Why does the dentist ask if I am taking any medication? Why is it so important for them to know?
It is vital that we know what medication you are currently taking so that we can be sure that any medicines we prescribe or local anaesthetic we use will not interfere with your current medication. It can also explain anything unusual in your mouth, such as a dry mouth, which could result from your medications.
This is why we ask new patients to complete our personal dental assessment, and we ask all patients to keep us informed of any changes in their general health, medical conditions and medication.
What can I do to help me relax during treatment?
It is important to tell us if you are nervous about your visit to us, that way we can do all we can to help you relax. Having dealt with nervous patients for years, our team have picked up a few handy tips for helping you to feel less anxious at your appointment:
• Whenever possible, book your appointment at a time of day when you feel at your best, and when you do not have any other commitments to worry about.
• Allow plenty of time for your appointment - arriving in a rush, or having to rush off afterwards may make you feel more nervous.
• Talk to your dentist. The more your dentist knows about how you're feeling, the more they can understand your needs and help you to feel at ease. Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable speaking to the dentist, our nurses or reception team are always on hand to help out, hold a nervous hand or make a cup of tea and lend a listening ear. Our team will always put you first.
Can I ask the dentist to stop during treatment if I need to?
Yes, you are in the driving seat! You can just tell us, or raise your hand if you feel you need a break during treatment. You will then be given as long as you need to feel comfortable with proceeding.
How can I minimise the amount of treatment I will need in the future?
Your dentist and hygienist will work closely with you to help you establish and maintain a thorough oral health programme. With regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, and with good diet and oral hygiene at home, you will have a brighter, healthier smile.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Most people don't change their toothbrush nearly as often as they should!
Toothbrushes should always be changed at least at the first signs of fraying. Old, frayed bristles are ineffective and can harbour bacteria. Most dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every 2-3 months. Children may need a new toothbrush more often, as they tend to get frayed more quickly.
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is an effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth, without damaging the teeth in any way.
At Oak Lodge, we offer home whitening. You can then choose when and how regularly you would like to whiten your teeth. We find you get can results from the first application and you can then top up at your convenience.