Whenever you go to your dental office for check-ups and cleanings, you have a valuable opportunity to ask a professional dental hygienist any questions about oral hygiene that you may have. A good dentist or hygienist will listen to your questions and concerns, and provide you answers or support when needed. Never be afraid to ask questions at your dental office—the information can be life-changing!
If you are not sure what you should be asking, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most common and important questions that you can discuss with a dental professional. After all, to answer your questions and improve your oral hygiene is what they’re there for!
1. How can I improve my oral hygiene?
Since your dental hygienist knows your mouth well, they can help determine ways to keep your oral hygiene in check that will work and be convenient for you. They can give you tips to improve your oral hygiene and keep your breath fresh.
Remember that no question is too embarrassing for your dentist or oral hygienist. They have seen every different scenario and can guide you on how to improve on certain areas of your oral hygiene safely and effectively.
2. How can I reduce bad breath?
If you suffer from bad breath, you are not alone. Many people complain of bad breath and find that even after brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash, the problem still persists.
However, your dentist can do further digging to help get to the root cause of the issue, and even refer you to someone else should that be necessary. Keep in mind that bad breath can come from a poor diet, stomach issues, and acid reflux as well, not only from bad oral hygiene.
3. How can I get whiter teeth?
Instead of resorting to commercial teeth whitening kits or home remedies (which can be ineffective or abrasive), you should speak to a dental professional about teeth whitening.
If this is something you are interested in, a dentist can give you an in-office professional whitening that will appear natural and still be safe for your teeth/mouth. Always consult your dentist when trying new whitening products and at-home kits.
4. How often should I get cleanings?
Your dental professional will usually determine the frequency of your cleanings and visits. This will depend on various aspects such as tooth and gum health, risk factors, and the rate at which plaque and tartar build up in your mouth.
Try to be diligent and keep track of your appointments, so you don’t end up missing cleanings and delaying important treatments.
5. How can I maintain clean teeth and gums at home?
After your dental cleanings and routine appointments, it is customary for your dentist to send you home with some aftercare products such as floss and a new toothbrush.
They can also advise you on how to brush your teeth properly and floss correctly and efficiently. It is also recommended to change out your toothbrush every couple of months.
6. What products should I use?
When it comes to mouthwashes, fancy electronic toothbrushes, and water flossers, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when determining a need versus an indulgence. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for recommendations on products that actually work to improve your oral hygiene, not just gimmicky items that look good on your bathroom countertop.
7. How can I reduce tooth sensitivity?
Once again, your dentist should be able to recommend products and tips if sensitivity is an issue for you. There are special types of toothpaste and brushes available that will be more comfortable should this be a problem that you experience regularly.
8. Am I showing signs of gum disease?
Many people have minor signs of gum disease and, often, it goes undetected. It’s a good idea to ask your dentist or oral hygienist if they have seen any signs or symptoms of gum disease when performing your routine cleanings. This way, you can address the issues as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that most dentists and hygienists will let you know if there is an issue without you even asking; however, being proactive about it shows that you care as well.
9. Why are my gums bleeding?
It’s normal to experience some tooth sensitivity and possibly bleeding gums during routine cleanings. However, if you are noticing bleeding gums more often, it could be a cause for concern. Ask your dentist, so they can rule out any serious issues.
10. Which toothpaste is best?
Your dentist can point you in the right direction when it comes to the brand and the type of toothpaste you should be using. Don’t waste your money on toothpaste that isn’t formulated for your needs. Ask your dental professional and they will happily give you recommendations that can work for you.
For more information on oral hygiene and family dentistry in Mississauga and the GTA, please call Bristol Dental at 866-673-2109 or contact us here. We believe in giving our clients the knowledge and tools to take care of their teeth and gums properly. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you!