It’s typical for dentists to ask most of the questions during a routine checkup. However, there’s no need to be shy! These regular visits present an excellent opportunity to learn more about your oral health and the best way to take care of your smile. Here are five important questions you should ask your Brookwood dentist or hygienist the next time you visit them for your routine checkup and cleaning.
1.) Are My Medical Records Up to Date?
Have you been diagnosed with a new medical issue or started taking a new medication since your last dental appointment? It’s important that you keep your dentist informed about any changes to your medical history so they can provide the most effective care and avoid any potential complications. Try bringing a list of all your current medications and conditions with you to your next appointment to ensure that the information on your dental chart matches.
2.) What Can I Do to Improve My Dental Routine?
Keeping your pearly whites clean and healthy takes a lot more than just brushing them every day. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be happy to go over how you can improve your at-home oral hygiene depending on the specific needs of your smile. They may recommend specialized products, certain techniques, or where to pay extra attention when cleaning your mouth to boost your daily dental care routine.
3.) How Are My Dental Fillings or Crowns Doing?
While dental fillings and crowns are an excellent way to repair your smile, they’re not designed to last forever. At every appointment, your dentist will carefully inspect your dental work to see if it’s worn down or damaged and will let you know if it needs to be replaced. Even if your fillings and crowns are still in good shape, now is an excellent time to ask your dentist how well they’re holding up, how much longer you can expect them to last, and what you can do to extend their lifespan.
4.) What’s Causing These New, Unusual, or Worrying Dental Symptoms?
Have you recently developed new or unusual dental symptoms that are worrying you? Speak up! Even small, easily overlooked problems like chronic dry mouth or bad breath can be an early warning sign of a serious oral health concern. Pointing out any recent changes in your mouth that you’ve noticed can help your dentist detect issues as early as possible.
5.) When Should I Schedule My Next Appointment?
It can be easy to forget to make your next dental appointment in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Instead, make sure your smile is always taken care of by scheduling your next visit before you leave the office. Remember, you should be getting a routine checkup and cleaning every six months!
The next time you visit your dentist, don’t be nervous about speaking up and asking questions. They’ll love to see you taking an interest in your oral health and be more than happy to teach you more about taking care of your pearly whites!
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, we’re dedicated to helping the smiles of Lansdale, Harleysville, and the surrounding communities stay happy, healthy, and intact for a lifetime! With regular checkups and cleanings every six months, we can spot and stop oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease as early as possible, preferably before they cause you any unnecessary damage or discomfort. If you have a question about maintaining your oral health or would like to schedule your checkup, feel free to contact us via our website or at (215) 368-2424.