It is important that you feel comfortable with the person who is treating you. To put your mind at ease, it is a good idea to ask your dental practice questions about their awareness of LGBT patients’ needs. At first you can do this by telephone and you won’t have to give any details that you don’t feel happy giving.
You can use this as an opportunity to discuss any health conditions you may have. This will allow the dental team to share their knowledge and tell you how they can help you.
When you’re choosing the right practice to visit, it is important to feel confident that the dentist understands your needs.
Whatever dentist you choose, you can be sure:
- You are in a safe place where, if you choose, you can disclose information about your trans status, gender history and sexual orientation.
- No-one there will make assumptions about you simply because you are LGBT.
- Information about you will be treated confidentially and you will not lose control over what other people know about you.
- You will be treated with respect and without discrimination or judgement.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.