The Questions Every Patient Should Be Asking Their Dentist!
As a leading Dental provider for the Houston Area we are proud to provide the highest quality care, personalized to each of our patients’ needs. We pride ourselves on treating you and your family in the most ethical manner possible and education is a large part of the process to delivering amazing smiles.
Regular dental visits are extremely important for maintaining healthy teeth and a perfect smile. Finding a dental practice and a dentist that’s right for you isn’t a very difficult job when you know what you are looking for and are aware of the questions you should ask your dentist. Good communication is the key to a healthy relationship. Your connection with your dentist depends on how effectively you communicate with them.
Discussing a patient’s health concerns, dental habits and fears make a big difference in your overall satisfaction with your provider and the experience in the office. Because we want to develop a long term relationship that you are comfortable with we encourage you to ask questions. Some of those crucial questions that you should be asking are:
How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
Everyone is different but generally most people need a dental checkup every 6 months so it’s good to ask what’s best in your individual case.
What is the best oral hygiene regimen for me?
You can easily improve your at-home dental care with some basic tips from your dentist. They can quickly identify which areas you may have been missing.
How can I improve my smile?
Asking a broad question is often great because it can allow for an opportunity for your dentist to give you more wide ranging feedback which can drastically improve your smile.
Do I have any dental health conditions I should be aware of?
The conversation on the current health of your smile can be easily approached with this question and lead to some specific insights on how you can work together to improve issues that may be potential issues in the future.
How can I have a whiter smile?
This question will provide you with a sense of how you can ensure your smile being as beautiful as possible.
Do I need any dental treatments?
Talking to your dentist about your potential treatments may open up options about items that may be extremely beneficial to your smile.
Am I grinding my teeth?
Bruxism – involuntary teeth grinding – is an issue that a lot of people suffer from and never deal with. You may not even know it until the long term effects become apparent.
Should I change my diet in any way?
Food can have a tremendous effect on your dental health. Asking your dentist about recommendations on any dietary changes can be a great way to improve your smile.
What are your payment and financial policies?
We make it a policy to be upfront about all financial policies at our dental practice but you should always ask before starting in any new treatment.
What kind of continuing education are you doing?
Dentistry is constantly evolving and your dentist should be regularly attending continuing education to keep up with the latest trends. We encourage you to never be afraid to ask about how we stay current with the newest treatments and technologies. We love to talk about our craft!
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We hope these questions allow you to get more out of your experience with our office or any other office you may happen to visit. These questions often lead to you getting to know more about your dentist and their expertise in the field. The questions will allow to gauge the health of your smile and where it can be in the future. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment today!