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Are You Asking Your Dentist These Questions?

By Dr. Brian Smith On · Add Comment · In Our Blog

Dental questions dentist BlufftonIt’s surprisingly easy for the conversation to stray away from teeth during your annual dental visit. Just ask a Bluffton SC dentist about golf, University of South Carolina at Beaufort sports, or even the weather, and your conversation can go off on a wild tangent. And, while these topics can make for an interesting conversation, don’t forget about the main reason for your visit: your teeth.

To get the conversation back on track, ask your dentist a few of these important questions:

  • Does my mouth look healthy? Find out of there are any signs of dental diseases or systemic diseases. A healthy mouth suggests that the body is healthy, too. An unhealthy mouth can be a sign of other hidden health problems.
  • Do I floss enough? Bleeding gums, tartar buildup, food impaction, cavities, and stains are strong indications that you may not be flossing enough.
  • Should I be using fluoride rinse or any other dental products at home? If the dentist has identified an existing or a potential dental problem, there might be some steps that you can take at home to manage it.
  • Does it look like I grind or clench my teeth? Worn enamel, broken fillings, gum recession, and jaw pain could be symptomatic of a teeth-grinding problem.
  • What can I do to improve the health of my teeth and gums? Find out if you can do more to protect the health of your teeth and gums.
  • If I was a member of your family, what would you recommend? Give the dentist an opportunity to recommend the best possible treatment.
  • Do you think that there is any way that I can prevent future dental problems? Talk about ways to improve your long-term dental health.
  • Is there anything that I should tell my family doctor? There is a strong relationship between your oral health and your general health. Find out if you need to get your family doctor involved.

Contact a dentist in Bluffton SC today for answers to these and other oral health questions.

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