6 Questions To Ask Your Dentist
You see your dentist roughly twice a year. You want to make the most of these visits so try to be prepared with a list of questions for your dentist and hygienist at your next appointment
- What’s my overall oral health status? Think of this as your tooth report card. This covers the basics and opens up a detailed conversation about any concerns your dentist has about your oral health.
- Do I need to alter my oral care techniques? Piggybacking off of the last question, your dentist may say that you brush too hard, don’t floss enough, or need to alter some other part of your routine. He or she can give you better techniques to make sure you’re doing the best for your teeth.
- What can I do at home to help whiten my teeth? There are many at-home and in-office procedures for whitening teeth and your dentist knows the best and safest ones. Ask about different brands he or she trusts or if they think you might be better off with a professional procedure in their office.
- Why are x-rays important? If it’s time for your yearly x-rays, you might be wondering why they need to be taken at all. Have your dentist explain what exactly they do with your x-rays and how they use them to care for you.
- How do I prevent cavities? You may know some of the common tips, like avoiding sugar and brushing regularly but your dentist is always learning and discovering the latest ways to improve your oral care. See if he or she has any additional advice that could help you in your day to day life.
- Why are my teeth sensitive? If you’re feeling tooth sensitivity after eating cold or hot food or sweet things, be sure to tell your dentist. Your dentist can help you determine the cause of your sensitivity and give you tips on keeping the pain at bay.
Take the time during your next dental visit to get all the answers. Make a list of these questions or others you may have and use the opportunity to enhance your oral care knowledge and get the most out of your appointment!