Brushing and flossing are important for keeping your mouth healthy, but you must also see your dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Routine appointments stop common issues from occurring and allow for early detection. Besides a cleaning and checkup, it’s also an opportunity to learn more about your dental health. Here are 6 questions to ask your dentist during your next preventive appointment.
1. Are My Teeth and Gums Healthy?
Did you know that 92% of adults will experience tooth decay? In addition, 50% of adults suffer from a form of gum disease. Both can cause tooth loss with no treatment. Early signs of enamel loss or infections can be subtle. Your dentist will let you know if they find anything concerning.
2. Are There Any Signs of Oral Cancer?
Cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to your dental health. 54,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. Unfortunately, most cases aren’t found until they have reached advanced stages. Researchers report that 80% of new diagnoses can be detected early through routine dental care.
3. What Type of Toothbrush Should I Be Using?
Your toothbrush is the most used item you have at home to keep your mouth clean. The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush that has earned its Seal of Acceptance. Choose one that accommodates the size of your mouth.
4. Should I Use a Mouthwash?
A daily mouthwash can kill any harmful bacteria missed by brushing and flossing to keep your breath fresh. Your dentist can recommend a specialty mouthwash for certain situations, like tooth sensitivity or a dry mouth.
5. Do My Restorations Need to Be Replaced?
Fillings, crowns, and bridges don’t last forever. Your dentist will check any restorations at each appointment to ensure they are functioning as intended. They can spot any issues early to provide a quick replacement before it turns into a dental emergency.
6. Is There Anything I Should Discuss with My Physician?
Your oral and overall health are connected. Certain dental problems can increase your risk of health conditions. Not to mention, some medical issues can affect your oral health. Your dentist supports the mouth and body connection. They’ll review anything you need to discuss with your doctor.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist any questions. They’ll provide you with the information you need to achieve your best smile.
About Dr. Mark Hochman
Dr. Hochman achieved his dental degree at Howard University School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his training to provide the most up-to-date services, like cosmetic dentistry, laser dentistry, and occlusion. He provides personalized solutions to support the mouth and body connection. Request an appointment through his website or call (240) 349-7358.