Do you have a good relationship with your dentist?
It’s very important to trust your dentist and hygienist, especially since they have their fingers in your mouth on a regular basis.
You want to make sure that the person you’re putting in charge of your oral health (and your overall health!) is going to listen to you and provide you with the best possible treatment.
How do I choose the right team to take care of my teeth?
No matter how often you visit the dentist, you want to make sure that you have a strong connection with the team working on your teeth.
That begins with the hygienists. They’re the ones you see first. When you go for your appointment, they’ll often ask you about your brushing and flossing habits and you may be embarrassed to tell the truth. Whether you brush once or twice a day, and you floss regularly or not at all, you should feel comfortable being honest.
Your hygienist should not make you feel guilty about your habits. They should offer suggestions on how your gums could become healthier. Those suggestions may include brushing twice per day with a good electric toothbrush, floss every night, and maybe even use a Waterpik to flush debris out from under your gums.
When it comes time to seeing the dentist, you should feel that same level of care and compassion you experienced with the hygienist. You should expect to receive honesty, transparency, and all of your options when they recommend any sort of treatment.
Why does my dentist ask so many questions?
Good dentists and hygienists will always have excellent oral hygiene, and they should want the same for you. They should also be passionate about dental health. That passion can shine through in a variety of ways. In Dr. Stevens’s office, for example, they are always looking out for each other. They take pictures and x-rays of each others’ teeth, clean each others’ gums every three months so that they don’t bleed, and replace old fillings when the time comes.
This passion extends to their patients as well.
When you trust Dr. Stevens and her team to take care of your oral health, you’ll be treated like family. That means that they will only provide treatment and recommendations that they would feel comfortable offering to their loved ones.
But on the other hand, they aren’t the only ones responsible for your oral health. You also have to take initiative. Unless you want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to have them come to your house twice a day to manage your oral health, you have to follow through on their recommendations if you want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.
This is important because your whole body can only be as healthy as your mouth. Everything you do with your mouth, whether it’s eating, drinking, breathing, or kissing your loved one, has the opportunity to spread bacteria.
So maybe having a dentist who doesn’t ask tons of questions would be less “annoying,” but is it worth missing out on having the healthiest mouth possible?
Where can I find a patient and caring dentist in Ottawa?
If you’re looking for a dentist who will do everything in their power to make sure your oral health is at its peak, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens today.