The prospect of a trip to the dentist’s office can be terrifying for some. So terrifying, in fact, that some people just don’t even go, leaving their oral health in jeopardy, which can lead to the need for more serious dental help later on in life.
But most dentists want to know your concerns about the visit. There are a number of ways to evaluate your own oral health before the visit, so you and the dentist can be on the same page when the dreaded day comes. And when your dentist knows your concerns, it can make the whole trip more comfortable.
Many reservations about the dentist can be traced back to us as patients not being sure about what exactly the dentist is doing, and what the exact state of our mouths is.
For this reason, it can be important to evaluate your mouth before your step into the dental chair. Some questions to ask:
- Do my teeth seem sensitive? How does it feel when I put hot or cold things in my mouth? How bad is the pain when my teeth are sensitive to things?
- Do my gums bleed? How often? What causes it?
- Do I have and teeth that look different than the others? Do I have any sores in my mouth?
- Am I producing enough saliva?
- Is there often an unpleasant taste or odor in my mouth?
Answers to questions like these, when related to the dentist, can help you form a better relationship with your dentist. He or she will be able to help you interpret your condition, and will be able to better approach your oral health in general.
For example, if you have a sore in your mouth, the dentist can be sensitive to that. He can suggest ways to help you get rid of a bad taste in your mouth, and can suggest why that might be happening.
Being open with your dentist will result in better dental care, and will lessen your fear of the dentist’s office.