Make the Most of Your Dental Visit

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Dental benefit information

With advances in dentistry (and soothing music piped in over the intercom), a trip to the dentist nowadays is pretty routine. However, visiting the dentist still makes some people anxious – so much that they do not go as much as they should. When this occurs, costly complications can take place.

With dental care, prevention is always top priority. Visiting your dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings is imperative for a healthy smile. Here are three tips for taking the pain out of the visit to the dentist:

• Schedule regular dentist visits. By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. By visiting the dentist on a regular basis, your dentist can monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address any areas of concern.

• Ask for advice. Take advantage of your visit with a dental hygienist or dentist and find out if you are using proper dental hygiene techniques and tools. Consider jotting down a list of items to review with your dentist, including information like mouth pain or sensitivity.

• Know what to expect. Sometimes the greatest fear is the unknown. During a routine checkup, you should expect your dentist to screen for oral cancer, check for tooth and gum disease and inspect your fillings, crowns or dentures. Dental x-rays will help the dentist detect problems that may not be caught during other exams. Always feel free to ask questions or express your concerns. Chances are your dentist has dealt with the issue before and can offer reassurance.

In order to get the maximum benefit from every dental visit, be sure to keep your dentist informed about your oral health and overall health. By visiting the dentist regularly, new dental symptoms can be caught early so they can be treated before they become severe.