Dentistry, Health and You

Fifty years ago, health and dental was a much different experience than it is today. Medicine and dentistry were certainly not so advanced, but dentists and doctors were much more accommodating of their patients. For example, if your kids were sick, the doctor would come to your house, at any time of the day or night to attend to them. The “bedside manner” was taken seriously.

Today, doctors and dentists are so busy, you’re lucky to get three minutes of their time during an office visit! One person weighs you, another takes your blood pressure in the room, and then the doctor whisks in to make a quick assessment and writes a prescription or orders this or that blood screening, and then they’re gone. Many times, we have health questions or other concerns, but feel rushed and just take the prescription, leaving puzzled and unsure.

Although the doctor may see your symptoms of pneumonia or arthritis on a daily basis, you don’t, and feel fearful of some aspect of your condition, needing answers to health questions that the allotted time of your appointment doesn’t allow you to explore. Your dentist sees you less frequently but knows your history.

If you’ve made an appointment to see your dentist or doctor for anything other than a routine visit, you’ll benefit by doing a little research prior to your appointment.

The net has many reliable sources of medical and dental information and the latest studies. Get on the net and do a little investigation. Let’s say your joints ache when the weather is cold and you have stiffness in your hands. Everyone would recognize a possible association with arthritis. There are several types of arthritis and what do you really know about this disease? Check several medical websites and see what you can find out about your symptoms.

As your investigation proceeds, you’ll come up with a number of dentistry and health questions your dentist office and doctor can answer, so long as you prepare a list of these dental or health questions prior to your appointment.

Perhaps you’ll find an article which details a recent study showing that cold water fish in the diet seems to benefit people with aching joints. Make a note to ask your doctor about this.

As you add to your list of dental questions and other concerns, you’ll feel more confident about your visit and the outcome. Instead of the dentist issuing a few “I see” remarks, leaving you clueless, bring your list of dental questions pertaining to your condition. Be thorough, so that when you leave the dental office, you feel that you understand your options, condition and possible treatments, including dietary changes.

When you arrive well prepared, with a list of dental or health questions, your dentist or doctor can answer your questions, leaving you with a more secure feeling and a good grip on what you can do for yourself to improve your condition. Your doctor’s/dentist’s prescription will probably resolve the problem, but it’s always comforting to know you have an understanding sufficient to help yourself.

The moral to this story and pro pointer: never leave for the dentist’s or doctor’s office without a list of relevant dental health questions in hand.

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