Dental care is one of the most important aspects of our overall health, yet it can also be one of the most confusing. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and answered them as best we can. We hope this article provides some clarity for you on oral health and general dentistry.
Should I See a Dentist?
People frequently ask whether or not they should visit a dentist. Your body tries to communicate with you when there are problems in your health. The same is true for your mouth. Call us as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of mouth health problems:
- Persistent and bad breath, which is caused by dental cavities and gum disease, can be more than just a social issue. If it’s determined that your bad breath isn’t related to any of these problems, the doctor may give you some ideas for alleviating your breathing issues.
- Excessively hot or cold drinks and food can cause sensitivity to temperature changes. A dental abscess, which is an infection of the gum or tooth, can spread beyond the gum line which is a serious concern that may be felt as sensitivity to chilly or warm conditions.
- A painful or nonhealing spot. Ulcers, sores, and sensitive areas in the gums may be signs of a variety of health issues. They not only influence your teeth and gums but also your overall health.
- Bleeding or swollen gums. No, a bloodstain in the sink is not acceptable. Gum tissue should not bleed (unless you are brushing too hard). Bleeding gums is most often an indication of gum disease or gingivitis, both of which can lead to tooth loss and serious bodily problems that may have an impact on your health.
What can I do to maintain the health of my teeth?
During your examination, your dentist will look for and discuss any current concerns as well as future problems. Pay attention to this information and ask follow-up questions because it provides you a chance to do so.
Ask your dentist for a comprehensive rundown of your oral health, how you may better manage your regular care, and any other concerns you can address. A few specific dental care questions you can ask include:
- Are my brushing and flossing technique effective?
- Do you have the proper brushing and flossing technique down?
- Is the dental equipment I’m using the finest option for my teeth?
- How do my gums and X-rays look?
- Is there anything about our dental health that we should be more concerned about?
Make a list of every problem you’re having, no matter how big or little it may seem. If you have any pain, sensitivity, or abnormalities, bring them up! Keep in mind that detecting problems early on is critical to successful therapy and the best method to preserve dental health.
How Many Appointments Do I Need Each Year?
It makes no difference how old you are; everyone should visit their dentist at least twice a year to have their teeth cleaned and examined for underlying oral health problems. If you have advanced dental issues, you may need to come in more frequently.
Why is proper oral hygiene essential?
Oral hygiene is the most crucial aspect of your teeth for life, and it may even aid in the prevention of disease throughout the body. Poor dental health is linked to a number of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. All you need to maintain good oral hygiene at home are two times a day of brushing and flossing.
Is it true that dental treatment is painful?
This is usually on the top of our patients’ list, as millions of individuals suffer from dental anxiety. The good news is that dental treatment does not cause pain when you come to our clinic. We provide a variety of methods to help you relax. One method is to give pain medication so that you may relax and feel at ease.
Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment Today!
If you have any other questions feel free to call our dental office to get quick answers from our highly-educated and friendly dental staff. We’d be happy to schedule your next appointment. You can also give us a call at (915) 778-4681 or schedule the easy online booking in the Appointments tab above!