What Should I Ask My Dentist at My Next Checkup?

March 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — costellodental @ 8:18 pm
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Asking questions is a great way to learn, but many people don’t appreciate what a great educational opportunity their dental appointments are. While your dentist will probably ask many questions about your oral hygiene during your next visit, it’s a fantastic idea to have a few of your own prepared. Here are a few questions to ask your dentist the next time you’re having your teeth examined and cleaned.

What’s the Best Way to Clean My Teeth at Home?

While your dentist plays a massive role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, they’ll still need you to practice excellent oral hygiene at home. While they may have a few specific recommendations for you, you can certainly expect them to tell you to:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day to clean between the teeth.
  • Enjoy sugary snacks and beverages in moderation.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.
  • Abstain from all forms of tobacco.

How Can I Make My Teeth Whiter?

Having a beautiful smile full of shiny white teeth can do a lot to boost your confidence. The teeth are exposed to a lot of different stuff over the years, and items that are heavy with dyes and pigments like tea, coffee, red wine, berries, and colorful candies can leave their mark on your grin. Many people have stains and discoloration in their teeth, and there are a variety of teeth whitening products available to address them. Your dentist may suggest one of these products or recommend professional teeth-whitening treatments that deliver superior results.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

People with dental sensitivity may experience pain or discomfort when their teeth make contact with foods or liquids that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic. These annoying sensations usually fade quickly, and they can be caused by:

  • Frequent exposure to acidity or high or low temperatures
  • Gum recession
  • Grinding teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Orthodontic treatments or fillings
  • Recent teeth whitening treatments

If your sensitive teeth have been bothering you, your dentist may be able to treat the problem in-office or recommend a change in your hygiene routine to reduce your discomfort.

Your dentist is your smile’s best friend. By asking your oral healthcare provider the right questions, you can learn how to better care for your teeth so they can work well and shine beautifully for years to come.

About the Practice

Costello & DeHart Dental Excellence offers the finest oral healthcare available to the residents of Arlington Heights, IL. Led by Drs. Ernie Costello and Jay DeHart, the staff makes sure that each patient receives holistic care that addresses their needs. Areas of expertise include general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. To book your next dentist’s appointment, contact the office online or dial (847) 259-1111.

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