Your Dentist is A Wealth Of Oral Health Knowledge!

Dental health is no easy subject. Just like any medical profession, dentistry takes several years of schooling and continued education to remain competent in. This provides a unique opportunity for you, the patient, to get the most updated knowledge on dental practices and information in person. Your dentist is there to cater to your oral health needs, so the more information you provide them the better care they can provide you and your family. Consider the following:

 

Does Your Dentist Know What Medications You’re Taking?

Every dentist uses a dental chart that provides all relevant information about their patients. This includes allergies, family history, personal preferences during visits, and your current or previous use of medications. Some medications are known for causing dry mouth or other side effects, so be sure to inform your dentist of these ahead of time so they can provide you a more catered experience.

 

Is Your Family Doctor Aware of Your Oral Health Status?

Most people wouldn’t think to talk to their general practitioner about oral health, but keeping all your medical contacts in the loop will only help both parties care for you better. For example, if you plan on bearing children in the near-future, your body will become more susceptible to bacterial infection which can easily occur from gum disease. If any signs of gum disease appear, your GP should be aware so they can include it in their own medical chart as well.

 

Does Your Mouth Have Any Notable Abnormalities?

Sores, bumps, and bleeding gums should all be mentioned the moment your dentist asks how you’ve been since your last visit. Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing are considered signs of gingivitis. Bumps and sores could be early signs of an infection or oral cancer so remember to mention these at your visit no matter how insignificant you may find it.

Other side effects worth mentioning include consistent dry mouth, strange odors rooting from the mouth, tooth sensitivity, and tooth pain are all very relevant to your dentist. If you don’t inform your dentist of these symptoms, they won’t be as prepared to help solve your issue.

 

Are There Ways You Could Improve Your Oral Health?

Every dentist knows to tell their patients to brush and floss twice a day, but there’s no reason for them to stop there. Many dentists will also recommend you accompany your oral routine with a mouth rinse to remove additional plaque and strengthen your enamel. They also know which foods you should avoid for your oral health as well as which foods that promote it.

Above all questions, your dental visit wouldn’t be complete until you asked “When can I book my next appointment?” Luckily you won’t have to ask at a dentistry worth returning to.

 

About the Author

Dr. Zamora earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas State University, San Marcos, and earned her D.M.D. degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 2003. She’s also completed additional training in pediatric dentistry and pathology to detect early signs of oral cancer. To learn more about her practice you can visit her contact page here.

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