Humans are inquisitive by nature and it’s only natural for us to want to learn as much as we can about maintaining our health. Your dentist can provide you with a wealth of knowledge about your oral hygiene, but sometimes it’s hard to think of the right things to ask when you’re on the spot in the dental chair. Next time you visit the dentist, be sure to ask these important questions so you can go home ready to fight plaque like a professional!
1. How can I keep up my oral hygiene in between visits?
Many Americans visit their dentist every six months, but as many as 100 million Americans won’t see a dentist at all this year! While you leave the dentist’s office feeling fresh, it’s important to keep this good thing going before your next visit. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Avoiding tobacco and sugary foods is also instrumental in your oral health. Check in with your dentist to see if there’s anything they would recommend that you do for your oral health issues in particular to ensure that you have great teeth and gums all year round.
2. Am I getting enough fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps to strengthen dental enamel, helping your teeth avoid cavities and decay. Tap water in the United States is enriched with fluoride, but it’s important to use a toothpaste containing it as well to ensure your teeth are fully protected. Your dentist can tell you at your checkup whether or not you need to be using more of it in your oral healthcare regimen.
3. I’ve been dealing with [insert oral health issue here]—is there anything you can do?
While your dentist will surely let you know if there are any obvious oral health issues occurring, it’s never going to hurt to ask for more information about problems you may have noticed at home. For example, if you’ve noticed jaw popping sounds, issues with swallowing, or even snoring, now is the time to bring it up. By alerting your dentist to all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, you could potentially prevent larger oral health issues down the road!
4. What other things can I do to improve my oral health?
On top of a diligent brushing routine and avoiding sugar and tobacco, there are other small adjustments your dentist may suggest that you make to your lifestyle to improve your oral health. A balanced diet rich in plants and low in processed foods is a great place to start for any aspect of your health. If any part of your life changes, like developing a disease, getting pregnant, or starting a medication, talk to your dentist about how these changes may impact your oral health and what steps you should take to address it.
If you’re prepared with questions for your dentist, they will be able to provide you with tailored advice and insights to fit your individual health and lifestyle. You’ll leave the dentists chair ready to take your oral hygiene regimen to the next level.
If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule your next dental checkup, give us a call at Dental Roots in Naperville today!