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6 Questions You Can Ask Your Dentist

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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In addition to those who neglect to visit a dentist at all, there are also many people who are afraid to ask questions while at the dentist. Our advice: don’t be afraid to ask us any and ALL of your questions! In fact, that’s important so that you can get the most out of your every visit to see us!

Said another way, we’re advocates for your oral health—and your total health—so take advantage of their knowledge at your next check-up! Asking questions will help you better understand your mouth and how to keep it healthy.

Here are a few ideas of what’s important to know, what we hear from patients, and what’s important to ask if it’s on your mind!

1. “What’s the Best Way to Take Care of My Teeth at Home?”

Most of the time, you’re the one taking care of your teeth! Professional teeth cleanings are clearly important, but it’s ultimately up to you to do the heavy lifting with your day in and day out habits and oral hygiene. So, it’s important to find the best at-home regimen for a healthy smile.

Everyone’s health regimens are different. You may need to do more or less than someone else to maintain a healthy smile. Your dentist is able to examine your mouth in its entirety, which means he or she will have a better idea on how you should be taking care of it. Be sure to ask your dentist, who can provide you with a personalized care plan, built around your ongoing needs, AND they can give you instructions on how to properly follow it (1).

2. “How Does Nutrition Impact The Health of My Gums & Teeth?”

Your oral hygiene habits aren’t the only key player in the health of your teeth. Your diet also plays a large role in maintaining a healthy smile. Foods with strikingly high levels of sugar are still very predominant, and can pose a problem to many of us—not just for our oral hygiene, but for our overall health.

Taking into account the rest of your medical history and stats, we can help work with you to answer this question.

In general, with very little nutritional value, high-sugar foods can actually harm your teeth. Your dentist can typically tell if you’ve been indulging in foods with high sugar or high acidic content. He or she should be able to recommend foods to stay away from (or enjoy in moderation), and also tell you which foods are good for your teeth (2,3). (It’s worth saying that this isn’t medical advice; be sure to talk to your dentist for more information!)

3. “What Information Should I be Relaying to You from My Family Physician/Pediatrician?”

It’s important that your dentist knows about any changes in your overall health status. Remember that your body works as a unit. Changes in health conditions, new medications, or even changes in your lifestyle can affect your teeth, and that’s ALSO part of why we ask YOU about any changes to your health or about any medications you are taking.

4. “Why are Dental X-Rays Important and Why Should I Choose to Have Them Taken?”

Your dentist can gather quite a bit just by looking into your mouth and examining its insides. However, there are some things that a dentist cannot see just by a visual exam. The X-Rays can give your dentist a thorough, more detailed picture of your pearly whites and their home. These photos aid in the early detection of any problems. Put another way, we use them as diagnostic tools!

(Also know that our dental x-ray machines are quite sensitive, so you don’t need to worry about the amount of radiation needed to use them! For comparison’s sake, you get more radiation from your every day background radiation.)

X-rays show decay and infections beneath the surface, which is why they are so important. We’re better able to see any issues with bone loss, your jaw, and anything unusual happening with the soft tissues. If you have a cavity or tooth decay, for example, it shows up as darker on your radiograph.

5. “How Do I Make My Teeth Whiter?”

Almost everyone strives for a whiter smile; the question is in how to achieve it. There are countless products on the market that promise white teeth, and you should find out which products are reliable and which ones aren’t. Knowing what your goals are and knowing about any teeth sensitivity can help your dentist help YOU to make your teeth whiter—whether that be with professional teeth whitening OR just by eliminating foods that tend to stain the teeth over time.

Some people will have more surface stains than others, requiring a stronger method of whitening, which is why your dentist can help you navigate the decision. Your dentist will suggest which products might work best for you, and which ones aren’t a fit for you.

6. “Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?”

Ever bit into a spoonful of ice cream and had shivers shoot through your teeth? This is called tooth sensitivity; people with tooth sensitivity feel pain when they eat something that is hot or cold, or sweet or acidic.  This is a result of thinning enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth that protects them.

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, you should notify your dentist and ask why you’re experiencing it. He or she should be able to narrow down various factors to find the root of your sensitivity, and then walk you through a routine to help fix it or eliminate it as much as possible.

It’s great when you tell us about things going on inside your mouth—such as any tooth or gum sensitivity—that way we can come up with a solution or plan on how to proceed together.

We’re Happy to Answer Any & All Of Your Questions

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We want to answer any and all questions you have about your smile. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask us a question or discuss your concerns with us at your next check-up!

Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit!

Sources:

  1. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/top-10-dental-questions-you-should-ask-1015
  2. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/ada-04-food-choices-affect-your-oral-health
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/06/11/questions-should-be-asking-your-dentist.html
  4. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/oral-health/5-questions-to-always-ask-your-dentist/

Most Commonly Asked Questions: Dentures

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Q: What’s all this I’m hearing about Overdentures?

A: Millions of people are missing enough teeth to require dentures. Overdentures are what we like to call “the answer for slipping dentures.” Many people have grown accustomed to, or put up with slipping or wandering dentures—but there’s a better way!

Overdentures are an effective way to ensure that your dentures stay secure and in place. Your dentures or bridge are anchored with an implant to make sure there is no issue of loose-fitting dentures. What we find is that people have renewed confidence, better chewing, improved speech, and increased comfort with Overdentures.

Q: What are the other benefits of denture stabilization in my mouth beyond just aesthetics?

A: Overdentures are a great solution because they have long-term durability. Besides renewing your confidence, keep in mind that often times we see benefits to health and diet once you are able to restore proper chewing habits. The cost and upkeep associated with denture adhesives is a thing of the past!

In many cases, Overdentures will allow you to retain many of your natural teeth, which can be a positive in terms of keeping your jaw bone healthy/avoiding bone loss in the jaw if those teeth had to also be removed. Other benefits of Overdentures include:

• Better stimulation of your jaw bone—which can slow and stop the shrinkage process that is seen when teeth are missing in the mouth
• Better stability and comfort, resulting in less embarrassment and less sores that result from chewing and talking
• Better ability for your lower facial structure to hold its natural shape, enabling you to avoid premature aging due to your teeth/bone loss

Q: My dentures fit me just fine. Do I still need to visit the dentist regularly?

A: The answer is…yes! Just because you have dentures does not mean you should no longer visit the dentist regularly. Remember we are also checking for any signs of gum disease by looking over your jaw, gum, as well as tongue. Since your mouth can be a great indicator of your overall health, we can also ensure you do not have oral cancer.

Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of oral cancer cases are discovered later than they need to be. If you still come in to your dentist regularly, we are able to make sure your dentures are still fitting well, and we can help solve any denture-related problems you may be having.

Q: It’s exciting to hear that this kind of dental treatment can serve as a stable foundation for my teeth. What else should I know?

A: Dentures are often not talked about as much as our other treatments—but be sure to ask us any questions you have when you come in to visit us. For people with missing teeth, Overdentures provide you with a premier, top-of-the-line solution so you can keep smiling and living a healthy life. Get in touch with us today.