You may have been going to the dentist for many, many years, but are you sure that you are making the most out of each and every dental visit?
Just to be on the safe side, here are a three things that you should do the next time you head to a dental appointment!
1. Tell The Truth.
Not to harp on this too much, since we devoted an entire blog post on the topic back in July in Deceiving Your Dentist: 3 Reasons Why This Is A Major No-No, but it is worth repeating that lying to your dentist means that certain oral health issues might go unnoticed and your pearly whites may suffer the consequences down the line.
Your dentist will not scream profanities at you if you admit to skimping on brushing or flossing, we promise. And be honest about any odd or embarrassing mouth issues you might be having, since these may be symptoms of an as-yet-undiscovered condition (and sometimes these issues have less to do with your oral health than your overall health).
2. Ask For Advice.
Blanket advice like “brush and floss often” and “avoid sugary drinks” are good starting points for ensuring that your oral health is on the right track—and you should brush and floss often and avoid sugary drinks, obviously—but you may need more customized advice depending on certain factors (i.e. if you have sensitive teeth*, if you have had a tooth replaced, etc.). Oh and much like your fingerprints—your teeth (and your tongue print!) are unique, so you might want to ask your dentist for a few tips on how to keep YOUR teeth as healthy as possible and see what they suggest.
And while your dentist might not be able to spent a super long time chit-chatting with you after they finish up on doing whatever you needed done, they will most likely be able to give you a few pointers.
*If you DO have sensitive teeth, make sure that you check out Tooth Sensitivity: A Quick Guide.
3. Figure Out What Is Next.
This ties in a bit with our last tip, but you should make sure that you know what procedures, treatments, cleanings or check-ups are on the horizon for your teeth.
Doing so can help you more easily reschedule these types of appointments in case you need to cancel your original appointment in the future. Plus, you’ll have a dental game-plan of sorts!