The British Health Foundation reports that only half of the UK population actually visit the dentist every six months.
Since the appointments are far between for most of us, we think it is important to get the most out of each appointment for your health, understanding and peace of mind.
Here is a checklist to help you gain the most from your dental appointment.
If you are having any pain, the obvious questions will not slip your mind. However, some questions possibly will. Make a list of questions to ask your dentist before your appointment, such as if you are flossing correctly or what are the symptoms for gum disease.
Although Google is pretty amazing, your dentist is the best source of information regarding oral health, so make sure to bring a list to your dentist appointment at The Mall for your answers.
A major part of dentistry is educating patients about healthy practices and warning you about various danger signs.
Dentists do not expect you to remember everything, so feel free to take notes in your appointment. You may also ask your dentist to email you additional information and instructions after your visit.
Tell the truth.
Admitting to your dentist when was the last time you had an appointment can be embarrassing for some patients. Many patients often feel guilty for not flossing as often as they should (if they floss at all). They end up compelled to hide the truth.
In every field, honesty is the best policy. Telling the truth will help your dentist make the best possible assessment of your oral health and how to go about your treatment.
Anxiety usually kicks in a few days prior to an appointment with your dentist. This sometimes results in overbrushing the teeth. Maintaining your usual routine is perfectly adequate, as aggressive brushing can cause damage to gum and tooth enamel.
Share your dental history.
If you are changing your dentist or consulting a new dentist who specialises in cosmetic dentistry, having your dental records sent over before your visits will really help your dentist gain a complete picture of your oral health. This will save you time and money.
Ticking off this checklist will most definitely help you achieve the best out of your dental appointments.
At The Mall, our certified dentists make it their mission to deliver the best dental care possible. Contact us today for the services you deserve.