Coming to the dentist office can seem like you’ve crossed some invisible border into a land with a foreign language!
Yes, we often do speak another language but the goal is never to confuse you. Our goal is to create a team atmosphere to ensure you get the best care, you deserve it.
To that end we would like to suggest some ways you can get the most out of your dental visits.
- Ask questions. The fact is we love to talk about dentistry, anytime you need a better understanding, just ask!
- Don’t be shy to let us know if something “just doesn’t feel right” in your mouth in the time leading up to your appointment. You are the expert on what’s normal for you, if you feel something is off we’d like to help you figure that out. It can be as simple as a drier than normal mouth or maybe a sore that just won’t heal. Let us know what concerns you.
- Let us know about any changes you experience in your overall health. A lot of people think of their oral health as separate from the body as a whole. It’s really very interconnected. Practically everyday science finds another link between oral health and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, even rheumatoid arthritis. We want to know about you as a whole person, not just a mouth.
- Let us know if you are experiencing extra stress in your life. Some of the most common ways to express stress are grinding and clenching our teeth. This can result in sore, stiff muscles in the jaw and neck. Worse, it can cause loss of enamel and something called abfractions (sensitive furrows in the teeth along the gum line).
Basically, we want to hear about you. We try to ask all the right questions but let us know what’s on your mind too. Our goal is prevention of dental problems and the more information we have the better we can achieve that goal.
Thank you for putting your trust in Dr. Bickel and Redmond Art of Dentistry, we look forward to seeing you soon!