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5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Visit To The Dentist

by Brett Clark

While there is no definitive amount of times you should be visiting your dentist a year most people live by the age old advice of a check up every six months. After all, there are few other parts of your body that endure the same work out that your teeth go through on a daily basis and going to the dentist can be helpful to prevent problems before they even arrive. Almost everyone who goes to the dentist is unprepared, and the dentist expects that, but it is possible to make more out of your visit to the dentists if you are prepared. Here are 5 tips to make the most out of your visit to the dentist.

1. Don't Try To Hide Problems 

A little paradoxically many people will try to quickly hide their existing oral problems before they go to the dentist by whitening, brushing and gurgling with mouth wash. Remember you are going to the dentist to get yourself the best treatment possible and they are there to help you. You do not need to be embarrassed about the state of your mouth as dentists have seen it all before.

2. Have Your Information Ready

It is important to know what your oral hygiene history is so you can let your dentist know about the particulars which will expedite their work. Let them know what you have struggled with and what you are prone to suffer from. You should also let them know relevant general medical information about yourself. If you have diabetes you are more likely to develop problems with your gums for example. 

3. Tell Them If You Have A Fear Of Dentists

According to a recent study by the University of Adelaide one in six Australians suffer from dental phobia so there is no doubt your dentist has had to deal with people in your condition before. Again, don't be embarrassed, they are a medical professional and will treat you and your feelings with respect. It is better you let them know before they try conduct any sort of procedure as it can be dangerous to lurch out at the last second. 

4. Follow Their Instructions

Your dentist will have oral health plans for you to follow depending on what they find during their assessment. You need to follow these plans and be prepared to come back for more check ups so they can make sure you are following their plans for you. Solving a problem as quickly as possible will save you money and time in the long run. 

5. Ask For Extra Advice

Even if there is nothing wrong with your oral hygiene you want to make the most out of your time with a dental professional so you should ask them for any extra steps you can be taking to ensure you remain in good health. You can even check that your toothpaste and other oral health products are the best ones you can be using as dentists will know which ones are overrated and can point you in the direction of a more reliable brand.