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If you missed part 1, find it here.

This week, we’re finishing the two part series about making the most of your visit to the dentist. Moving right along, here are some more tips for optimizing your time and energy when sitting in the patient’s chair in the office.

Be Honest

When your dentist asks you questions, it’s not for personal reasons. So answer the truthfully; don’t worry about your dentist judging you for not flossing every day or eating too much candy. They understand that you are human and they aren’t expecting u to be perfect. Being honest gives your dentist a better picture of your oral health and allows your dentist to help you more effectively and give you better advice

Get Advice

On that note, make sure you do ask for advice. Find out what you can do better, what you could watch out for. After spending time looking all around your mouth, your dentist should know it better than anyone. Your dentist is there for you as your resource, so make use of it.

Ask for Options

If your dentist is recommending a treatment or you’ve come up against complications, you’re likely to see some intimidating price tags. If money is tight, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for lower cost options. A sympathetic dentist will work with you, not against you. Letting your dentist know about your financial situation is nothing to be ashamed of. Many times, your dental clinic might have forgiving payment plans and sliding scale pricing programs. You don’t have anything to lose by asking, and it could end up making world of difference in the end. The alternative, putting off the dentist entirely, usually ends up costing a lot more when you’re forced back because of pain or complications. Prevention is always the best option!

If it’s time for your biannual dental visit, contact Lakeway Center today to schedule an appointment.