You would be hard-pressed to find someone who actually enjoys going to the dentist. In fact, many people fear going. Unfortunately, it is vital that you get a cleaning twice a year to prevent any dental health issues. When attending these cleanings, it is important to mention to your dentist any health-related information that you think may be good for him or her to know. However, there are several things that you may not realize need to be addressed to your dentist. Here is a list of five that you should always mention.
Many of us suffer from headaches regularly. However, many of us do not realize that these aches can be a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), an infected tooth or a cavity. If you are consistently having headaches and are not sure as to what is the cause, you should discuss it with your dentist.
Weak and tingling feelings in arms and legs
This may seem like a weird symptom to mention to your dentist. However, similar to headaches, weak and tingling feelings in limbs is a symptom of TMJ. This feeling in your fingers and toes could also signal diabetic neuropathy. Because this is closely related to gum disease, it is crucial to mention to your dentist. Furthermore, overusing denture adhesives can result in nerve damage. If this is something you use and are dealing with these symptoms, you may need to discuss another option with your dentist.
Fatigue is a common symptom many of us deal with daily. While there are many different causes of excessive fatigue, sleep apnea is a major one. If this is the case for you, your dentist can work with you to determine the right treatment for your sleep apnea. Also, fatigue is a symptom of mercury poisoning, which can be result of metal fillings.
Women who are pregnant have many different doctor appointments to keep up with that going to the dentist may slide through. Try not to let this be the case. If you are pregnant, you should work with your dentist to ensure you maintain good oral health. Similar to the health of the rest of your body, a healthy mouth makes for a healthier baby. Furthermore, women who have gum disease while pregnant can result in more complications.
This may seem like an obvious one. However, most patients do not get a dentist’s opinion on what products are best for their mouth. There are so many different options out on the market today and all advertise different things. Phrases like “fluoride-free” or “silica blend” can oftentimes be confusing. Furthermore, each patient’s specific needs are different depending on their health history. Ask your dentist which toothbrush and toothpaste he or she recommends for your teeth. Also, inquire if there are any other issues you should be addressing when practicing oral hygiene.
Maintaining dental health is vital to sustaining your overall health. SmilesNY is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call us at 888-353-7165 to make your appointment today.