Seeing the dentist for a checkup is probably not your favorite thing to do. However, it is an important move for your ongoing dental health. While you are there with your mouth open, you might as well get as much as you can out of the appointment. Here are four ways to do just that.
Tell your dentist about your oral hygiene routine.
Taking good care of your teeth is a bit more complicated than brushing twice a day. You may not be using the best toothbrush for your needs or following up with the right rinse. When you sit down in the dentist's chair, tell them your oral hygiene routine in as much detail as possible, and ask what they think. This gives your dentist -- or dental hygienist -- a chance to make specific recommendations for improvements.
Make a list of questions.
Chances are, you have a few questions about your dental health and oral care. But when you're sitting in the dental chair and your nerves are on edge, you may not remember these questions. So, spend the week before your dental appointment writing them down. Bring the piece of paper with you to your appointment so you can ask each question and get a solid answer.
Talk about non-dental health issues.
Your oral health is more tied to your overall healthy than you might know. For example, did you know that there is a connection between gum disease and heart health? If you have had any health issues other than obvious dental care issues, bring them up to your dentist. This will help your dentist get a better picture of your overall health so they can more accurately diagnose anything that might be going on in your mouth.
Be honest about budgetary concerns.
If your dentist recommends a certain procedure, but you cannot afford it, do not just slink away and avoid treatment. Be honest with your dentist about your financial concerns. They can help you find sources of funding such as financing options or grants. They may even be able to recommend an alternative treatment that is more affordable or point you towards a dental school where you can have the work done for a lot less.
If you follow the tips above, you'll get more out of your time at the general dentist. The experience will feel a lot better if you know you are directly benefiting.