Preparing For Your Trip To The Dentist

By: Dzhingarov

We all know that going to the dentist is a wise choice. Regular checkups are recommended to prevent cavities and for the detection of other more serious dental problems. Whether it’s your first time visiting the dentist or you haven’t been in a while, a little preparation for your appointment can go a long way.

Take Stock of Medications

Make a list of all medications you take, including anything prescribed as well as supplements and vitamins. Letting your dentist know about allergies concerning medications is very important,  especially when it comes to possible reactions to local anesthetics.

List Your Questions for the Dentist

Write down a list of questions. Your general dentist is there to help you and keep your mouth free from damage and decay. They are very knowledgeable, so asking questions will only make you more knowledgeable as well. Here are some basic questions to ask:

  • Do I have any cavities and what is recommended to treat them?
  • Will there be pain today after my visit?
  • To treat this tooth, how many visits will it take?
  • What medication or treatment do I need for the pain?
  • After my procedure, how long until I can eat or drink?
  • Are there additional steps to preventing future tooth decay?
  • Is there fluoride in the local water supply?
  • What are some recommended websites?
  • Which product for clean teeth do you recommend?
  • Do you have any literature to take home with me to read?


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What Your Dentist May Ask You

Your dentist may ask you some questions as well so that he can know your exact situation. This will help determine the right treatment for you so you can recover and have better prevention for the future. These questions might include:

  • Is there pain from extreme temperature in foods?
  • What medications are you taking at the moment?
  • How often do you floss?
  • Do you use toothpaste with fluoride?
  • How often do you brush your teeth?
  • When you bite down, is there pain?
  • Are sugary drinks and sweets a major part of your diet?
  • Do you have dryness in your mouth?
  • Are you happy with the appearance of your smile?
  • Do you have pain in your jaw joints (TMJ)?
  • Are you anxious about dental treatment?
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If You’re in Pain

If you happen to be choosing to visit the dentist because a tooth is giving you pain, sensitivity or discomfort, then you need some comforting steps to bide the time before you come in. Here are some suggestions:

  • If doctor or dentist approved, take some over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Use a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth.
  • Use warm water when brushing your teeth.
  • Make sure to do a thorough cleaning of all of your mouth, even the painful areas.
  • For soothing painful gums, you can use an over-the-counter anesthetic.
  • Stay away from foods that are extremely hot, cold, or sweet.

Whether you’re getting a checkup or you are experiencing pain and sensitivity, make an appointment at soon as possible by checking the website or by calling the dentist office. Always remember that preparation can and will allow for a more stress-free visit, and it will certainly take the fear out of dentist visit as well as make it very favorable to your smile.