Questions to Ask at Your Next Dental Exam

Dental Cleaning And Examinations Fresno, CA

A dental exam should be interactive. This may be hard to imagine since little conversation happens as the dentist examines and cleans the teeth. Still, a routine dental check should go further than prolonged silence and “See you in six months!”

Regular dental checks are a good opportunity to have your questions and concerns addressed. Who knows? You might even learn something. So go ahead and ask some questions. This guide offers a few suggestions.

What the humble dental exam contributes to oral health

Regular dental exams are a way to monitor the health of the teeth, gums, oral cavity, and the area around the mouth. They are a preventative measure that allows a dentist to catch small problems before they get out of control. Routine checkups are also a great opportunity for teeth cleaning or minor maintenance of the patient’s teeth. At the end of the day, these bi-annual checkups help to keep dental bills at a minimum.

Patients can get the most out of these visits by taking advantage of their dentist’s know-how. A few questions can help toward this end. For example:

1. Ask about the overall health of the mouth

Routine dental checks are for the mouth what physicals are for the body. It would be strange to walk out of a dental checkup without having a real sense of how the mouth is doing. At this point, the dentist will let the patient know if they need any work done. This is the point where the patient and dentist work together to schedule any corrective procedures.

2. Ask if there are any areas of improvement to work on

Find out if the dentist has detected potential problem areas during the exam. They will respond by pointing out small issues that may not necessarily count as dental problems. They will also let their patient know if everything is in perfect condition.

They may advise smokers to try quitting. If they notice signs of wear, they may offer solutions to deal with teeth grinding. The dentist may ask if their patient experiences some type of discomfort. If they don’t ask, proceed with the next question if it applies.

3. Bring up teeth sensitivity or teeth grinding if it is a problem

A patient that suffers from sensitive teeth should ask for advice on the source and solution of their discomfort. The same goes for patients that deal with teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

4. Seek guidance on oral hygiene questions

A dental check-up is a perfect chance to get feedback on one’s oral hygiene routine. Ask the dentist if there are sections of your mouth or teeth that could use a little more attention. This is also a good time to ask about the ideal type of toothbrush and dental floss. Patients should also ask about mouthwash, its benefits, and its drawbacks. They should find out if some types of mouthwash are better than others.

5. Ask about teeth whitening if it is a concern

Patients that want whiter teeth should bring up teeth whitening during their routine check-up. The dentist might just add it to the checkup. A patient with permanent stains will learn about different restorations to cover their teeth.

6. Find out about oral cancer screening

Most dentists incorporate screening for oral cancer into routine dental checkups. Some do not. Patients with concerns about oral cancer should ask for the screening. The entire process only takes a few minutes.

A dental exam is in the cards for you; schedule one now

There is no downside to a dental exam, which is just one of the many reasons why you should get one. In fact, get two of them every year. Start by reaching our offices to schedule a comprehensive exam.

Request an appointment here: or call Professional Dental Care at (559) 467-1234 for an appointment in our Fresno office.

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