Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Here's information to help you get ready for your appointment, and to know what to expect from your doctor or dentist.

What you can do

Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor or dentist, including:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Can I wait to see if the condition clears up on its own?
  • What kind of follow-up, if any, should I expect?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor or dentist

Your doctor or dentist may ask you questions about your symptoms and dental care practices, including:

  • When did you first notice the symptoms?
  • Is the condition bothersome?
  • Are your symptoms occasional or continuous?
  • How often do you brush your teeth or clean your dentures?
  • How often do you floss?
  • What kind of mouthwash do you use?
  • How much coffee or tea do you drink?
  • Do you use tobacco products?
  • What medications, herbal products or other supplements do you take?
  • Do you breathe through your mouth?
  • Have you had any recent infections or illnesses?
  • Have you had any recent mouth infections or other mouth symptoms?
May 16, 2014