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Frequently Asked Questions
Having a dental home and regular dental visits are important to your health. Being seen by your dental professional on a regular schedule helps them identify any problems you may be having before you experience any symptoms. The old adage is true, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is better to treat any issues you have while the problem is small rather than wait until it becomes more severe, and usually requires more involved and expensive treatment to restore. It is important for your overall health. Many systemic conditions present with visible signs in the mouth. Your dental professionals are important members of your health team. Depending upon your health and risks for dental diseases, your dental professional may recommend seeing you every three months or maybe even only once a year. We personalize your care to your needs.
You should see a dental professional if:
- You experience sensitivity in your teeth
- You have pain that does not go away
- You have swelling on your gums or face
- Your gums are swollen or puffy and they bleed when you brush or floss
- You have a broken tooth or fillings
- You don’t like the appearance of your smile
- You have bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You are pregnant
- You have difficulty chewing and eating
- You have a loose tooth or teeth
- You feel like you have dry mouth
- You have a personal or family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or strokes
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy
- You have difficulty opening and closing your mouth or jaws
- You notice a spot or sore that isn’t going away
In short, yes. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, many dental problems can be identified and treated before symptoms occur. Regular dental visits will also help prevent minor problems from developing into worse conditions. Early diagnosis and treatment is always the best plan for your health. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. You can’t have a healthy body if you have an unhealthy mouth. We now know that some dental diseases also have effects on other areas of the body. For example, having cavities and gum disease increases your risk for other vascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Keeping your mouth healthy plays an essential role in your overall health. It’s also important to keep your dental professional informed of any changes in your overall health or any changes in medications you may be taking.
Your dental professional will review your medical history and check your blood pressure. They will also determine whether or not you require radiographs. They will also review your risks for dental disease and help identify any risks that are contributing to your diseases. Your hygienist will also exam and measure your gum pockets around your teeth, looking for signs of gun disease. Depending upon your needs, they will determine the best approach to cleaning your teeth, and the regular schedule to see you. Your dentist will thoroughly exam your mouth and head and neck, to evaluate your overall health. Then they will discuss your health and any treatment that might be indicated to re-establish health. They will discuss options, risks and benefits, costs and make sure you have a complete picture so you can make educated decisions for yourself about your health.
Most people are referred to our office by our existing patients. We feel very privileged to treat our patient’s family and friends. Many of our new patients choose our practice after reading our reviews online, finding out what other people have said, and why they recommend us. Dental care is a very personalized service that requires a relationship based on trust between your dental professionals and you. They should be your team, advocating for you and your health. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if we’re the right fit for you.
Aside from all of the usual things we use to judge whether we feel comfortable in any environment, other things you might consider:
- Do they listen to me?
- Do they have my best interests at heart?
- Do they explain things to make sure I can understand?
- In addition to identifying any health issues, did they try to determine the causes? And address them?
- Are the costs and financial arrangement explained to me?
- Do they try to help me feel comfortable?
- Do they tell me what I need or ask me what I want?