Going to the dentist is so much more than just having your teeth cleaned. When you go for your semi-annual or quarterly cleaning, you also are examined for any signs of oral cancer, potential tooth decay and x-rays to see whether or not you’re having any otherwise undetectable issues going on with your teeth and jaws.
For example, cancer treatments, pregnancy, heart diseases, diabetes, dental appliances (dentures, braces) can all impact your oral health and may necessitate a change in the care of your mouth and/or teeth. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have experienced a change in your general health or in any medications you are taking since your last dental visit. People with special conditions – such as pregnancy, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other underlying diseases, orthodontic appliances – may require additional instruction and perhaps treatments to keep their mouth healthy. Make sure you understand the additional care and/or treatment that is needed, commit to the extra tasks, and work them into your daily health routine.
This is the best opportunity to talk to your oral healthcare provider. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for more information if you don’t understand a diagnosis, treatment or procedure. You should be able to have a free and frank discussion with your dentist about the following types of issues:
- What are the treatment options for a particular dental condition?
- How do these options differ in cost and in their durability?
- Do all the options solve the problem?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?
- Of the dental treatments being recommended, which are absolutely necessary, which are less urgent, which are elective, and which are merely cosmetic?
- What are the consequences of delaying treatment?
As you can see, a hygiene appoint is more than just having your teeth cleaned. A beautiful smile is more than just great white teeth. It begins with a strong foundation of good oral healthcare. If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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