Sometimes, dental checkups can feel like they fly by. You get to the dentist’s office, they clean your teeth, and then you’re on your way out again. At our office, we try to answer all the questions our patients have. Unfortunately, some questions come up later, or you forget to ask them! Having a relationship with your dentist where you’re comfortable enough to ask questions is very important so you know how to best take care of your teeth. Try to take time during each dental visit to ask questions to your dentist. Let’s take a look at the top ten best dental questions to ask.
How often should you visit your dentist? One of the most common questions people ask their dentist is how often they should actually be seeing their dentist. Everyone’s oral health is different, and what may work for one person may not necessarily work for you. Your dentist should be intimately aware of your oral health, and can help create a tailor-made plan for your specific situation.
Should you be worried about amalgam fillings? Amalgam fillings are the silver-colored fillings that are still quite prevalent in the dental world today. People are typically worried about these kinds of fillings because they contain mercury. The American Dental Association (ADA) and FDA have both confirmed that these types of fillings are safe, but it’s best to consult with your dentist to see if they recommend these fillings for your teeth.
What should you do about your fear of the dentist? There is a large group of Americans that is completely terrified of seeing their dentists. If you’re one of these people, you might be wonder what you can do to overcome that fear. Many dentists offer sedation dentistry, which uses different kinds of anesthesia to calm your nerves. Ask your dentist if that’s an option for you.
How can you choose the right dental products for your teeth? Finding the right dental products for your specific oral health situation can be difficult, especially since there are so many options available. Your dentist can help you pick the right tools to take care of your teeth.
How safe are X-rays? X-rays are a form of radiation, and exposure to radiation can cause harm to your body. Dental x-rays are generally safe to most people, but if you have concerns, this is a great question to as your dentist.
Should you try cosmetic dentistry? The popularity of cosmetic dentistry has skyrocketed in recent years. And for good reason. Your smile can increase your confidence an boost your mood. Ask your dentist if cosmetic dentistry is right for you.
What is the best way to prevent tooth decay? Your dentist knows how to take care of teeth, and they should be intimately familiar with the condition of your teeth. Not every oral health plan is going to look the same. Ask your dentist what will work best for you.
What color should your teeth be? Today’s society will tell you that your teeth need to be as white as possible, but teeth that aren’t white aren’t necessarily unhealthy. Ask your dentist about your teeth’s coloring to be sure they are healthy.
What can you if you feel like there’s no hope for your teeth? Some people feel like there is no hope for their teeth because they are too crooked or too yellow or for any other reason. Most dentists offer some kind of cosmetic dental procedures that can restore your smile to the way you want it to be.
How can you continually improve the way you take care of your teeth? There are always ways you can do better with the way you take care of your oral health. Dentists are always finding new and improved procedures and methods of oral care. Ask your dentist about these so you can take care of your teeth in the best way possible.