Good dental health is vital because if you don’t look after your teeth, they can become badly damaged, have cavities and develop a range of other problems. You may even need to have them out and be forced to wear dentures. So here are some of the most commonly asked dental health questions and their typical answers.
How do I find a new dentist?
Whether you are unhappy with your current dentist, or perhaps you have moved to a different area, finding a new dentist can be tricky, because you won’t know what they are like beforehand.
Make a list of requirements for a new dentist. The list may include location, opening hours, languages spoken, years in practice and fees charged, for example.
You can also ask family and friends for referrals whenever it is possible, because a referral will give you the best indication that a dentist is good.
How do I get my dental records transferred to my new dentist?
Original records are owned by the dentist, because they are required to keep records for a certain period of time. However, they can send a copy of those records to your new dentist. You will usually need to sign some paperwork, authorizing the transfer.
Is it essential for me to see a dentist every six months?
The ultimate choice is yours, but it will depend on how well you care for your teeth and their general health. Dental check-ups will often catch and treat problems in the early stages, which can prevent worse problems from occurring.
Is it essential for the dentist to wear a mask and gloves?
The short answer is “yes”. Using a mask and gloves reduce the spreading of germs and helps you stay healthy whilst undergoing an exam or treatment. Equipment must be sterilized after each patient and the office should also cleaned to a high standard.
All of this is done to ensure you get the best care possible. Patients can’t always know if they are sick, so these procedures prevent one patient from passing on their sickness to others.
My dentist has told me I need a specific treatment I don’t understand. How can I learn more?
Ask questions. You are not a dentist, so you need to ask as many questions as necessary, so you can make an educated decision. While treatment options may be offered, you need to choose what is best for your particular situation.
How do I handle a fear of seeing a dentist?
It’s not only children who often dislike dental visits. Adults can also be anxious. Reasons for this may include: having a treatment go wrong, having to deal with pain, the staff is not always friendly and helpful, and the list goes on.
The solution is to talk to your dentist; he or she may be able to suggest ways to calm those fears. If your dentist is not receptive to your fears, it may be better to find one that cares more.
No matter what dentist you choose, you must care for your teeth. If you have questions about your treatment or costs, always talk to your dentist. He will often have other patients in the same boat, and thus can take steps to make the things easier on your end.