Why Do Dentists Do That?
You’re encouraged to ask questions during your dental appointments. The dentists welcome any questions that you might have about your oral health. It gives them an opportunity to educate you and it shows that you are interested in taking care of your health. But, have you ever found yourself in a New Holland dental office with questions that you weren’t sure if you could ask? It’s okay.
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
Why does the dentist ask about your medical history… all of the time? Dentists know that your health can change drastically between appointments, from your medications to your stress level, and this information could impact the type of anesthetics that are used, the homecare products that are recommended, or the dentist may need to consult with your physician prior to your visit.
Blow air on your teeth? The dentist uses air to blow away saliva so that the teeth are dry. Plaque, tartar, cavities, and fracture lines become more visible to the dentist and the dentist needs the clearest possible view of your teeth in order to properly diagnose dental problems.
Pick at your teeth with that hook? The instrument, called an explorer, enables the dentist to find soft places in the enamel that could be cavities. It’s also used to check the edges of fillings and crowns for gaps or roughness.
Want to do treatment when nothing is bothering you? The dentist is committed to preventing dental problems before they can harm your health. Dentists are trained to identify early dental problems and treat them as conservatively as possible. Often times, pain is an indication that the problem has become so advanced that a more aggressive and costly treatment is necessary.
Sometimes, the things that happen in during your dental appointment may seem strange, but there’s a good reason for all of it. Dentists in New Holland welcome any kind of question, even if it isn’t directly related to your teeth. For more answers, call and schedule your appointment today.