Preparing for your appointment

Follow your dentist's recommended schedule for regular checkups. If you notice any symptoms of gingivitis, make an appointment with your dentist. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to do to prepare.

What you can do

To get ready for your appointment, make a list of:

  • Any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment
  • Key personal information, such as any medical conditions you may have
  • All medications you take, including vitamins, herbs or other supplements, and the dosages
  • Questions to ask your dentist to make the most of your time together

Some questions to ask your dentist may include:

  • Do you think gingivitis is causing my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests, if any, do I need?
  • Will my dental insurance cover the treatments you're recommending?
  • What are the alternatives to the approach you're suggesting?
  • What steps can I take at home to keep my gums and teeth healthy?
  • What kind of toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss do you recommend?
  • Do you recommend using mouthwash?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have?
  • 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, such as:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How often do you brush your teeth?
  • Do you use dental floss? How often?
  • How often do you see a dentist?
  • What medical conditions do you have?
  • What medications do you take?