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Often, patients go to the dentist, have their teeth examined and cleaned, and never ask a single question about their dental health or a procedure their dentist has recommended. Now is not the time to keep your mouth shut! Some of the following topics are those you shouldn’t be shy about discussing with your dentist.
- Ask your dentist how you are doing with your at home oral health care. Are you brushing enough? What types of brushes and floss should you be using? Ask whatever you feel is necessary to make sure you are doing everything possible at home to help keep your teeth and gums in the best condition between dental checkups.
- If you’ve been thinking about whitening your teeth, ask your dentist what procedures are available in the office and what results you can expect. Find out the cost and ask if an over the counter product would be just as effective for what you have in mind.
- Check with your dentist if you notice anything different happening with your teeth and gums. Ask if there are any signs and symptoms you need to be aware of and what you can do it you notice any of these things. Many times your dentist can detect something going on with your overall health by a condition happening in your mouth.
- Ask your doctor if there are any new updates in cosmetic dental procedures. When considering a procedure you want to make sure you are informed on all the latest technology.
- Ask your dentist what you need to know about the history of your general health and any medications as it relates to your dental care. There are medications and medical conditions that may affect the health of your teeth and gums.
- Check with your dentist about general diet and what you should be eating and what you can change to improve your oral health.
- Ask your dentist how often you need to come in for regular dental visits. Many people come in every six months for a checkup and cleaning but there are those who have increased plaque buildup and may need more frequent visits.
When visiting your dentist you want to make sure you get the most out of your time in the chair. Now is not the time to be shy. Your mouth is open anyway, take advantage and speak up!