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Going to the Dentist? 2 Services You May Want to Request

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When you have a dental appointment on the horizon, you may be prepared to simply show up, sit in the chair, have your regular cleaning, and then go home. However, your dentist can be a wellspring of information and it's important for you to take an active stance so you can get the most out of the visit. There are some important services that you may want to request which can provide you with incredibly beneficial information. When you see your dentist, make a request to have the following services.

Request a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation

Whether you have a family history of gum disease or not, it's still a good idea for you to get a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE.) A CPE can convey some valuable data that you may not be able to ascertain from a surface inspection of your teeth.

The CPE gets its name because it is just that:  Comprehensive. During the CPE, your dentist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, plaque level, bite, and your jawbone. The dentist will also go through some of the major risk factors which are based on your lifestyle. If you are in the early stages of gum disease, your dentist may be able to suggest some treatments and changes you can make which can halt or even reverse the problem. You'll walk away from the CPE much more knowledgeable about what you can do to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

Request a Professional Teeth Whitening Session

It's also a good idea for you to ask your dentist for a professional teeth whitening session. Those over-the-counter teeth whitening agents may not be powerful enough to deliver the kind of results that you're looking for. Your dentist can use professional-strength chemicals which are strong enough to help you achieve a dazzling smile. 

Keep in mind that if you want to have your teeth whitened, it's always advisable for you to request this service ahead of time. Your dentist may need to order the ingredients before you arrive so if you give them a heads up; they'll be ready.

Your dentist can do so much more than just remove plaque from your mouth or extract a painful wisdom tooth. They have the tools and experience to offer you an incredible array of helpful services if you would only ask. Request these dentistry services from your dentist so they can work for you.