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Questions to Ask Your Dentist

Going to the dentist can evoke a lot of stress and anxiety. And going to a new dentist can be even more overwhelming. With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period currently going on, you may soon be in need of finding a new dentist, depending on your plan’s benefits for the upcoming year. It should be an easy task if you know what you’re looking for and the right questions to ask your dentist.

Communication is key to Better Health and a Better Smile. Discussing your health concerns, dental habits, and fears with your dentist can make a visit much easier to handle. It’s important that you’re comfortable with your dentist, being that you two are partners on your journey to a Better and healthy smile. You need to feel comfortable to speak freely and ask the necessary questions. Here are three questions you need to ask your dentist.

How is My Current Dental Health?

On your first visit with a new dentist, they will want to do a thorough examination. This will include examining your teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, and throat. They will look at any previous X-rays you had transferred, or they may request that you have a new set of images taken. They’ll check your mouth for any present sores, bumps, or lesions, which could indicate something related to your overall health, including oral cancer. Your teeth will be assessed for cavities, plaque, and tartar, and your gums for recession. Upon completion, your dentist will provide you with a complete analysis of your current oral health. Together you will discuss any treatment or care options necessary. 

How Can I Improve My Dental Health? 

This is an important question to ask your dentist. You may be surprised to find out that you’re not brushing correctly or using a product that isn’t best for your teeth and dental health. The best way to improve your dental health is by working with your dentist, who shares the same goal. Discuss your oral routine with your them so they understand how you care for your smile at home. Ask for recommendations on the best toothbrush to use as well as oral hygiene products. Your dentist can even show you the proper technique for brushing and flossing. And, yes, there is a right and wrong way to do those tasks. It may be determined that you and your dental health could benefit from more frequent visits. These are all questions you can ask so you can work to improve your dental health

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How Can I Optimize My Dental Health Through Diet and Hygiene?

We’ve talked about it many times; your diet and overall hygiene play a significant role in your oral health. Depending on if you are having treatment, there may be ways to adjust your dental routine to support your planned treatment. Ask your dentist what foods impact your teeth, for better or worse. You’ll learn that some foods can have a lasting impact on your smile and that you should either fill your diet with them or eliminate them altogether. Your dentist can recommend suggestions based on your specific needs. 

Do Your Research Prior to Your First Visit 

If you are looking for a new dentist, it’s important to do your research before selecting one and scheduling your first appointment. Make sure your dentist is in your healthcare network and accepts your insurance. Dental work can be costly, and you want to be sure you’re covered by your plan.

Also, when choosing a new dental clinic, call to make sure they are accepting new patients. You don’t want to spend your time researching a new dentist who isn’t even accepting new patients. When you reach out, ask what type of treatments they offer and what the dentist specializes in. This will ensure you receive the care you need and deserve. 

These are great questions to ask a new dentist as well as a current one if you haven’t discussed them previously. Everyone can benefit from improved dental care.