At The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge, we get so excited when our patients have questions for us. There is nothing more important to us than a patiet with a specific need or unanswered question. This is why we have written and offered 5 questions to
Maintaining oral health is essential to avoiding trouble down the road with your teeth – including, but not limited to unsightly gums, losing teeth, chronic bad breath and health conditions that go beyond just oral health.
The next time you are in the dentist chair, talk to your dentist about how you can improve your dental health. Here are some important questions you should ask your dentist:
How can I improve my dental health?
Everyone’s mouth is different, and you might need to do more than just brushing and flossing after meals. Your dentist can give you customized information, based on your needs. They can also advise you on whether you need to brush more often or switch to a different toothbrush. You may need a refresher in flossing, to increase or decrease your fluoride intake or how often you need to come in for a visit. Also, make sure to ask your dental professional about new products you’ve seen advertised, and whether they could help you. They may even have samples you can try.
What can you do to improve my dental health?
Whether it’s night guards for teeth grinding or treatment for bad breath, your dentist can help you significantly improve the health of your mouth. But remember, in order to provide you with the latest in oral care, your dentist needs to know about any problems you’re experiencing—even if they seem minor at the time. Telling your dentist about any pain, discomfort or abnormalities will help them come up with solutions that can improve your daily comfort and even prevent bigger problems from occurring later on.
What’s my overall dental health status?
Ask your dentist to give you a general exam for the mouth area, which includes looking for any lumps or bumps that don’t belong; gauging bone density, especially if osteoporosis is a concern; or checking for inadvertent teeth grinding. This will insure everything is functioning properly. If there is an problem, it can be addressed immediately.
Is there anything that I should tell my family doctor about?
Many health problems begin in the mouth. Changes inside your mouth can signal certain conditions, such as vitamin deficiencies or osteoporosis; inflamed gums can be an indicator of diabetes. Your dentist can make you aware of which symptoms should be brought to your GP’s attention.
Is there anything you need to know from my family doctor?
Your dentist should be advised about any changes in your overall health status. For instance, sudden complications in your mouth could be because of medications you’re taking or related to health changes or conditions elsewhere in your body.
Anytime you visit a dentist, these 5 questions or topics are great conversations to have with your family dentist. For more information on how you can improve your detal health, please contact us or set up an appointment to see The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge.