6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DENTIST AT YOUR CHECK-UP
There’s no such thing as a dumb question when you’re at the dentist and they’ll always be happy to answer yours at your next check-up. Asking your dentist questions during a check-up is a great way to get specific answers that take into consideration your individual dental health, history and relevant lifestyle factors. Below are some example questions you could ask. Dental Implants
- HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A CHECK-UP?
A general rule for adult patients is to visit a dentist twice a year, even if your mouth is in excellent condition. This way, you can get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly and maintain excellent oral health. However, dental health varies from person to person. By asking your dentist, you can get specific advice on a good check-up interval for you based on your existing dental health and risk profile.
- HOW DO I WHITEN MY TEETH?
The right approach to teeth whitening depends on the cause of it. For some people, your dentist may simply recommend cutting down smoking, coffee, tea and red wine, along with using a simple whitening toothpaste. Others may need in-chair professional whitening to actually get the desired approach. In other cases, tooth discolouration may be the result of another underlying issue, which your dentist can identify.
- WHY ARE MY TEETH SENSITIVE?
Experiencing discomfort when consuming hot or cold items can be for a number of reasons, including the following:
Thinning tooth enamel
Damaged teeth or fillings that exposed dentin (soft, sensitive tissue within teeth)
Tooth grinding while sleeping
At your next check-up, your dentist can determine the cause of your sensitive teeth and work to find the best solution.
- WHY ARE MY GUMS BLEEDING?
Sometimes, your gums may bleed just from brushing too hard. Other times, bleeding around the gums when brushing or flossing your teeth can be a sign of gum disease. Your dentist can let you know. If left untreated, gum disease can take on a more severe form, commonly known as periodontitis. This can cause inflammation, redness and even loss of teeth. Your dentist will check for signs of gum disease and treat any issues to prevent the problem from worsening.
- WHEN SHOULD I COME IN FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
While it’s easy to see how knocking a tooth out or experiencing an agonising toothache is a good time to visit your emergency dentist, other situations aren’t as clear. For example, abscesses, facial swelling or loss of a filling are all cause for concern and classed as a dental emergency. Your dentist can tell you more about when you should act straight away according to your individual dental health risks.
- WHY DO I NEED X-RAYS TAKEN?
Your dentist should take a full set of dental X-rays early into your relationship. X-rays help your dentist monitor any changes that could be happening in your teeth between appointments. Most adult patients have bitewing X-rays every year and a full mouth series every four to five years. But those with a higher risk for certain dental health problems may need them every six to 18 months.
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