Did you know that around 25% of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 have untreated dental caries (cavities)? Many of those could have been avoided with regular trips to the dentist’s office and good dentist-patient communication.
Many people don’t feel comfortable asking dental questions during their appointments, but this could lead to problems. We’re here to talk about a few questions that you should ask your dentist at your next appointment if you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Read on to learn more.
Do You Foresee Any Potential Problems?
When you go to your regular dentist’s appointment, the dentist is going to do a quick examination, ask you about any potential symptoms, and send you on your way. While some dentists will take note of things that seem like they could be problematic in the future, others will wait until the problem actually starts (or they may check again at the next appointment).
This isn’t because they’re being negligent; they just want to make sure that you don’t panic if they’re wrong.
Ask your dentist if there are any small things that they’ve noticed about your teeth that may be causes for concern in the future.
What Changes Should I Make to My Oral Hygiene Routine?
Your local dentist may have you fill out a brief questionnaire about how well you take care of your teeth, but they don’t often ask further questions as long as you’re doing the bare minimum required to keep your teeth healthy.
During your appointment, talk about your dental hygiene tools (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and toothbrush). Ask if there are other options that you should be using instead.
Some dentists will prescribe special fluoridated toothpaste if you ask, and if you’re lucky, your dental insurance may cover the cost.
Does My Treatment Have to Happen Right Away?
If you need dental procedures due to cavities, cracks, or more, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. With that in mind, it’s no secret that dental care is expensive. Dentists understand this.
Ask your dentist how long you can wait to seek treatment. As long as it isn’t an emergency, it’s likely that you’ll be able to wait at least a short while so you can save up money for your treatment.
If that’s not possible, ask if they have payment plans available.
What Kind of Post-Treatment Aftercare Do I Need?
Before you get your treatment, be it restorative or cosmetic, ask about aftercare and the healing process. Will you need someone available to drive you home? Are there any activities, foods, or drinks that you should avoid for a set amount of time after your treatment?
The best dentist around will be able to give you great aftercare tips so you can stay comfortable and make your recovery period as quick and easy as possible.
Never Be Afraid to Ask Dental Questions
Asking dental questions should be a part of any dentist’s appointment. Sure, your appointment may just be for a general check-up or cleaning session, but your dentist is there to make sure that your teeth stay healthy. If you’re not sure about something, they’ll be happy to explain it to you!
Start writing down questions for your next appointment!
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