Content reviewed by Dr. Andrew Leoni of our Jasper Ave Dental Choice location.
Getting ready for a visit to the dentist? In addition to brushing and flossing, seeing your dentist for regular cleanings is vital to maintaining good oral health. But your bi-annual checkups aren’t just for clearing out the plaque buildup between your teeth — they’re also an opportunity for you to communicate with a professional about your health and habits.
Here are five few important questions to ask your dentist at your next appointment.
1. How Often Do I Need a Checkup?
One of the most important things you can ask your dentist is how regularly you need to come in for a tooth cleaning. Typically, twice a year is the recommended norm — but based on your health, your dentist’s recommendation can vary. Regular appointments allow you to have a professional cleaning, talk about your teeth and catch any problems early.
2. How Can I Make My Teeth Whiter?
Over the years, some tooth discoloration can occur from food and wear — especially for those who love coffee, tea, tobacco or alcohol. While some yellowing is natural, you may be concerned about the health and appearance of your teeth. Your dentist can tell you how to brighten your teeth and treat stains — so you can be more confident and more healthy.
3. What Are the Best Ways to Take Care of My Teeth?
From regular oral hygiene to preventing gingivitis and periodontitis, knowing how to care for your teeth and gums is vital. Your dentist will tell you the best ways to promote dental health and prevent problems, including actions like:
- Regular brushing and flossing
- Fluoride treatment
- Eating a balanced, healthy diet
- Avoiding tobacco
- Visiting the dentist frequently
You should also keep track of things to tell your dentist about — like tooth pain or abnormalities — so you’re both staying on top of your oral health.
4. Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?
You might wonder why you need those bitewings every year or those full-mouth X-ray series every now and then. Your dentist will help you understand why taking dental X-rays is important to understand your mouth, monitor changes and keep track of dental issues. Patients who have had orthodontic appliances or dental problems in the past may need X-rays more frequently to ensure continuing health.
5. Do I Have Tooth Sensitivity?
Sometimes your teeth will twinge or hurt when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. This could be a sign of tooth sensitivity, which indicates worn-down tooth enamel. However, it can also be a sign of other dental issues. Whenever you experience tooth pain, make sure to ask your dentist about the sensitivity so they can examine the area, catch any issues and recommend treatment.
Find Your Confidence at Dental Choice
Communicating with your dentist is key to caring for your oral health. Here at Dental Choice, we strive to develop a positive relationship with all our patients. Keep up with your teeth cleanings and dental awareness by contacting us or scheduling an appointment today.