What every patient should know before their next appointment
Dentist and dental hygienists ask each patient extensive questions about his or her oral health, hygiene, and lifestyle habits during every visit. At your next dental appointment, make sure you take advantage of the time you have with your dentist, and pose some questions for him or her so you can improve your dental care routine.
Here is a list of questions you should ask your dentist at your next appointment so that you can be proactive about improving your oral health.
How is my overall dental care?
The first question you should ask your dentist is about the overall health of your mouth and teeth. General exams of the mouth area can give dentists a good idea about the status of your oral health. Checking for any lumps that don’t belong, signs of teeth grinding, and gauging for bone density are all general examinations your dentist can perform to ensure that your mouth is healthy.
What foods are good/bad for my teeth?
Don’t underestimate the effect food and drinks can have on your teeth and gums. Ask your dentist for a specific list of foods and drinks that can be damaging to your mouth, and an explanation on what impacts they can have.
Additionally, ask your dentist about which foods you should be gravitating toward including as part of your dental care routine. Some foods like almonds or leafy greens have nutritional properties that can help you fend off mouth diseases and avoid cavities.
What products and tools should I be using?
With so many types of toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market, it can be intimidating when it comes to choosing the right one for your needs. Speak to your dentist about what he/she recommends you need, or products that can help with certain oral conditions, like gum disease or plaque buildup.
Is there anything I should tell my family doctor about?
Studies suggest the links between oral health and overall health are very closely related. That’s because your oral health offers clues about your general well-being, as many health concerns that affect the entire body can begin in the mouth.
While your dentist is examining your mouth and noting any potential concerns, ask him/her if there are any red flags that you should relay to your doctor.
Remember to bring this list of questions with you at your next dental appointment. Get to know our Dental Health Services and Dental Providers at Sadler Health Center, and learn how to Become A Patient.