When you go to the dentist’s office, you are not only there to see the dentist. During a six month checkup and cleaning, you will also visit with your dental hygienist — and this part of the appointment is a great time to ask a few questions in particular to do the most for your lasting smile. Below, we have listed the 5 things you should be asking your dental hygienist!
Q: AM I DOING A GOOD JOB BRUSHING AND FLOSSING?
Here’s why: Your dental hygienist can see nooks and crannies in your mouth that you simply can’t — no matter how hard you try. Plus, with their trained eyes, a hygienist can zone in on spots that may be getting neglected when you brush and floss those teeth. A great dental hygienist will share this information anyway, but asking the question right off the bat can start off a conversation on how you can improve your overall hygiene habits to achieve tip-top oral health.
Q: WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT BAD BREATH?
Here’s why: Persistent bad breath is a serious indicator of gum disease, a condition that puts your oral and overall health at risk. People with gum disease are at a much higher risk of tooth loss and a host of related issues — from poor diet to low self-confidence and everything in between. Your dental hygienist can evaluate your smile to see whether bad breath may be a sign of gum disease, and steps to take either way.
Q: AM I AT RISK OF ORAL CANCER?
Here’s why: Incidences of oral cancer are rising in the US, and it affects more young and otherwise healthy adults every year. Learning more about oral cancer and finding out about the risk factors can help you understand why engaging in routine screenings can help you avoid the dire consequences of this disease.
Q: WHAT KIND OF DIET PROMOTES A HEALTHY SMILE?
Here’s why: Eating right isn’t only important for your waistline — having a good diet is also a great way to enjoy improved oral health over the long-term. Your dental hygienist can help you tweak your diet to reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and related conditions.
Q: SHOULD I SEEK TREATMENT FOR TEETH GRINDING?
Here’s why: Nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching wear away at the tooth enamel and can put your jaw at risk of a painful condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular dysfunction. After an evaluation, your dental hygienist can talk to you about whether or not this is a necessary treatment for your smile.
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR DENTAL VISITS!
People who engage in routine preventive care are more likely to enjoy a healthy and complete smile for life. Your dental hygienist is a wonderful ally to have on your smile’s side — so if it’s been awhile since your last checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist! And be sure to ask these important questions when you do.
Meet the Practice
Canatella Dental offers comprehensive dental services from the comfort of a state-of-the-art office. Their team of expert dental hygienists firmly believes in the power of prevention — and they know patient education is a key part of healthy smiles! If it’s time for a six month checkup and cleaning, you are invited to call this office to book an appointment at (504) 717-4259.