When you go to the dentist for a checkup, your teeth will be cleaned and polished as a preventative treatment for your teeth and gums. The dentist will also examine your mouth to identify any problems.
During the cleaning and exam, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your oral health with the dentist. If you’re having trouble coming up with questions to ask, here are 6 recommendations from our office.
1. When should I schedule my next appointment?
Most dentists recommend keeping a regular schedule for cleanings and checkups, typically every six months. However, if the dentist has identified any areas of concern with your teeth, gums, or jaw, you might need to make an earlier appointment.
2. Do I have any habits that could affect my oral health?
Behavior and diet can affect your teeth. Tooth grinding, smoking, and eating sweet and acidic foods are just a few examples of habits that can cause tooth damage or promote decay. At your cleaning, make sure to ask your dentist about improving these habits to protect your teeth and oral health.
3. Are there any signs of disease?
At your checkup, the dentist will look for diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and oral cancer. Ask if there are any warning signs or indications of diseases of the mouth during your cleaning. You can also ask what symptoms to look for on your own, so you’ll know when to contact the dentist with a concern.
4. What can I do to keep my mouth healthy?
Brushing and flossing twice a day are good habits to start with to keep your mouth healthy. But there are several other oral health tips the dentist may recommend with your lifestyle and medical history in mind.
5. How can I whiten my teeth?
There are a lot of whitening products on the market. But did you know that your dentist can provide professional teeth whitening? Ask about take-home or in-office whitening procedures for an effective and safe way to whiten your teeth.
6. Do I need any further treatments?
If the dentist identifies any cavities, damaged teeth, or signs of diseases of the mouth, you may need further treatment. Make sure to ask what follow up appointments and procedures are necessary to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Now that you’re prepared for your dental cleaning, it’s time to make an appointment. Contact Howl Dental today.