November 8, 2020
When visiting your dentist, you probably let them do most of the talking. After all, they are the ones examining your smile and alerting you to any problems they see during the checkup and cleaning. While it is fine to listen closely and allow them to inform you about the current state of your oral health, it’s also important that you can ask necessary questions so you can make a confident decision regarding treatment. To help you get started with your list, a dentist in Richardson shares 3 questions you should ask the next time you arrive for an appointment.
What Can I Do to Improve My Oral Hygiene Routine?
While you are probably already aware of the benefits of brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day, you may not realize that you must clean them for two full minutes. Your dentist will also likely tell you to make sure you are flossing at least once a day, preferably before bed, to ensure your mouth is clean before going to sleep, and to rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash twice a day. Many people forget to use mouthwash, which is much like scrubbing dirty dishes but not rinsing them off afterward. This crucial step ensures everything is flushed out your mouth, leaving you with a healthier smile and fresher breath.
Are There Treatments to Help Protect Against Cavities?
Your dentist likely offers an array of preventive services apart from general checkups and cleanings. If you or your child want to take extra precautions to protect against cavities, make sure to ask about additional treatments designed to combat tooth decay. It is likely your dentist will recommend fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants. Both work to prevent tooth decay from penetrating the top layer of tooth enamel, better protecting your smile for a longer period of time. But just because you receive these preventive treatments does not mean you should forgo your daily oral hygiene routine at home.
Does My Diet Affect My Oral Health?
The reality is that the foods you eat can (and do) have an impact on your smile, so when asking your dentist about what you can do to change up your diet, don’t be surprised if they ask what your normal food and beverage intake look like on a daily basis. If it consists of sugars, starches, and dark-colored beverages, you’ll likely be faced with stained and discolored teeth as well as cavities and possibly gum disease. Your dentist will recommend switching to a nutrient-rich diet full of lean proteins, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy, as many of these foods can actually improve and protect your smile from common dental problems. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your salivary glands working properly.
These few questions will help you start the conversation with your dentist during your next appointment, allowing you to get the information you need to start improving your oral health.
About the Practice
At McDougal and Richards Dentistry, we provide high-quality dental care for each of our patients. Offering comprehensive services to meet your needs, Dr. Tom McDougal and Dr. Chris Richards are ready to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. With customized treatment plans, you’ll feel confident knowing your oral health is of the utmost importance. Not only do we believe in recommending treatments necessary for healthier teeth and gums, but we will listen closely to your questions and concerns, making sure you feel confident about your dental health decisions. If you have an inquiry and need professional advice, contact us at (972) 231-5376.
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