It’s easy to get in the rhythm of attending your six-month dental check-up without asking any questions. You enjoy a thorough cleaning and a discussion with your dentist. Barring any serious concerns, you go your own way. Embracing the status quo could be a big mistake.
Communication with all health professionals in your life is the best way to stay on top of your overall health. Since dental health is so closely tied to the rest of your body, it’s important to discuss any concerns with your dentist. Try covering these five questions at your next dental visit to get the dialogue rolling.
1. How is My Dental Health?
This question may be the biggest one to ask your dental team. Let them know if you have concerns. Don’t forget to ask about things like bone density and teeth grinding. If nothing else, this question opens conversation.
2. How Can I Improve My Oral Health?
We can all make tweaks to our oral care routines to improve our oral health. Given your individual situation, your dentist may suggest minor changes, like altering the amount of fluoride you use each day.
3. What Can You Do to Help Me Improve My Dental Health?
Your dental team has more information at their disposal and can help guide you in the right direction. From appliances to limit the effects of teeth grinding to teeth whitening options, your dentist has a variety of tools available to help you if you just ask.
4. Do You See Any Issues I Need to Discuss with My Primary Care Doctor?
Since many physical conditions cause problems with your teeth and gums, your dentist may see signs of trouble before your primary care physician. Some medications can affect your teeth and may require adjustments to preserve your oral health. Your dentist can alert you to potential concerns.
5. Do You Need Any Information from My Primary Care Doctor?
Your family doctor could provide valuable information to your dentist to help with your treatment plan. Medications, vitamin deficiencies, and some conditions (like diabetes) can affect your teeth and that knowledge may alter your dental treatment plan. It can also help your dentist treat you if sudden complications arise in your mouth.