Have you wondered why the office receptionist in your dentist’s office asks you to update your contact information and your medical history so often? It may seem to you that these questions are redundant, you may even be annoyed at having to fill out the same forms time and again.

The fact is that your dentist and hygienist need to stay current on the medications that you are taking in order to guard against the risk for dangerous drug interaction. As far as contact information is concerned the office may need to inform you of closings or of some change in the date or time of your next appointment. They also need to know who to call in case you should become ill or are in need of transportation. It’s a good idea to keep a list of your prescription medications with you at all times. Note any over the counter products as well.

Don’t hesitate to ask. Even if your teeth and gums are healthy right now you’ll want to keep it that way. Your dental hygienist will be glad to share her insight about dental products that may have recently been introduced on the market and how they may be beneficial to you. Any tips she can give you about how to improve upon your home care regimen will be well worth knowing.

Change can indicate trouble. If you see or feel anything that is different, a lump or sore spot for instance, that doesn’t go away on its own don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment, call your dentist right away. It may be nothing but knowing that will give you peace of mind which is a lot better than putting yourself through weeks of worry.

If you’re experiencing more and more incidents of bad breath don’t be embarrassed to tell your dentist or hygienist. They can help you get to the root of the cause and prescribe a treatment plan. It may be something as simple as a change in diet, but you won’t know until you ask.

Make your next appointment with Spokane Valley Dental today. Call 509-926-6261.