Are Your Teeth in Good Hands?IN SEASONAL HEALTH
Visiting your dentist for regular dental checkups is a sign that you care about your pearly whites. But are your teeth being cared for with the same amount of concern by your dentist?
Next time you hop into the dentist chair, keep an eye out for some of these indications that you may need to look for a new dentist.
Poor Office Appearance
Inspect the office for cleanliness and organization. Does everything appear to be sanitary and orderly, or are things dirty and unkempt?
Medical and Dental History Ignored
When greeted, are you asked for information about your medical and dental history? Is this information documented in a professional and systemized way? Medical history can directly correlate to dental history. For example, pregnancy, diabetes and heart disease can all have effects on your dental health. Therefore, it is important for your dentist to inquire about your medical history in order to appropriately care for your teeth.
Lack of Communication
Does your dentist communicate dental procedures, treatment options and general health information to you? Each visit, your dentist or dental hygienist should explain the type of cleaning or exam he or she is performing and why it is important for your dental health. If a certain treatment is needed, then your dentist should discuss all relevant treatment options along with the choice he or she suggests and why.
Seeking Second Opinions
If you are visiting a dentist for the first time and a treatment is recommended, seek out a second opinion to verify the necessity of the procedure. Your dentist should be understanding and supportive of your choice to have a second opinion.
Unclear Billing and Payment
Does the dentist office provide you with clear and precise information about billing and payment plans for your visits? Especially when considering different types of treatment plans, your dentist should explain costs and fees before conducting any type of procedure.
|Have a Clean Mouth
Dental cleaning and exams are vital components of dental hygiene. The importance of personal cleaning, such as brushing and flossing your teeth every day, cannot be overemphasized. However, the detailed focus of professional dental cleaning shouldn’t be overshadowed.
Regular dentist visits aid in the prevention of gum disease (periodontal disease) and dental caries (tooth decay). During a dental cleaning, a dentist or dental hygienist performs a deep cleaning of the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that can build up over time. The dentist also performs a thorough examination of your mouth, inspecting teeth and gums for any abnormalities. X-rays of your mouth are usually taken to check for any other oral hygiene issues.
The frequency of dental examinations and cleanings differs from person to person. Consult your dentist to determine how often you should have dental examinations and cleanings.
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