Asking questions in the dentist’s chair is heartily encouraged by our Saint Louis dentists. We know that the more you learn about caring for your smile, the more empowered you will be to make the right decisions for your smile. Keep reading to learn more about some important questions to ask…
One of the best thing you can do to improve your at-home dental routine is to talk to your dental team about what type of toothbrush bristle is right for you. Bristles range from “soft” to “extra firm.” You want to pick a toothbrush that thoroughly cleans your smile without being too abrasive on your enamel and gums. Your dentist is here to help you make the right decision!
Your dental team will also help you create an effective and proactive schedule for professional cleanings. You may already know that the ADA recommends adult patients come in for cleanings every six months—for many of us this works well! If, however, you are living with any whole body or oral health conditions, more frequent cleanings may benefit you. The good news is that your dentist can make a personalized recommendation based on your smile!
We also encourage you to be open with your dentist if you start to notice any signs of symptoms of bruxism in your daily life. Bruxism is characterized by tooth grinding and clenching; this can occur during the day or while you’re asleep at night. Ask your dentist for guidance if you start to experience headaches, jaw pain, tooth pain, neck stiffness, or disturbed sleep.
So, the next time you see your dentist, don’t hesitate to speak up! Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you get the care you need and deserve. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!