A Checklist for Your Next Dental Visit

   At the dentist, you want to make sure you ask questions. After all, dental visits are the best place to get your questions answered by a professional. However, if you leave thinking about what questions you want answered until you are in the dental chair, it is easy to forget what issues are important to you.  Hence, putting together a checklist for your next dental visit is a great idea.


   First of all, remember that visiting the dentist twice per year will help you establish a strong line of communication. This is crucial to relieving dental anxiety and helping you to view your dentist as a partner and not a foe in long term oral healthcare!

   Here are three questions to consider putting on a checklist for your next dental visit:

  1. How Can I Improve My Oral Hygiene Care at Home?

Having a solid oral healthcare routine of brushing and flossing daily is essential to happy teeth and gums. This will affect your overall health in a positive way since problems in the mouth like an infection can spread to the whole body. Your dentist will advise you on how to take your oral healthcare to the next level, maybe encouraging you to use an electric toothbrush, to limit certain tooth damaging foods or drinks, or explaining how to floss properly.


  1. My Gums Bleed When I Brush and Floss. Is That Bad?

This can be an early warning sign of gum disease known as periodontitis. When left uncared for, serious problems can occur resulting in the need for painful dental treatment. Therefore this is excellent to have on a checklist for your next dental visit. Your dentist can devise a treatment plan, after determining the cause of bleeding. In its early stages, periodontitis can often be treated with a deep cleaning.


  1. Despite Cleaning My Teeth Often, My Teeth Are Stained. What Can I Do?

This is often a matter of what we eat and drink. For example, wine and coffee are some of the biggest culprits. Your dentist can explain the latest whitening options that offer painless and fast results.



Let Us Know What You Have on Your Checklist!

   At Rancho Dental, our goal is to give you the smile you desire. At your next visit, let Dr. Perry know what you put on a checklist for your next dental visit!