The American Dental Association says that you should plan routine visits to your dentist every six months. This interval allows your dental team to monitor your oral health and find and treat problems when they are small, long before they cause discomfort.
You should also view these visits as a golden opportunity to ask your dentist any questions you have about your oral health. The best dental care occurs in an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding, so letting your dentist know what's on your mind is crucial.
The best way to make sure all your questions are answered is to make a note of the things that concern you. In addition to those specific issues, here are three general questions you can ask.
How can I improve my oral health?
Achieving excellent oral health is a team effort, so be sure to ask about treatments they recommend and also what steps you can take your own. Based on their exam, your dentist and hygienist may see areas where you will benefit from improved brushing and flossing. They can make recommendations for a nutritious diet that supports oral health. The list goes on, but you get the idea!
Can you help prioritize my treatment?
Many people skip dental visits occasionally, and if you are one of them, you may discover a whole host of problems that need attention. Talk to your dentist about what's most critical and what may be put off until a little later. This is also an excellent time to talk about your insurance benefits or how you can finance your treatment if you are uninsured. In most cases, your dentist will be happy to prioritize your treatment around your budget.
Is there anything my family doctor needs to know about?
We see increasing evidence that links the health of your mouth to the health of your body. For instance, during your routine checkups, your dentist may find symptoms like dry mouth that can be relieved with a change of medication. Asking this question ensures that relevant information is shared with the rest of your healthcare team.
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If it's time for your next visit to your dentist in Van Nuys, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment. We will be more than happy to answer your questions and ensure that your healthy smile stays that way.