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Dentist Dialogue: Questions to Ask at Dental Checkups

March 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentalexpressions @ 3:00 pm
Patient and dentist talking about dental checkups

Regular dental checkups are important for supporting good oral health and preventing costly problems. But these appointments aren’t just about the dentist examining your teeth—they’re also an opportunity for you to actively engage! To make the most of your next dental checkup, here are ten great questions to discuss with your dentist.

1. How Is My Overall Oral Health?

Understanding the current state of your oral health is important for making informed decisions about your dental care. Ask your dentist for an assessment of your overall oral health and any areas of concern.

2. How Can I Improve My Oral Care Routine?

Discuss your daily oral hygiene practices with your dentist and ask for tips on how to improve them. They can recommend specific techniques or products tailored to your needs.

3. How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Over 47 percent of adults have some form of gum disease, mild, moderate, or advanced. It can lead to bleeding, sore, or inflamed gums as well as tooth loss at advanced stages. Asking your dentist about the best ways to avoid this will help you keep your mouth healthy and functional.

4. How Do I Deal with Tooth Sensitivity?

If you experience sensitivity, pain, or discomfort in your mouth, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your dentist. They can diagnose the underlying cause (damage, decay, wear) and recommend the right treatment.

5. What Foods are Bad for My Teeth?

Certain foods are worse for teeth than others. If you have a particular concern about something in your diet, ask your dentist! It’s difficult to eat a diet of only tooth-friendly foods, and your dentist doesn’t expect you to. However, knowing which ones to limit, and when you should brush afterward is a big help for your dental health.

By actively engaging with your dentist at dental checkups, you can take ownership of your oral health! Even in researching your questions, you’ll educate yourself on conditions, treatments, and improvements you can make. When you finally make it to your appointment, you’ll have all the tools you need to make it productive. Together, you can take proactive steps towards achieving and keeping a healthy, beautiful smile.

About the Practice

Dr. Bob and Dr. Heather Heil are professional and friendly dentists with decades of experience. They enjoy helping their patients achieve happier, healthier smiles for a better quality of life. No matter what treatment you need, they can make a personalized plan tailored to your needs. Call (920) 788-6280 to schedule a cleaning and exam at Dental Expressions or visit the website to discover other services they provide.

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