Throughout 2020, more than 46% of people surveyed admitted that they put off going to the dentist due to the pandemic. If you’re part of that group and ready to get back to your regularly scheduled dental care, now is a good time to think about any concerns you may have about your oral hygiene.
Looking for guidance? We can help! Keep reading to learn about the most important questions to ask your dentist at your next appointment.
- What Is the State of My Overall Oral Health?
While your dentist will bring up any big areas of concern, it’s helpful for you to ask questions to dig a little deeper about the overall state of your mouth. By asking this question, your dentist can give you a better sense of whether you’re brushing and flossing correctly and if there’s anything you can do now to prevent future issues.
The dental team you work with can also point out any potential cavity spots and give you tips on how to prevent gum disease so your mouth stays healthy.
- What Kind of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
Are you using the right tools for your daily dental care? Your dentist can give you helpful guidance on the type of toothbrush that makes the most sense for your teeth. For example, while hard bristle brushes are great for removing plaque, they may damage sensitive gums in the process. Similarly, your dentist can explain the pros and cons of an electric toothbrush vs a manual one.
Beyond that, your dentist can make recommendations about the best type of toothpaste to use depending on your teeth.
- Are There Any Foods I Should Avoid?
Unfortunately, some foods are simply not good for your teeth. Asking your dentist about whether there’s anything you should avoid eating can help you better understand how to prevent damage to your teeth.
Of course, you may not want to completely eliminate any food (or drink!) from your diet, but having this information can help you figure out what you should have in moderation.
- Is There Anything I Should Talk About With My Doctor?
Getting your teeth checked is about more than just seeing if you have any cavities and getting a cleaning. Your mouth can actually be an indicator of your overall health. In fact, issues in your mouth can even be an indicator of serious health problems like heart disease.
When you meet with your dentist, ask them about any potential deficiencies or other health issues they may have noticed so you know whether you need to talk to your doctor in more detail.
Be Prepared for Your Dentist Appointment
Now that you’ve read through this brief guide, you should have a better understanding of what you need to ask your dentist at your next appointment. By being proactive, you will have a better understanding of your oral health and know whether you need to take any specific actions to keep your teeth and gums in good shape.
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