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Have an Upcoming Dental Checkup? Be Sure to Mention These Health Factors!

March 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyrosedmdteam @ 8:10 pm
man smiling in dental mirror during checkup

At first glance, a dental checkup may seem solely focused on your teeth and gums. However, your dentist is also interested in the interconnectedness of your overall health and its impact on your smile. While some issues may arise naturally in conversation during your appointment, it’s crucial to proactively share any crucial health information with your dentist. Here are some important factors to discuss during your next visit!

Daily Oral Care

During your routine appointment, your dentist will ask about your oral hygiene routine to ensure optimal care. While they can detect plaque buildup, they may delve deeper to assess your brushing and flossing techniques. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance if needed – your dentist can offer tailored advice for achieving a thoroughly clean smile every day.

Recent Medical Diagnosis

Changes in your health status, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can significantly influence your oral health. Conditions like diabetes can increase the risk of periodontitis, a severe gum infection leading to tooth loss. Keeping your dentist informed will allow closer monitoring and proactive measures to safeguard your oral health.

Unusual Dental Symptoms

Your dentist relies on your input to detect symptoms like tooth sensitivity or gum bleeding, which may indicate underlying issues such as cavities or gum infections. Open communication allows for prompt diagnosis and targeted treatment recommendations, ensuring optimal dental health.

Jaw Pain or Headaches

Beyond teeth and gums, your dentist is also an expert in oral structures, including the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Jaw pain or headaches could signal TMJ disorder, which requires intervention to alleviate discomfort. Your dentist may suggest oral appliances to relieve joint stress and enhance comfort.

Sleep Trouble

Surprisingly, your dentist can play a role in addressing sleep issues like sleep apnea. They may conduct screenings and refer you for further evaluation if necessary. In cases of sleep apnea, oral appliances can help improve airway patency, promoting deeper, more restorative sleep.

Your dentist serves as a valuable ally in maintaining not just oral health, but overall well-being. By keeping them informed of relevant health factors, you can enjoy greater peace of mind about your smile!

About the Author

Dr. Beverly Rose obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She remains up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry by actively participating in professional organizations like the Las Vegas Institute. To schedule your upcoming dental checkup, feel free to reach out to our office online or call (321) 265-3286.

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