Dental check-ups should not be seen as just a check-up. This is a golden opportunity to learn about how to ensure optimal dental health from a medical professional with the relevant knowledge to impart. A patient may want to get in and out of the dental chair as quickly as possible and fail to capitalise on the useful information in the form of techniques and recommendations a Dentist in Marylebone can provide. Being well-informed and relying on quality care from a trusted Dentist in Marylebone is two of the best defences against a myriad of dental problems.
For patients who would rather do anything else than sit in the dental chair, it is even more important that they do all they can to take good care of their dental health, and prevent problems that can be prevented. Patients can do more than just hope for the best; they can take control of their oral health by being proactive.
Maximise a dental visit with these tips
1. Notice a problem while cleaning teeth? Write it down
Failure to write down all the problems one experiences during an oral hygiene routine and presenting the list to a Dentist in Marylebone may mean a patient forgetting to mention it during the check-up. With so many things on a patient’s mind, it is easy to forget things in the moment. Bleeding gums is a definite sign of concern and should not be brushed away as insignificant.
2. Update the dentist on your current physical health
The mouth is not a separate entity to the rest of the body and any medical condition present elsewhere on a patient, especially a patient on certain pharmaceutical drugs, can influence dental health. In return, poor dental health can worsen medical conditions. A dental practitioner will need to have a holistic picture of a patient’s overall health to diagnose the problem accurately, and find the best treatments for each patient.
3. Don’t suffer in silence
Dental techniques have moved forward in leaps and bounds and there is much a dentist can do to alleviate patient pain and discomfort. There are anxiety-relieving techniques that don’t involve sedation. Although for patients with intense anxiety issues, sedation dentistry may be the best course to get the dental care one needs. We always advise our patients to indicate that they are experiencing pain during a procedure so that our dental practitioner can provide some relief.
4. Set up appointments on a regular basis
This may sound counterproductive to a patient who wants to see less of their dentist but keeping on top of potential problems, which can only be done through routine check-ups, is the sure-fire way to stopping minor dental issues in their tracks. The advantage is that any preventive care treatments would be relatively simple in nature as they had been caught early.
For professional dental care, schedule a check-up with one of our dentists at Plowman & Partners. Providing a service with a smile is a cornerstone of our dental clinic.