Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

When it comes to maintaining oral hygiene, you schedule regular dental visits for yourself and your family. However, when you think of preventive health care, how often do you think of your teeth, mouth, and gums? Just as you discuss your general health and well being with your family doctor, you should consider maintaining a constant dialogue with your dentist.

The next time you schedule a checkup or cleaning with one of the Red Deer dentists at Parkland Mall Dental Centre, maximize the benefits of your visit. Chat with your dentist or hygienist and ask questions that will help you manage your long-term oral health.

Top 5 things to Discuss with Your Dentist

1. Your Overall Dental Health
In a regular dental appointment, your dentist will address the concerns you highlight, or inform you of any apparent issues. However, during your next visit, ask your dentist about your overall dental health and what you can do to improve it. A good dentist will help you address any potential issues related to involuntary teeth grinding, fluoride intake, foods you eat, and dental products you use.
2. Individualized Care Plan
Every individual’s dental health requirements may be unique. Ask your dentist about the most appropriate care plan for you. Inquire about the ideal frequency between cleanings, exams, and x-rays based on your current oral health. Don’t hesitate to ask your hygienist about the basics, such as the technique for effective flossing, or the appropriate pressure to apply while brushing. We all need some guidance from time to time!
3. Suitability of Dental Products
With a wide range of dental products available in the market, you may find it confusing to choose the one that is most appropriate for you. Chat with your dentist about a new toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, or whitening agent that you are considering. Based on your individual oral health, it is possible that you need to use, or refrain from using a certain product. Your dentist can advise you on what is most suitable for you.
4. Clarification on Treatments or Procedures
If your dentist has recommended a treatment or procedure, ask for more information about it. Clarify any doubts such as cost and duration of procedure, type of sedation, alternative treatments, side effects, and post-procedure care. You can also prioritize your expenses by confirming whether the procedure is necessary and urgent, can be deferred for some time, or is optional and purely cosmetic.
5. Non-Oral Concerns
Your mouth is a significant indicator of a number of non-oral health problems. Your dentist may be able to spot early symptoms of other health conditions, or side effects from any current medication. Check with your dentist if there are any such concerns which you need to highlight to your family doctor.

Your Long Term Oral Care is in Your Hands
The quality of your oral care is not just dependent on the dentist you choose. To avert major dental concerns in the long run, you have as important a role to play as your hygienist and dentist. Chat with professionals and ask relevant questions periodically. These discussions are the key to identifying and addressing potential issues in a timely manner, so you can maintain your long term oral health.

Call 403-342-1118 to schedule your dental appointment at Parkland Mall Dental Centre. You may also use our online contact form for more information. We always welcome new dental patients.