From a young age, we’re encouraged to ask lots of questions. However, we tend to lose this trait over the years, particularly when it comes to things like visiting the dentist. Provided our dentist is satisfied that our dental health is fine after a checkup, most of us tend to leave without posing any questions.
However, it can be worthwhile to play a more active role in asking about your dental health. While few of us actually enjoy a trip to the dentist, it can be an educational chance to find out more about our teeth.
The team at L&R Dental will always provide you with detailed information pertaining to any healthcare tips we think could be beneficial without you having to ask, but we believe that the following questions could help provide you with a better understanding of your long-term dental healthcare:
Is There Anything I Can Do To Pre-emptively Protect My Dental Health?
Even if your teeth are in perfect condition, your dentist is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to preventing tooth decay and will be able to offer advice on how to maintain a healthy smile. You might want to follow this question up with others such as “can you recommend a toothbrush to suit my teeth?” and “are there any brushing techniques I should implement?”
Is There Anything I Need To Talk To My GP About?
At L&R Dental, we often point out to patients that the condition of their mouth can sometimes be a representation of their overall health. For example, changes in the mouth can be a sign of things like vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis or diabetes. If your dentist notices any drastic changes to your dental health or unusual conditions developing within the mouth, they may recommend that you contact your doctor to discuss the condition in further detail.
How Do I Improve The Whiteness Of My Teeth?
While the role of a dentist is to ensure that your teeth are healthy, they may also be able to offer advice or treatments to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Most of us experience teeth discolouration over the years, and this is usually caused by acidic foods and drinks, or pigments in the foods we consume. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, your dental healthcare professional should be able to offer you a variety of teeth whitening treatments designed to restore the natural whiteness to your smile.
Are Any Of The Foods I’m Eating Bad For My Teeth?
Most of us have a basic understanding that certain foods and drinks are bad for our dental health. However, we all have different diets, and some of the foods you eat could be causing dental issues without you being aware. Don’t be afraid to discuss your daily or weekly diet with your dentist, as you might gain advice about certain foods to avoid that you previously hadn’t considered as harmful to your teeth.
What Are The Most Common Dental Issue Warning Signs?
If you are displaying signs of tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist should be able to notify you during your checkup. However, it’s important to be able to recognise these signs so that you can act before things deteriorate further. If you ask your dentist about the warning signs of gingivitis (gum disease), you’ll be in a better position to identify the condition early on should you become afflicted by it.
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At L&R Dental, we’re committed to ensuring our patients have healthy teeth and gums. If you’ve got any questions you’d like to ask or would book an appointment at our Toowoomba dental practice, please feel free to contact us today.