Three Questions You Should be Asking Your Dentist

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, has been linked to America’s biggest killer: heart disease. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, has also been linked to diabetes, osteoporosis and pregnancy complications such as premature birth and low birth weight. This is why it’s important to take care of your teeth regularly, visit your dentist on a regular basis, and communicate with your dentist…don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Whether you’re diligently devoted to your oral hygiene or haven’t been to the dentist in years, once you are in the dental office, do not leave without asking these three questions:

Do you have any recommendations for my diet?

Your dentist may also be able to tell what you’re eating by examining your mouth. Usually, your dentist can tell if you’re eating too much sugar or acids, or not enough vitamin C. He or she may discuss eating less sugar and when to eat sugar for minimal damage to your teeth.

What should my care and maintenance schedule be?

Everybody’s health needs are different, and that includes your oral health needs. This means that you may need to come in less or more frequently for exams and cleanings, or that brushing and flossing may not be enough for your home care routine. Your dentist should be able to give you a customized plan for care, which should include home-care methods and an office visit schedule.

Is there anything I should tell my family doctor?

Since oral hygiene is linked to so many other bodily conditions, your dentist may find signs of non-oral diseases in your mouth. Your dentist may also see early evidence of side effects from drugs you’re taking, in which case you’ll want to talk with your regular doctor about switching meds.

Ballard Family Dentistry offers many options to squash any fears or concerns you may have about coming to the Dentist. Many of our patients had not been to a dentist in 10, 20, or more years before taking the leap of faith with our dental team. Give us a try…we will not let you down.

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