To appreciate dental care, you should start by knowing more about dentists. Having gone through the requisites to be considered a dental professional, dentists are mostly known to carry out the usual dental procedures but they are also capable of undertaking other tasks to make sure your teeth and gums are receiving the right care and treatment.
These tasks include:
- Detecting less visible signs of dental problems that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye
- Providing instructions on proper dental care to prevent other problems from developing in the first place
- Preventing current problems from worsening by carrying out corrective procedures or prescribing specialized care
- Recommending a healthy lifestyle and helping patients form habits that promote better dental health
- Referring patients to other dental specialists for more specific forms of treatment
Teeth care needs teamwork!
Of course, there’s only so much that a dentist can do for your dental health. Caring for mouth, teeth, gums and overall oral health will also require effort on your part. To ensure that you’re doing what you can to complement your dentist’s work, don’t hesitate to take the initiative and ask for care tips and recommendations. Asking the right questions, such as the following, will be a good start:
- “What’s my current state of oral health?”
- “What can I do to improve my dental health?”
- “Is there something that my family doctor should be aware off?”
- “What food should I eat or avoid?”
- “Which treatments are urgent and necessary, and which ones are optional?”
How often should you visit?
Dental care isn’t a one-time thing. To maintain good dental health, experts recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Trips to your dentist should be scheduled more frequently, however, if you have an existing dental problem and depending on the treatment you are undergoing, if any.
Got more of those questions? We’ll be answering more in Part 3. Stay tuned!