With as many as 60% of dental patients reporting mild to severe dental phobias, we’re not surprised that many people place “Go To The Dentist” low on their to-do list. Although sitting in a dentist’s chair may not be your happy place, maintaining oral health will help protect your overall physical wellness.
Whether you’ve purposely left the dentist off your 2023 calendar or love the squeaky clean feeling a professional teeth cleaning leaves behind, we recommend checking in with your oral health to ensure we can provide the best possible individual care for you.
So as your prepare for your next professional teeth cleaning, here are several questions to consider.
1. Have I Noticed Any New Tooth Sensitivity?
Sensitivity to food temperature or texture can be one of the earliest signs of an underlying issue. While this may feel like a minor annoyance to you, family dentists and oral hygienists are trained to use any symptoms you may be experiencing as a clue to uncover more significant issues.
It’s essential to bring any sensitivity concerns to your dentist’s attention to avoid common dental emergencies. If you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, early detection can be an invaluable source for addressing any oral problems. By coupling self-awareness with regularly scheduled family dentistry appointments, you are preserving your health and well-being — for more than just your teeth!
2. When Did I Last Get a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
There’s a reason why regular dental checkup appointments include a deep cleaning. Our tools remove excess plaque and tartar that even the most diligent at-home brushers and flossers cannot access. Dental professionals are also trained to polish your teeth as a part of this process in order to remove plaque and surface stains.
If professional teeth cleanings don’t happen consistently, all of this build-up can lead to tooth decay and cavities. And if those issues aren’t addressed in a timely manner, they can turn into infections, toothaches, and even tooth loss which you will need a prosthodontist treatment like dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, etc. So if your last professional cleaning is a distant memory, you’re certainly overdue for a professional cleaning.
3. How is My Oral Hygiene Routine Actually Going?
You’ve likely heard this industry-wide advice: brush twice per day, floss daily, and make sure your go-to toothpaste contains fluoride. Realistically, however, we understand numerous life circumstances can make this advice feel far from attainable. For example, research shows when someone’s struggling with their mental health, they’re actually more likely to be diagnosed with periodontal disease and tooth decay. It’s common for people to have periods of time where they are less invested in their oral hygiene.
On the other hand, if you’ve spent time and money on ensuring you have the tools necessary to take care of your teeth properly but may be unsure how to use them effectively, it’s helpful to come to your next dental visit with this information. We’re happy to review the correct brushing and flossing techniques so you are fully equipped with valuable knowledge.
If you’re concerned about any judgment, know that will never happen; we’re a shame-free team here at Rhoades DDS! Instead, we’ll be grateful that you’ve given us this helpful information, so we can provide you with better treatment!
4. Have I Scheduled my First 2023 Dental Appointment?
It can be hard to remember to fill a new year’s calendar with all of the necessary appointments, especially if you’re a parent or caregiver. But when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, visiting the dentist twice a year is essential!
When you give us a call to get scheduled, let us know if you are prone to cavities, if you struggle with dental phobias or anxieties, or if you have any new health conditions that may impact your care, such as a weakened immune system or a pregnancy.
Reviewing these questions regularly allows you to keep your mouth clean and healthy throughout the year, and avoid common problems like gingivitis or halitosis. Rhoades Dentistry believes in making our patients feel comfortable in the dental chair, and we can’t wait to help you. In the meantime, if you have other questions between appointments, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help.