By now, we all know that regular dentist visits are vital to maintaining healthy, strong, good-looking teeth. However, people don’t often consider how important open communication with their dentist is for their overall oral health! Discussing your health concerns, fears, and dental habits with your dentist from the start can make a big difference. This is someone who will be checking in with your dental health twice a year so comfortability and communication are key!
Below we’ve rounded up three questions you should ask your dentist during your first visit to ensure they are the right fit for you and to begin that open line of communication.
- How is my current dental health?
While it often can take a few visits to get a full picture of one’s dental health, during your first visit with a new dentist they should be examining everything, from your teeth, to your gum lines, to even your jaw and throat. They’ll assess your overall dental health and from there be able to give you an analysis. From there, they’ll be able to give you treatment options and recommendations. Please use this time to inquire about your current dental health and ask any other lingering questions you might have. In order to understand how you can improve your dental health, you must first understand how things currently stand so ask lots of questions during this time.
- How can I improve my dental health?
While your dentist will give you a handful of recommendations and treatment options if necessary, it is helpful if you share your current routine with your dentist and dental hygienist. Let them know how often you brush your teeth, floss, whether or not you use mouthwash, and even how often you enjoy things like carbonated beverages. This will give your dentist information they might not be able to outright see inside your mouth so they can create a more accurate dental care plan for you.
- How can I optimize my dental health through diet?
While hygiene alone plays a huge role in your dental health, there are some positive changes you can make just through diet alone. Ask your dentist for ways you can better support your overall oral health through the foods you consume. For example, what foods impact your teeth for better or worse? What foods should you limit intake of? Your dentist will be able to answer all of these questions and more to help set you up for success.
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