The mere making an appointment to see your dentist is a huge issue for many people. Almost half a population avoids seeing a dentist if there are no obvious and alarming signs that something wrong is going on in their oral cavity. Thus, the first thing to do is to convince yourself that visiting dental care provider should be your regular duty because this is the most effective methods of keeping your teeth healthy. Now, here are some additional aspects to focus onto and some preparation you should perform before stepping into the dental clinic.
Ensure proper communication with your dentist
Adequate communication will prevent all potential and unpleasant mistakes. Make sure to set clear date and time of the appointment and to confirm it a day earlier. Many dentists have quite a busy schedule and missing your appointment might mean that you’ll have to wait for some time to re-schedule it, which might be a serious problem if you’re having pain.
Bring all recent dental records with you
This might not be necessary always, especially if you’re seeing the same dentist for a long time, but to make it easier for your doctor to monitor your dental health and evolution of some dental problems, the best is to have your dental records with you at the visit.
Be clear about your symptoms
Every meticulous and professional dentist will examine the whole oral cavity, regardless of your pointing out one particular problem. This ensures detection of all the existing problems, whether you were aware of them or not. However, to bring the clear picture to your dentist, remember to mention all the symptoms bugging you and try to provide them chronologically. Pay attention to all the symptoms that have emerged during the last six months or since your last visitation and explain them precisely. You should focus on teeth pain, gum bleeding, bad breath, mouth sores, increased sensitivity of your teeth, discomfort or any troubles swallowing.
Perform meticulous oral hygiene
You shouldn’t change your cleaning habits significantly right before seeing your dentist because that might mask some symptoms and create a false impression about common condition of your oral cavity. On the other hand, make sure to show up at your dentist with thoroughly brushed and cleaned teeth and flossed oral cavity and avoid eating large meals right before the meeting.
People tend to schedule visitation to their dentist only when the pain occurs. Dental health is somehow neglected and marginalized compared to our attention focused on other forms of general health, but most people aren’t even aware of the true importance of dental health. The proper function of your teeth, tongue and other tissues in the oral cavity is essential for proper eating and functioning of the rest of the body. On the other hand, many health issues originally emerging in other parts of the body tend to show their signs within the oral cavity. The best is not to wait for any of warning signs to alarm you but to visit your dental health provider regularly. These are the most common warning signs that there is a health issue emerging in your oral cavity.
Pain is your best friend
Knowing that most people are seriously scared of dental pain, that sentence might sound awkward, but in fact, it is true. Namely, pain is a body’s alarm to you that there’s a serious health problem going on and you should intervene. Painful teeth usually suggest infection, irritation, cavities or malignant process somewhere in the oral cavity. Severe pain also occurs when some nerve-controlling your gums or jaw is inflamed. Whatever the explanation is, pain is a certain sign you should schedule your dentist as soon as possible. Another sign of an alarming dental issue is teeth becoming loose. There are many reasons for this, but gum deterioration is most common, and it requires intervention. Pain radiating through a wide area of jaw might be the sign of some health problems in your neck, sinuses, even ears. Even if it turns out that pain emerging in the oral cavity isn’t caused by dental problems, dental clinic is the right place to begin exploration.
Some people have an inborn increased levels of teeth sensitivity, usually towards the hot and cold water, spiced foods and concentrated sugars, but suddenly increased sensitivity is usually a reason to worry. Worsening of this hypersensitivity usually causes loss of weight because people tend to avoid food and drinks, but the underlying problem won’t just go away. Sensitivity usually indicated troubles with gums or infection in teeth channels. Paradenthosis is a common gum illness causing sensitive areas of teeth to get exposed, and it is the most common cause of hypersensitivity. Using toothpaste with numbing effect is a completely wrong solution due to masking of actual problems.
Bad breath is quite a frequent problem, and it doesn’t always suggest dental health problems. Sometimes, it is the consequence of poor oral hygiene, and the solution is to improve your habits regarding dental cleaning and healthier eating. However, bad breath might indicate some severe issues within oral cavity or even serious illnesses somewhere else in the body. Every tooth decaying or infection will cause bad breath. Gum deterioration too. Also, various hematological conditions, as well as health problems in digestive system might present via bad breath. Whatever the underlying cause it, visitation to the dentist is necessary.