10 Things You Should Ask Your Dentist: FAQs For the Family

One great way to own your dental health is by familiarising yourself with dentist FAQs. Talking to your dentist will keep you involved in your dental treatment plan. Plus it will help you take preventative action against oral health woes that trouble so many of us. 

It starts with regular, routine checkups. 

To start you off, we’ve selected the top 10 questions that dentists frequently get asked. 

Dentist FAQs 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions on your next visit. And don’t be afraid to get specific! Dentists will welcome a patient who proactively takes control of their dental care.

Question 1 – What Are Fillings?

Fillings protect your teeth from damage caused by cavities. Cavities are tiny holes in your tooth enamel. Without treatment, cavities slowly spread into larger, unsightly, painful holes.

First, the dentist numbs your mouth and prepares your tooth. Then, he or she will apply composite to fill the cavity. Fillings are really important. They can sometimes wear out and need a bit of maintenance during your regular checkups. 

Question 2 – What’s the Fuss About Flossing?

Flossing always comes up because it’s as easy to neglect as it is important. It’s super necessary. Dental floss cleans away the plaque that your toothbrush misses. 

When you don’t get rid of plaque it builds up and forms tartar which is bad news for your teeth. Tartar leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Only a professional can remove tartar.   

Question 3 – What Can I Do to Straighten My Teeth?

So you have some crooked teeth and it bugs you. Don’t be shy! Ask your dentist. 

Did you know that adult orthodontics are extremely popular? There are a few different treatment options that might suit you. For example, clear braces, Invisalign, and Six Month Smiles. 

Question 4 – How Often Should I See the Dentist?

Some people put off their visit to the dentist until they start suffering from something they just can’t ignore. The preferred approach is to see your dentist at least once a year. Maintaining your dental health is the smart way to prevent issues. Tartar and gum disease are sneaky problems that start off unnoticed and love to be left alone. 

Question 5 – What Are the Best Ways to Look After My Dental Hygiene?

Remember to brush your teeth every morning and last thing every evening. Floss every day (no excuses). Use a good fluoride toothpaste. Eat a balanced diet, limiting sugary foods and drinks. Remember, all tobacco products are bad for your teeth.  

Question 6 – Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Sometimes your dentist needs to take x-rays to make a diagnosis. Sometimes they’re needed to check tooth and gum health, especially if you haven’t seen the dentist in a while. X-rays help your dentist monitor changes in your teeth over time. 

Question 7 – Why Are My Teeth Sensitive? 

Sensitivity results when the protective enamel layer becomes worn thin. It might be an indication of receding gums, whitening treatments, or fractured teeth. Your dentist will recommend the best option for dealing with the cause of your sensitive teeth. 

Question 8 – Is Mouthwash Important?

There are a few different types of mouthwash. For example, you could get a prescription mouthwash to help with specific conditions. Otherwise, mouthwash can help to freshen your breath and protect against cavities… if you add it to your brushing and flossing routine. We recommend to use mouthwash at a 

Question 9 – How Do I Whiten My Teeth?

Our teeth age with us, so it’s natural to experience a degree of discolouration with age. Tooth staining can be a result of external factors like caffeine and tobacco. But, internal causes are a factor too. Speak to your dentist about treatment options. 

Sometimes at-home whitening products work. However, you should get your dentist’s advice first. Over-the-counter options have the potential to do more harm than good. 

Question 10 – When Should My Child Visit the Dentist for the First Time?

Did you know that cavities in milk teeth can develop by the time your little one turns two years old? Start taking your child to the dentist once their first tooth comes through. Yes, your child can, and should start seeing the dentist while she or he is still teething! Don’t put off booking your child’s first dental visit.

Be Prepared

Take charge of your dental treatment plan! Go prepared and get yourself familiar with common dentist FAQs. 

Make a mental note of any questions relating to your dental care and don’t hold back. Straightforward, honest conversations with your dentist will help you get the best treatment possible. 

If you have anything you’d like to discuss, give our friendly team a call on 01420 550616, or book an appointment.

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