During a dental checkup, the dentist probably conducts an examination of the mouth and performs a dental cleaning. Unfortunately, most people do not take this chance to ask the dentist any questions about oral health concerns or issues.
A visit to the dentist’s office should involve more than just an examination and dental cleaning. It’s also an excellent opportunity to pick your dentist’s brain and learn more about oral health.
Let’s take a look at a few questions you might want to ask your dentist during your next checkup:
Q. What is the best way to whiten my teeth
Your dentist can provide you with lots of valuable information about professional whitening treatments and at-home whiteners. Your dentist can also explain why certain beverages and foods tend to stain your teeth more than others.
Your dentist will examine your teeth to see if you have extrinsic or intrinsic stains. Whitening treatments will work for extrinsic stains, but veneers and composite bonding might be necessary to deal with intrinsic stains.
Q. How can I make my gums and teeth healthier?
Your dentist can provide a lot of valuable information on how to properly take care of your teeth and gums. The dentist will talk to you about the importance of using toothpaste that contains fluoride, limiting how much sugar you consume, eating a balanced diet and avoiding bad habits like smoking/biting your nails.
Q. Why are my teeth so sensitive?
If you have sensitive teeth, you certainly want to talk to your dentist about it. Tooth sensitivity is usually the result of damaged enamel that is no longer able to properly protect the pulp and dentin from the temperatures of the foods and beverages you consume. The enamel of your teeth can become damaged as a result of a handful of things like tooth decay, receding gums, or chipped or fractured teeth. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the cause of the sensitivity you are experiencing and perform any restorative treatments that are necessary.
Q. What’s the point of using mouthwash?
Your dentist can explain all the benefits and disadvantages of using mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Your dentist might even recommend a particular type of mouthwash for you to use to help you to deal with issues that are unique to your mouth.
Overall, the benefits of mouthwash outweigh any disadvantages. A good mouthwash helps prevent tooth decay and gum diseases, plus it leaves you with noticeably fresher breath.
Q. How healthy is your mouth?
Your dentist will likely talk to you about the condition of your mouth even if you do not ask, but it is often best to cut to the chase and ask your dentist any direct questions you have about your oral health. You might want to know how well your teeth are holding up compared to your peers or if one of your bad habits like smoking has done significant damage to your teeth.
Contact Feist Siegert Dental to learn more about the type of questions you should be asking during your next appointment.
Call (608) 466-4227 today to reach Feist Siegert Dental.
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