When you’re sitting in the dental chair, you expect to hear a lot of questions from the dentist and dental hygienist, but did you ever think that there are some important questions you should be asking your dentist too? The more you know about your dental care and your dental health, the better off you are. Knowing more can help you prevent problems down the road, and also help you be aware of any changes in your oral health that could in fact be bigger issues than you initially think.
Talk and share your concerns with your dentist, just as you would with your regular doctor. Dentists and doctors too, and they specialize in one of the most important parts of your body – the mouth!
Ask these three questions to your dentist the next time you visit for a routine check up and cleaning:
1. How Can I Improve My Oral Health? Sure, everyone knows that brushing and flossing is important, but everyone’s oral health situation is also different. Your dentist will be able to give you personalized information about your mouth. You may need to switch to a softer toothbrush, incorporate a certain type of mouthwash into your teeth cleaning routine, or learn the proper way to floss. Dentists can also answer questions about products and trends in the market, such as teeth whitening treatments. Take advantage of your dentist’s wealth of knowledge in his or her area while you are in the chair!
2. What Can You Do To Improve My Oral Health? Share your concerns and issues with your dentist and they may have a great solution for you. If you’re experiencing bad breath more often than usual, or find yourself grinding your teeth from stress or at night when you sleep, your dentist will be able to give you some pointers on how to remedy these issues. They may even be able to give you a product or solution that will directly help, such as a mouthguard for nightly teeth grinding or a recommendation for a mouth spray to eliminate bad breathe. Your dentist can also tell you if any problems or concerns are part of a bigger health issue that you may need to discuss with your family doctor. Changes inside your mouth could be a result of something else happening in your body, such as diabetes.
3. What Is My Oral Health Status? You should leave the dentist feeling confident that you know more about your oral health than when you entered into the office. When checking out your teeth after a cleaning, your dentist will also look for anything out of the ordinary, such as lumps, bumps, legions, signs of teeth grinding or bone density issues. Your dentist will either confirm that everything is as it should be, or let you know areas where treatment or special care may be needed either in the immediate future or down the line.
Schedule your appointment at DentaLux today to have all of your questions answered by our trained professionals!