Picture this: you find yourself sitting in the exam chair at your bi-annual appointment with the dentist. You did your best to make small talk with the hygienist –– talking with dental instruments in your mouth is tricky! –– and your dentist finally ends the visit by asking if you have any questions. Your mind goes blank. There was something you were going to ask, but what was it?

If you’re trying to make the most out of your next visit to your general dentist for a cleaning and exam, there are a few questions you can ask to boost your understanding and maximize your time spent in the dental chair. Here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, we believe in patient education. The more you know about your oral health, the better you’ll be able to care for your teeth and mouth.

Being an advocate for your health is crucial, and asking your health practitioners questions is a wonderful way to feel empowered. Not sure where to start? We can help. Read on to learn some general questions for your dentist and discover how to feel prepared to get the information you need at your next cleaning appointment.

How is my overall dental health?

Your dentist’s answer to this question can give you a good idea of how well your oral hygiene routine is working. This is also a great way for you to gain insight into other areas of your lifestyle or health that could be contributing to your dental health, good or bad. If you’re at risk for dental health problems, your dentist can use this time to explain the conditions and how to prevent them.

How can I improve my oral health?

We all know that brushing and flossing at least twice per day is the best way to care for your mouth. But depending on your teeth, your dentist might have additional ideas on how to better protect your pearly whites.

Pay close attention to specific procedures or treatments that your dentist recommends for you during your exam and cleaning. Your dentist can also help you determine if you’re brushing correctly, using the proper type and amount of toothpaste, or if it’s time to incorporate a new product or practice into your daily oral hygiene routine.

Should I make a visit to my family doctor?

You’d be surprised at how connected your dental health is to your overall health. Your dentist may be able to spot the signs of a non-dental medical problem that may require attention from your primary care physician. Asking this question will make sure that all the right people have the relevant information regarding your health.

In addition to these general questions, it’s a good idea to also make a list of any specific questions or concerns you may have about your oral health. Let your regular dentist know of any changes you’ve noticed in your mouth, teeth, or gum tissue. Your dentist will want to know about any tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, or problems with your teeth alignment that you’re experiencing. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal, it could be a symptom of something more serious. Trust us –– it’s always better to catch a problem early. The sooner your dentist detects a dental health issue, the sooner you’ll be able to treat and correct the problem.

Everyone deserves a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Our team here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado is passionate about saving our patients’ natural teeth, relieving their pain, and restoring their smiles. We are the team you need for any root canal therapy in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation to learn how we can help you!