Dental care is a must and in order to receive proper treatment, you need to be honest with your dentist and must share key pieces of information. When your dentist asks you questions, it’s because they care and the following are things you should tell your dentist:
- Medical history. You need to be honest about medical details because they do relate to your general health and medicine can have dental health implications. Medical history forms may take a while to fill out but this information is both necessary and important so trust the process and remember that this information is protected by doctor-patient confidentiality. You will have to share any health conditions you have because diabetes for example can increase the risk of gum disease so there is a reason why your dentist needs to know this information. Share all of your medical concerns when discussing dental treatments and discuss all medicines you are using which are vital to your oral health.
- Lifestyle habits. Discuss changes in your current health status and talk about allergies, any new medications and a pregnancy as your dentist needs to know about certain aspects of your life. This also includes foods as excessive coffee or tea can have a direct impact on your teeth and your dentist should know about your habits. The same is true for sweets and excessive pop as you may require a deeper cleaning and your dentist will provide you with the right treatment if they are aware of this information.
- Pains or discomfort. You have to tell your dentist about any pains or discomfort you may be experiencing, even if they are temporary and disappear. There could be an underlying cause or a serious issue that is causing the pain so share this information as your dentist will confirm whether or not it’s related to a serious disease or other health issue.
- Fears. If you are scared of the dentist, you are not alone as this is a common fear every dentist is aware of. Many people feel stressed or anxious when they think of dental appointments and if your dentist is aware of this fear, they will be able to prepare a calmer environment and may discuss sleep dentistry depending on the severity of the situation. They will do whatever they can to put your mind at ease and will use special techniques to provide you with a positive experience.
It’s also possible for your dentist to speak with your family doctor or medical specialist if they require more details about your medical situation and if that’s the case, you will be aware of this and your dentist will discuss this with you first.