Keeping up with your routine visits is one of the most effective ways to maintain good oral health. When you visit family dentist Dr. Jennifer Schau regularly, it is easier for her to detect changes or possible problems early on. Finding a cavity or other issue early is key to effective treatment. There are a few things your Saginaw dentist will need to know at each of your routine visits. Here are five things you need to share.
Tell Your Family Dentist About Any Changes in Medications
Whether or not a staff member asks you about current medications, make sure to tell Dr. Schau about any medications you are taking or have taken recently. She needs to know about any herbal remedies, over-the-counter, and prescription medications. Even something as simple as aspirin can increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Make sure to list everything you are currently taking.
Medical Conditions or Diagnosis
Many medical conditions affect your oral health, even if they don’t seem to be related. Make sure to tell your Saginaw dentist about any new diagnoses or conditions. Even if it seems insignificant to you, or the condition is easily controlled with medications, Dr. Schau needs to know. This ensures your treatment plan will be effective and help you reach your personal dental health goals. Some of the medical conditions that can impact your oral health include:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Stomach Ulcers
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Tell Your Family Dentist if You Smoke
Whether you started or stopped smoking since your last routine exam Dr. Schau needs to know. Smoking can impact teeth and gums in a variety of ways. In fact, smoking has more of an impact on your oral health than most other habits. Your family dentist needs to know if you smoke because:
- Smoking influences the outcomes of some dental treatment
- Smoking can cause some oral diseases
- In general, smoking is not healthy. But it upsets your oral health long before it disturbs your general health.
The Presence of Oral Pain or Discomfort
Let Dr. Jennifer Schau know if you have had any tooth pain or mouth discomfort between visits. She needs to know if your teeth hurt during or after brushing and if your gums bleed. If you’ve had a toothache, let her know so she can determine if you have the start of a cavity or abscess that needs treatment.
Changes in Your Oral Hygiene Regimen
If you have changed your oral hygiene routine, let Dr. Schau know about it. Anything you do differently can affect your oral health – good or bad. She may be able to offer some advice or recommendations that are beneficial for helping you maintain good oral health. Your Saginaw dentist can help you develop a great dental hygiene routine that fits into your busy schedule and helps protect your oral health. She can also help you choose the right toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash for caring for your teeth.
Schedule a Visit with Your Saginaw Dentist
Is it time to schedule a routine exam with your family dentist? Don’t delay! Call us today and schedule your next exam. Let Dr. Schau and her team of dental professionals help you maintain good oral health.