At Burning Tree Family Dentistry, we understand the deep connection that your oral health has to the rest of your body. When your mouth is healthy, that translates to the rest of the body. Conversely, when your mouth is unhealthy, it can also translate to the rest of your body. Therefore, we proactively approach even the most routine of dental cleanings with concern for your overall health. You may notice us asking other questions to make sure your routine dental cleanings can prevent costly and more involved dental procedures.
When you come in for a dental cleaning, you can expect to be asked a number of questions. Here are a few of those topics you can expect:
Your Dental Health:
As you might expect, we want to know about how your mouth is doing since we last saw you. You only get one set of teeth, so we want to make sure we can maintain health in your mouth for the years to come. We want to know about:
- Any changes in your mouth or teeth since your last appointment
- Any tooth sensitivity or pain
- Any suspected cavities
- Any questions or concerns you have about your teeth
- Any concerns with sores or lumps in your mouth
Your General Health:
The deep connection between your oral health and your overall health is so strong that we want to know about any changes in your overall health. You would be surprised to know how many systemic conditions affect your mouth and the caution we put on certain dental procedures because of it. We want to know:
- Any new medications you are taking
- Any new diagnosed conditions or diseases
- Any overall health concerns you have (even if you haven’t talked to any doctor about them)
- What your stress levels are like
At Burning Tree Family Dentistry, we understand that many people have fears associated with the dentist. Many of these can be traced back to childhood. We also understand that the dentist office is not always a comfortable or “fun” place to go for many people. When we understand your emotional triggers to the dentist, we can help you manage those emotions, fears, and anxiety with the dentist office. We also want our patients to feel comfortable asking questions about the procedures so that they can understand what to expect. We want to know about:
- Any past anxieties with the dentist
- Any phobias or concerns you have with the procedures
We consider our Franktown, Colorado patients to be family. We know that awkward moment of the hygienist asking how life is going as they are moving tools around to clean your teeth. While we try to avoid that, we know it happens! Even still, we genuinely want to knowwhat is new with you and your family. We are all real people with real families, real hobbies, and a real love for life. Getting to know our patients is the highlight of our day!
We feel like we have the best job in the world. We get to promote health for our patients, while getting to know them and their passions. Don’t be surprised if you do a lot of talking when you come in for a cleaning. We believe that open communication about your health and lifestyle can help promote a better well-being. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment!