Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist at Your Next

Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist at Your Next Checkup

Dentists are usually the ones asking questions during your appointments, and when your mouth is free of hands and tools, it’s important to ask them questions too! Poor dental health can affect your overall health, so asking your dentist for a few of the following tips at your next check-up is one way to ensure that your oral health is the best it can be.

What can I do To Improve My Dental Health?

Everyone’s mouth is different, but your dentist can recommend a dental hygiene routine customized to your individual needs. They’ll tell you if you need to brush more frequently, how often you should change your toothbrush, and how often you should be flossing. Even a small update to your routine can have a big impact on your dental health.

What is your policy for after-hour emergencies?

While planning for a dental crisis may not be the most fun way to spend an afternoon, it could save you time and panic during life’s unexpected moments. Inquiring about your dentist office’s policies ahead of time will help you to remain calm in the event of an emergency. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

What is the Right Way to Floss?

Your dentist or a dental hygienist will be able to explain the correct way to floss your teeth. If you want a demonstration, ask your hygienist for a mirror before your cleaning.

Which Toothbrush/Toothpaste Should I Be Using?

The dentist will be able to list the pros and cons of different toothpastes and toothbrushes to help you find the brand that best fits your unique needs. Don’t hesitate to ask about new brands or new toothbrush technology; there’s no better expert than your dentist.

Is There Any Evidence That I’m Grinding My teeth?

It’s common for people to grind their teeth unknowingly. You should inform your dentist if you have any symptoms of teeth grinding. These symptoms include clicking or popping of your jaw, stiff shoulders, headaches, earache, or facial muscle pain. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, tell your dentist so you can discuss treatment options.

Are my medications affecting my oral health?

There are many medications, including those prescribed by a doctor and those purchased over the counter, that can affect oral health. Side effects of these medications include dry mouth, increased risk of oral fungal infection, acid damage, and increased risk of tooth decay. Providing a health history, which includes both prescription and over-the counter products is a good way to help your dentist determine if your medications are affecting your oral health.

Is there anything I should tell my family doctor?

Oral health is linked to many other health conditions. Asking your dentist if you should inform your family doctor of an oral health issue ensures that all your doctors are on the same page and can effectively provide you with the care you need.

The dentists at Family SmileCare Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are more than happy to answer these questions as well as any other questions you may have. Feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment!

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