Ask Your Dentist!
The best question is the one that is asked. If you don’t know, ask your dentist while they’re right in front of you. You may be surprised by what your dentist has to say, so feel free to fire away. Getting answers to your questions while you’re in the office prevents you from worrying or wondering about something later on. Plus, you’ll leave your visit with a well-rounded understanding of how to better your oral health outside of your appointment. Knowledge is power after all.
What Dental Products Do You Recommend?
Dental products are not all made the same. One toothpaste may be too abrasive (too rough on your teeth), for example. Your dentist can recommend top-notch brands to check out. It’s a good idea to ask your dentist if they sell any products in-office. This way, you can leave your appointment with dentist-recommended merchandise. Cross that off your shopping list. Here are some products to ask about:
To learn more about our dental product recommendations, read our previous blog here.
What Can I Do to Ease My Dental Anxiety?
Does seeing the dentist give you the chills? Not to worry. Your first dental appointment will be easy breezy because we’re just taking a look at the health of your mouth. While you’re here, you can ask your dentist about dental anxiety management. Having this conversation with your dentist is important because they can give you tips and tricks for easing anxieties for your unique situation. Depending on the severity, offices may recommend sedation options to choose from too. Once you get your questions answered, you should feel so much more confident about tackling future visits. That’s a relief!
How Can I Improve My Oral Health in the Future?
Nobody’s perfect. It’s true. That’s why you should ask your dentist about how you can improve your oral health before your next appointment. Sometimes your dentist’s recommendations will be straightforward, but at other times, the answer may be something you have not considered. Of course, if you’re not flossing, your dentist will recommend that you get on that ASAP. That said, they may have other thoughtful recommendations like brushing your teeth more gently. Getting an answer to this question is a great way to set an oral health goal for yourself.
Do You See Any Signs of Teeth Grinding?
Anybody can grind their teeth and not realize it. Your dentist can notice signs such as worn down teeth and inner cheek damage. When you become aware of teeth grinding, you have the opportunity to prevent serious damage from occurring. A night guard for teeth clenching is our go-to because it can keep your teeth safe while you sleep. Keep in mind that a guard does not stop the grinding, but rather, it protects your teeth from the impact. Put a stop to teeth grinding for good by checking out one of our former articles here.
What’s My Next Step?
While you’re in the chair, your dentist should be able to tell you what your next appointment will involve. Even if everything looks nice and healthy, we’ll recommend that you return for regular teeth cleanings and exams. In the event that you have treatment to take care of, make sure you ask your dentist about the next step. Breaking things up into steps will help decrease any overwhelming feelings about upcoming appointments. Just take one step at a time. At the end of the day, that’s all you need.
Always Be Curious
We always encourage patients to ask questions at their appointments. If you do have a question or concern that comes up after your appointment, you can always give us a call. We’ll get you an answer that will satisfy your needs. Wondering about how to schedule an appointment with us? It’s easy. Reach out to us today.