5 Common Questions About Going to The Dentist

If you dread going to the dentist's office for even a simple examination, you should know you are not alone.  Most people are not excited about having their teeth scraped, analyzed and possibly drilled. However, oral health is of the utmost importance.  The health of your mouth impacts the rest of your biological health. There is no shame in admitting you are uneasy about going to the dentist's office. You likely have an abundance of questions.

Below, we take a look at some of the top questions pertaining to dental appointments.

Why are regular dental visits important?

Semiannual dental visits are essential to your oral health as well as your overarching health.  These visits provide the dentist with an opportunity to identify oral health issues as soon as they pop up.  Identifying these problems sooner rather than later is important as early treatments tend to be more affordable and simpler.  Furthermore, regular dental visits reduce the chances of problems arising to start with.

It is also important to note certain diseases and medical conditions manifest with symptoms that first appear within the mouth.  You will have no idea these symptoms are present unless the dentist is given the opportunity to examine your teeth, gums and tongue every six months.

Why is a visit to the dentist necessary if I do not have any symptoms?

You still need to visit the dentist even if you are not having any obvious symptoms.  You might have underlying dental health issues that can only be diagnosed by a trained and experienced dentist.  Oral health experts agree on the importance of continuity of care. Keep your teeth and gums healthy and there is a good chance the rest of your body will also be healthy.

Are there any signs that should prompt an immediate visit to the dentist?

Yes.  If your teeth are sensitive to cold or hot, meet with your dentist.  Schedule an appointment with the dentist if you have persistent halitosis, an odd-looking sore, puffy or bloody gums when brushing/flossing, swelling or pain in the region of the face, dry mouth, are pregnant or undergoing chemotherapy/radiation.

What should I expect when visiting the dentist?

You will have to fill out some initial paperwork.  Fill out the medical forms, provide all of your information, discuss your medical history with the dentist/dental hygienist and let these professionals examine your mouth.  You may or may not require x-rays. The dentist will check for gum disease, cavities and cancer. The two of you will discuss your oral health, the need for any treatments or procedures and how to improve your teeth and gums as time progresses.

What should I look for when selecting a dentist?

Compare the merits of at least a couple dentists before making a decision.  Find out how long the dentist has cared for patients, whether the reviews are positive or negative and if your personalities jive.  Keep in mind dental procedures and treatments are extremely personalized services that mandate a positive ongoing relationship so choose your dentist carefully.

Please call GK Dental PC today at (617) 826-6075!

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