You mostly think of your dental checkups as a time where you have your teeth cleaned, examined, and then you are sent off on your way. While these are both important parts of your visit, many people tend to miss out on the educational aspect of their dental appointment. Who is better to ask questions about your oral health than your dental provider? Next time you see your dentist in Greenfield, don’t be afraid to throw some of the following questions their way.
In What Ways Can I Improve My Smile?
While this question leaves out specifics, that is what makes it so helpful. Your dentist could bring up a vide variety of different topics that relate to your oral health. For example, they could give you feedback on your oral hygiene routine or they could let you know which harmful habits you may want to avoid. Whatever advice they give you, it is bound to be beneficial.
Are There Any Dental Treatments I Should Consider?
You may not necessarily be in need of any additional dental treatments, but that does not mean that you wouldn’t benefit from one or another. When you ask this question, your dentist will be able to discuss your options and how different treatments could positively affect your smile.
How Does My Diet Affect My Teeth?
One thing that has a huge impact on your oral health (and the rest of your body) is your diet. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body after all. If you find that you get cavities frequently, your diet could be the issue. When you talk to your dentist, they can give you advice on which foods and beverages you should cut back on and what kind of nutrients you should get plenty of.
How Can I Enhance My Smile?
Your dentist is primarily concerned about the health of your smile, but they also care about your confidence. Cosmetic dentistry is a growing industry, and you may just find a treatment that interests you. Talk to your dentist about which ones are available so you can make a decision together.
What Are Your Financial Policies?
Before your appointment, you should ask your dental team if they are in-network with your dental insurance plan. If there aren’t in-network, this doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck. They may still be happy to file any claims on your behalf. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask about their different payment options. Receiving essential dental care shouldn’t mean breaking the bank.
During your next visit, don’t be shy. Ask your dentist some of these questions so you can gain the knowledge you need to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
About the Author
Dr. William Carini earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Marquette University of Dentistry and has completed countless hours of continuing education in a variety of different areas of the field. He is currently a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He’d be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your oral health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (414) 258-9630.