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What Patients Need To Tell Their Dentists For The Best Care

Christine O'Kelly
Sep 14, 2008
All dentists do the best job they possibly can, but with a little extra information from you, they can do an even better job. This means you need to communicate effectively with your dentist right from the start. This includes your expectations, history, and monetary expectations for the visit. Otherwise, you end up with a mouth full of dental tools and no way of telling him what you are thinking. When your dental professional knows what your needs are, you can leave the office feeling good about your oral care and enjoy being healthy.

Patients Should Explain Their Oral Care Needs

In order to address your oral care needs, dentists need to be aware of why you made the appointment. This could be problems with your teeth, sore gums, or maybe it was just time for a checkup. It is important to be completely honest. If you downplay the pain or fail to mention things that seem 'minor', your dental professional may overlook certain things or fail to consider certain conditions.

Talk to your dental expert about what you expect from your treatments. Do you have cosmetic concerns? Are you terrified at the thought of needles? Although it would make their job easier, oral care experts can't read your mind and they really do try hard not to torture you. Therefore, when they know what you are looking for and looking to avoid with a treatment, they know how to help.

Provide A Medical History

Existing health problems can have a profound effect on your oral health and treatments. This includes many things you may not have thought of before. Taking blood thinners, for example, can cause you to suffer from a wound that refuses to heal or uncontrolled bleeding. Other things that can cause these problems are things such as hypertension and heart disease. If you are pregnant, you will also be restricted to the medications and procedures you can have done.

Dentists should know about other diseases and illnesses such as HIV/AIDs or TB so they can take the necessary precautions to protect you, other patients, and staff. This is not only because of the spread of the disease, but a weakened immune system is more prone to infections and illnesses.

The Financial Aspects Of Treatment

Many patients fail to talk to their dentists about what they can afford and often end up being unhappy with their bill. Talk to your dental professional about your budget. Of course, paying ten dollars for a set of crowns just isn't going to happen, but many times treatments can be adjusted to fit your budget. This might include using a different treatment option or a treatment that is spread out on a monthly basis to make it more affordable. One great example is if you are in need of a set of fillings. You can often have them all done at once to fit into a busy schedule or you could have one done every month to spread out the cost.

When you are open and talk freely with you oral care professional about what your needs and expectations are so they can work with you to provide the best service possible. They know exactly what the limitations are, what kinds of treatments to consider, and what you are looking for in terms of care. This way, you don't have to worry. You can truly work as a team to get a smile you can be proud of.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly writes for the Downers Grove dentists at Grove Dental. As a dentist in Downers Grove, Grove Dental provides a wide range of services, including basic and cosmetic treatments.
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