5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist at Every Visit

A dental patient sitting in a dental chair and smiling at a dentist
A dental patient sitting in a dental chair and smiling at a dentist

If you have a dental appointment coming up and you want to make the most of your visit, try asking your dentist these five important questions. 

Does my mouth look healthy?

Usually, your dentist will let you know if they notice anything out of the ordinary when checking your teeth. However, if they have not made any comments about the state of your mouth during your appointment, it’s a good idea to ask. This way, you’ll have a good baseline impression on how your oral health routine is working.

Should I talk to my physician about my oral health?

Many elements of your oral health and whole-body health are closely related, so if your dentist notices some issues with your teeth or gums, it’s a good idea to determine whether you need to involve your doctor. This is especially important if you have a preexisting health condition like diabetes.

How can I practice good oral hygiene at home?

If you’re concerned about your overall oral health, it’s worth asking your dentist if there’s anything you can do at home to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. Usually, your dentist will recommend brushing and flossing twice a day, staying hydrated, limiting the number of sugary snacks and drinks you consume, and smoking cessation.

How can I make my teeth appear whiter?

Even if you’re taking the best possible care of your teeth, you might notice that their shade is not as bright as you’d like. If you ask your dentist about how to brighten your teeth, he or she may recommend less coffee, wine, and tobacco products. However, if you want to brighten your teeth significantly, your dentist might recommend in-office or at-home whitening sessions.

What can I do to prevent future dental health issues?

Aside from regular brushing and flossing, your dentist might recommend specific steps you can take to prevent oral health issues from developing in the future. For one, you might be recommended to use mouthwash after eating, or your dentist might encourage you to attend dental appointments more often if you have an existing condition.

If it’s been a few months since you’ve seen a dentist, reach out to Golden Heart Dental to book an appointment. Our team will answer all of your questions and see that all of your oral health needs are met.