Going to the dentist provides the opportunity for an oral exam, possible x-rays, and preventative care as well as necessary treatment. Before going to your dental appointment, do the following to prepare for a thorough analysis and diagnosis of any problems.

Make a List of Your Medications

In addition to knowing the names of your prescription meds, it also helps to inform the dentist of the strength and frequency of each one. Include the names and doses of over-the-counter medications like vitamins, stomach aids, and other products that could impact your overall health. Even a course of antibiotics should be mentioned in case that has long-lasting effects.

Review Health History Since Last Dental Checkup

Any new health changes, including those you might not think are important, should be reported to the dentist. Vaccines, minor surgeries, and changes in blood pressure or glucose should be discussed with the dentist or dental assistant. Untreated symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, or lethargy should also be indicated as these might have a bearing on your dental health.

Prepare Questions to Ask

Make a list of questions to ask the dentist during your visit, especially if you get checkups just twice a year. For example, you may be curious about a new dental hygiene product or device that you have heard about. You might be trying to get pregnant and wonder if that will impact your dental health. You may have an oral symptom, like a lip sore, that tends to recur. Other changes in your oral tissues, including the gums, tongue, inner cheeks, or upper palate should also be asked about. They might not mean anything that is health related, but you will know for sure when the dentist answers your questions and takes a look. The dentist may also be able to advise you on orthodontic treatment and provide a referral on request.

Brush and Floss

Before your appointment, brush your teeth as usual and floss to remove particles between your teeth and under the gum line. You can also use a mouth rinse, although the dentist may likewise ask you to rinse before the examination. Comprehensive teeth cleaning will enable the dental staff to clearly see your teeth and oral tissues as well as get good x-rays if needed.

A dental appointment is a great way to protect your oral health. Prepare ahead of time to make the visit as helpful as possible.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.