Do you have a checkup with your dentist coming up? If so, good for you! In addition to your oral hygiene routine, going to visit your dentist regularly for an exam and cleaning is essential for a healthy smile. You can even take it another step further by being prepared with certain questions for your dentist. This will ensure you are doing all you can to keep your gums and teeth in great condition. Here are four great questions to ask your dentist at your next checkup for your best smile yet!
#1. “How Can I Improve My Oral Health?”
A great dental routine involves brushing twice daily and flossing at least one time a day. While these essential habits are key to keeping your pearly whites and gums healthy, you can always ask your dentist for any additional practices you could begin. For example, they can give you insight into specific techniques to effectively remove plaque from your teeth or they can recommend current products that can take your oral health routine to the next level!
#2. “Are There Any Treatments or Procedures I Could Benefit From?”
The advances in dental technology and techniques have come a long way. Now, there are so many options to restore, improve, or perfect your smile! As a matter of fact, restorative and cosmetic treatments can not only elevate your appearance but protect and improve your oral health. From veneers to laser dentistry, there are many treatments to help your grin. Ask your dentist if they think one will benefit you.
#3. “Is There Anything I Should Update My Primary Care Doctor About?”
Ready for a shocking fact? It’s estimated that 90% of health conditions have oral symptoms. The health of your mouth can be used as a sign of your overall well-being. Since your dentist can see warning signs for health concerns such as diabetes, oral cancer, and osteoporosis, it’s important to visit them for your regular checkups. If they do notice anything unusual, you can let your primary physician know as soon as possible so you can get the treatment you need.
#4. “When Should I Schedule My Next Visit?”
In general, it is recommended to get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. However, if your dentist suggests some restorative care or you are interested in enhancing your smile with a cosmetic dental treatment, you may need to schedule an appointment sooner. To ensure everything goes smoothly, be sure you are clear about the next steps before setting your next dental visit.
Asking your dentist questions is a wonderful way to be proactive about your dental health. As a matter of fact, they welcome your inquiries! By having an open dialogue with your dentist, you are sure to keep your oral health in top condition for many years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Saba Abernethy and her team at Diamond Hill Dental keep the smiles of Cumberland healthy and thriving. She earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, a designation only 6% of dentists have, and is a member of several dental associations. With a focus on providing high-quality care catered to your needs and wants, she offers a range of comprehensive dental services. To schedule a checkup, contact her through her website or call (401) 333-2700.