Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you notice any symptoms of periodontitis, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your dentist.
What you can do
Consider preparing a list of questions to ask your dentist. Some questions you may want to discuss include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- What kinds of tests, if any, do I need?
- What is the best course of action?
- Can I treat periodontitis on my own?
- What are the alternatives to the approach you're suggesting?
- Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?
- What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your dentist
Your dentist may ask you questions about your symptoms. He or she may ask:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- What is your oral health routine?
- What medical conditions do you have?
- What medications do you take?
- Do you use tobacco products?
Depending on the extent of your periodontitis, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for treatment.
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