to furthering your oral health discussion with your dentist. The more informed you are the better you will be able to care for your teeth and gums. Be sure to give your dentist your recent medical history as well such as recent surgeries or health issues, if you have any allergies and the current medication if any, that you are taking. This in turn will help your dentist make more informed recommendations for you.