You called and made your dental appointment. It has finally arrived, and you are headed to the office, when you suddenly wonder what things you should discuss with your dentist. Should you tell him that you haven’t been flossing regularly? Should you tell him that you are trying to become pregnant or are already pregnant? Should you ask about how to best brush your teeth? Should you tell him about any new health problems you have? The answer is yes. You should discuss all these things and more. The good news is that we will usually bring all this up, so you don’t have to remember it all.
General Health: Your dentist needs to know about your general health, including medications and any diagnosis you’ve received since your last dental appointment. Your overall health and your dental health are very much connected to one another, so we can provide the best service to you if we are aware of everything. Obviously pregnancy news is important, too, as some dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy if possible.
Anxiety: If you have any anxiety about any of the procedures during a dental appointment, you should discuss them up front. This includes if you are concerned about x-rays, instruments or have a low pain threshold.
Observations: Be sure to discuss any problems you may have observed about your mouth, including discomfort, sensitivity, lumps or tenderness. We will make a thorough exam, but it can be helpful to know if there is an area that you already know needs extra attention.
At your next dental appointment with G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS in Lakeland, FL, we want you to feel completely at ease to discuss anything that you want to regarding your oral health. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.