Many of us think of things all year long that we’d like to ask our various doctors. Then when it comes time for our appointment, we suddenly draw a blank.
Today we’re sharing five questions that we should all come prepared with at our next trip to the dentist.
1) How often should I schedule my routine exams and cleanings?
No two patients are the same. Therefore, no two treatment plans are the same. The average patient is recommended to visit a dentist once every six months for an exam and cleaning. However, some patients may be seen more or less often depending on their dental health. Always make sure you schedule your appointments according to your dentist’s recommendations.
2) Are there any steps I can take to improve my dental health?
There are many steps we can take on our own to prevent or reduce the risk of diseases. Ask your dentist for tips to ensure you are taking all proper steps for a healthy smile.
3) How often should I use a fluoride rinse?
Mouthrinses have several benefits including freshening breath, preventing tooth decay, reducing plaque, and preventing or reducing gingivitis. The recommended usage may be different for different rinses. Check with your dentist to find the best plan for you.
4) Do you have any recommendations for my diet?
There are simple things we can do with our diet to help our dental health. Drinking more water, limiting the amount of sugar we eat, and limiting snacks are a few. Your doctor can explain the link between a healthy diet and healthy mouth.
5) Have you seen any warning signs of a possible condition that I should relay to my doctor?
Did you know that heart conditions, diabetes and certain cancers all present warning signs in your mouth? Ask your doctor if anything of concern was detected during your exam and what signs you should be aware of.
These are just a few of the questions your dentist is available to assist you with. Don’t be afraid to speak up. We suggest keeping a list of the questions you have and bringing it to your appointment. Arming yourself with questions before a visit to your dentist office will ensure you are doing everything you can to keep your smile looking bright!