How do you prepare for your next dental checkup? Have you ever considered listing teeth-related queries you’d like your dentist to answer? Well, go for it!
Asking questions about your teeth is a terrific way to get to the root of any issue. Plus, this simple practice will allow you to debunk misconceptions and all the fake news you see online. Because, really, your doctor knows best! So, here are 10 questions to ask at your upcoming checkup so you can leave with an even brighter smile.
1. How Is My Oral Health Overall?
After the pleasantries, you can start with this query to express interest in your oral health. This sets up any follow-up questions you might have and allows your doctor to provide a thorough assessment of your teeth. Now would also be the time to bring up concerns you’ve been experiencing.
2. Do I Have Any Dental Problems?
While asking this question may sound broad, it can also dictate the direction of your consultation. Your dentist might ask you a few follow-up questions, like if you’re experiencing tooth pain or unusual oral symptoms. In any case, it’s worth throwing it out there.
3. Do I Have Tooth Sensitivity?
During a dental cleaning, you might occasionally feel a jolting sensation, which may stem from dentin sensitivity. Mention this to your treating doctor immediately so they can act accordingly. Also, ask if you can take extra steps to avoid the issue and strengthen your teeth.
4. Are There Any Types of Food I Should Avoid?
A follow-up question to the previous one could be this next entry. Your dentist will tell you which types of food contribute the most to your issue, whether plaque buildup or tooth decay. Inquire also about what you should eat more of to keep the doctor away. Spoiler alert: yes, apples are really part of the list.
5. How Can I Improve My Oral Care Routine?
Ask your dentist for specific tips on how to improve your overall oral health. What lifestyle habits should you start, pause, or end? At this age, what concerns are you at risk of? A dental professional is the only person you should trust for possible treatment or medication to target your condition.
6. Do I Need Teeth Whitening?
A 2014 study on teeth whitening by the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice cited several reasons teeth turn yellow. Age, genetics, environmental factors, smoking, certain medications, and highly acidic foods and drinks contribute to discolouration. With your dentist, you can determine the exact cause and explore options to revive your teeth back to their former lustre.
7. What Are Some Tips for Elevating My Oral Hygiene Routine?
Ask your dentist how to upgrade your current oral hygiene routine. First, walk them through your usual step-by-step. Then, ask follow-up questions like: Should you switch to an electric toothbrush? Is there a special type of floss you should invest in? Are there dental products or brands you should avoid? Your dentist can even help you improve your brushing techniques!
8. How Often Should I Come in for a Dental Checkup?
While many patients schedule dental appointments every six months, your dentist can provide a more personalised recommendation based on your needs. If you’re at a higher risk for serious conditions like gum disease, you might need to visit the clinic more frequently.
9. How’s My Breath?
Always wanted to know if you’re dealing with halitosis (and your friends are just too nice to tell you)? Your dentist can provide a definitive answer, so get ready for the truth! But they can also help you pin down the cause, address the issue, and determine appropriate solutions.
10. How Can I Improve My Smile?
Do you want your teeth to be as bright, straight, and shiny as your favourite actor? Consult your doctor about a smile makeover. They can suggest treatments to bring you closer to your goals. For example, if you’re dealing with crooked teeth, they might recommend aligner therapy with ClearCorrect. These orthodontic appliances straighten teeth more safely, discreetly, and comfortably than traditional metal braces. Be on your way to your dream smile!
A successful dental checkup is not just about showing up. It also requires active participation. So, during your next appointment, ask your doctor about anything on your mind – no query is too big or too small! Consider the questions here as a starting point. And don’t worry; your dentist won’t bite.
Carey, C. M. (2014b). Tooth whitening: What we now know. Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice, 14, 70–76.
Davari, A. (2013, September 1). Dentin Hypersensitivity: Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment; A Literature Review. PubMed Central (PMC).