What To Ask

Your Dentist

I ask a lot of questions! I want to know what is going on with me and so should you!

You are the best advocate for your own healthcare, so when you visit your dentist, be prepared to be informed and participate in the health of your mouth.

Be Open. Tell your dentist your full medical history

When we know what medications you are taking, surgeries you have had or problems with your teeth – we can offer you the best treatment. Don’t forget – your mouth is connected to your body and impacts your health!

Ask Questions. You should know what is going on during your dental appointment.

Asking “What”, “Why” and “How” will get you the answers you need.

  • What do I need to do to change?
  • Why are you doing that?
  • How will this help me?
  • What are the complications?
  • What are my choices?

Your dental team is skilled but there are 365 days in a year!

Every day that you are not in a dental chair calls for you to be an active participant in taking care of your teeth. Follow the recommendations of your dental team and come in for care as needed.  

Want more questions to ask your dentist?

Check out this easy guide here.

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Evidence-Based Dentistry

Show me the facts! Evidence-Based Dentistry does just that when considering your treatment options.

Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) helps your Dentist use scientific information, their skill, and your needs and likings to make a plan built just for you. Your tailored treatment plan may contain different prevention and treatment options. Your plan could be different depending on the dental office you visit – so just like with your medical doctor – seek a second opinion to determine what options are best for you.

At your next dental visit, talk to your dentist about your prevention, nonrestorative treatment, or restorative EBD treatment options that can keep your mouth in tip-top shape!

Prevention options, like fluoride treatments, can keep you from having to pay for more expensive treatments later on. Nonrestorative treatment options, like sealants, can be used for EARLY cavities. Restorative options, like fillings, are used for deeper cavities.

Don’t delay! See your dentist to talk about your choices.

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