Checklist for Next Dental Visit

Update Medical History Have there been any changes in your health since your last visit to the dentist? If so, be sure to write down all of them, including adjustments to your medications. It’s important to inform your dentist because changes in your health and medications can affect your dental health. If you’re a new patient, be completely honest on the medical form regarding all your health issues. Filling out medical forms as accurately as possible will help your dentist develop an effective treatment plan for your dental needs. If you’re a new patient or this is your first visit for the New Year, bring your insurance cards with you to the appointment. Update Medications Your dentist will need a list of all medications you take, including prescription medications, herbal treatments and over-the-counter drugs. Even herbal and over-the-counter medications can influence your dental treatments. For instance, if you’re routinely taking aspirin or using an herb that thins your blood, this could have a significant effect on bleeding potential if you have a procedure such as an extraction. Be sure to include all the drugs you take, including any illegal medications. Scheduling an Appointment for Diabetics Most importantly, it is critical for those with diabetes to routinely visit their dentist. Diabetics can have a higher risk of dental decay, as they may experience decreased salivary flow. Saliva is protective in nature, and naturally helps combat decay. Diabetics are also more likely to have gum disease, as it is related to poor blood sugar control. So, speak to your dentist about how frequently you should be seen and don’t miss your dental appointments. When scheduling an appointment, let the receptionist know that you are diabetic and that you prefer to see your dentist in the morning. Blood glucose levels tend to be lower in the morning, so early, short appointments are recommended. Write Down Your Questions It’s easy to forget everything you want to talk with the dentist about. Combat this by writing down all questions and concerns you have about your teeth, gums and mouth. Some common concerns you can discuss with your dentist may include: • Bleeding gums • Pain or sensitivity when eating and/or brushing teeth • Sores in your mouth that are not healing • Teeth grinding • General problems when flossing or brushing Your dentist’s office will generally call a day or two before your scheduled appointment to remind you of the day and time. Write this information down and arrange to leave early enough to arrive at the appointment on time. When the office calls to remind you of the appointment, they will also inform you of any actions you must take beforehand, such as taking any type of pre-medication. If this is your first visit with a new dentist, verify their location and ask if you should bring anything other than insurance information. To help reduce your potential stress, get plenty of rest the night before, review your checklist before leaving home and avoid rushing to the appointment.]]>