Your dental team always tries to be as thorough as possible when it comes to your oral health. However, that doesn’t mean it would hurt to ask them a few questions once in awhile to help them better cater to your dental needs. The next time you go in for a routine visit, consider asking your hygienist these four questions.
By doing so, you help the dentist better prepare for your appointment. Plus, you may even get your answer before you even see the dentist, giving you more time to ask other questions.
How Can I Improve My Oral Health?
The field of dentistry is, like many medical sciences, always learning new information. It’s precisely why your dentist makes an effort to continue his education after dental school. Therefore, your hygienist is learning all the newest techniques and treatments their practice offers, including for at-home care.
Even if there are no problems with your teeth or gums, ask your hygienist if there are any oral care techniques you should be aware of that could better protect you. Even if there aren’t, there’s always the possibility they’ll recommend oral care products that remove plaque and protect you from dental disease better than the ones you currently use.
Should I Be Worried About This Bump/Sore/Bleeding?
If you notice bleeding while brushing, sores, bumps, lumps, or any other abnormal growths inside your mouth, you’ll want to point them out to your hygienist before your Arvada dentist comes in. Your team is already looking for abnormalities as much as possible, but it’s always easier if you let them know about these issues ahead of time, rather than assume they’ll catch it on their own.
Are You Aware of All My Medications?
It’s very important that you tell all your medical professionals about new medications you’re taking, including your dentist and hygienist. This is especially true if you are older, have a chronic condition, or if you are pregnant. Your regular medications can affect how your body responds to dental medications and/or treatments, so telling your hygienist will help them provide you better dental care overall.
Why Am I Feeling Teeth Sensitivity?
In some cases, your hygienists may ask if you’re feeling teeth sensitivity before you even get a chance to first. This is because many dental issues stem from sensitivity, including cavities, gingivitis, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. It can also be a sign that you aren’t brushing enough or eating a balanced diet that promotes oral health. By telling your hygienist ahead of time, they’ll be sure to examine the area in question more closely, as well as inform the dentist beforehand.
Your hygienist has tons of dental knowledge that could truly make a difference, so don’t be shy to ask questions! Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Arvada to get started!
About the Author
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Terry Batliner works hard to stay updated on oral and overall health. He’s currently a faculty member with the Colorado School of Public Health and has previously served on the faculty of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and as the clinical dean of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. This helps him hire the most effective and educated dental team of hygienists possible. To learn more, contact him through his website.