There are certain questions everyone should be asking their dentist and hygienist every time they visit the dentist. The following questions will help you to be an informed patient, up to date on the latest dental practices, and how to improve your oral health.
Is my dental chart up to date?
To make sure your dental chart is up to date be sure to tell your dental hygienist and dentist if you are taking a new medication or if there have been changes to your medications. It is important that your dentist is aware of all medication you take to avoid possible procedure complications. Physical health can affect your oral health, be sure to tell your dentist if you have had any major health concerns since your last dental appointment. If you think you may forget to mention medication or health changes it is a good practice to make a list before your appointment.
What can I do to improve my dental health?
Your dental hygienist and dentist will advise you on how to take care of dental problems but it is a good idea to ask what you can do to improve the condition of your teeth and gums. Ask if there are any new products, cleaning techniques, or procedures your dentist recommends to improve your oral care. Your dentist and hygienist will be happy to help you get the healthiest and brightest smile possible.
What information should I tell my dentist?
It is important to tell your dentist if there are any major changes in your health, this includes if you are pregnant or have a medical condition that can affect you immune system. In the same way you should tell your doctor if you have had any serious oral health issues.
Like your doctor your dentist will monitor your health to help keep your body and mouth healthy.
Are there any visible problems in my mouth?
Tell your dentist if you have noticed any bumps or sores in your mouth. You should also ask your dentist if he/she sees any conditions that you should monitor. Sores or bumps in the mouth can be a sign of a serious dental problem such as oral cancer, infection, or other issue. If you can feel something that feels abnormal but is not visible be sure to tell your dentist.
Why does my breath have an unusual or strange odor or why is my mouth unusually dry?
An unusually dry mouth may be a sign of an issue with the saliva glands. This can be caused by a medication or may be a sign of diabetes. Bad breath can have a number of different causes including an infection. If these conditions are persistent or bothersome be sure to ask your dentist what could be the cause and what can be done to improve the issues.
Ask about pain or sensitivity issues
If you have experienced mouth pain or sensitivity issues, be sure to ask your dentist about it as these can be early signs of a serious problem. Tooth decay, teeth grinding, gingivitis, and jaw clenching can cause pain in the gum line, jaw and neck. Sensitivities can be a sign of tooth decay or tooth damage.
When should I make my next appointment?
This question should be asked at every dental appointment. Making an appointment before leaving the dental office will prevent you from forgetting to make an appointment. Healthy teeth and gums require professional cleaning every six months.
What are Catechins and why they beneficial?
Catechins are an antioxidant with dietary and health benefits. Catechins are found in broccoli, spinach dark chocolate, acai berries, pomegranates, red wine, goji berries, blackberries, and green tea.