By Autumn Miller on Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Before any trip to the doctor, it’s a good idea to think ahead of time about any questions that you want to ask. When patients are actually at their appointment, they often forget things they’ve been meaning to discuss – and usually remember them when they’re back home. Doctors recommend that you write down your questions beforehand and bring them with you. And a dentist is no different.
Dentists are highly-trained professionals with plenty of knowledge that’s just waiting to be tapped. And who better to ask than the expert who knows you and your mouth best? Your dentist is certainly more qualified than any search engine or internet site. So take advantage of their expertise and grill them on any burning questions next time you’re in the chair. Just wait until all of the cotton is out of your mouth first.
Feel free to ask about the usual stuff like flossing, tooth brush types, or over the counter teeth whiteners. But if you really want to pick their brain, and keep better tabs on your oral health, here are some other questions for your dentist:
- How does my oral health affect my overall health? What body parts are connected to my mouth?
There are quite a few ways they are related. Encourage your dentist to explain how oral health may affect your heart and other organs.
What are cold sores, really, and are they harmful?
You’ve probably heard of herpes before, but you may be surprised to learn that cold sores are a type of herpes. Ask your dentist to explain what a cold sore is, whether it is contagious, how to avoid getting one, and what to do if you do get one.
- Why does my jawbone hurt sometimes, especially when I feel stressed? Or, what exactly is TMJ, how do I get it, and can I avoid it?
Your dentist can explain where your temporomandibular joint is located, how it may cause pain, and suggest ways you can manage your stress without causing this condition.
- When the hygienist examines my mouth before cleaning my teeth, what is he or she looking for?
The number of health issues that can occur in your mouth may surprise you. Dry mouth and oral cancer are just some of the many problems that can be uncovered by hygienists.
- If you are taking regular medications for a medical condition, ask your dentist whether your medications are likely to have any effect on your oral health. This applies to vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements too.
- Everyone knows that garlic and onions are culprits, but the list doesn’t stop there. What causes bad breath?
- Which foods can benefit my teeth and gums? Which foods can do more harm than good?
- If you drink red wine, you might have noticed a red stain on your teeth after enjoying a glass. Does moderate alcohol drinking actually harm teeth or gums?
Your dentist will be more than happy to discuss any oral health questions you may have. After all, they’re concerned about your health too!