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10 Things You Should Ask Your Dentist

10 Things Your Should Ask Your Dentist
Posted on 11/17/2017
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Welcome to the blog of Dr. Tom B. Styles, D.D.S.! As a leading dental practice serving the San Antonio area, we're proud to provide high-quality, personalized dental care to our patients, but we believe that in addition to in-office treatments, patient education is vitally important to a healthy smile. We'll be using this blog to help you understand more about what it takes to maintain great dental health, providing information about our practice, the treatments we offer, and how you can take better care of your teeth. To start off our new blog, we wanted to cover 10 crucial questions to ask your dentist.

Top 10 Things to Ask Your Dentist

1. How can I improve my smile?

This question is great because it's broad – it gives your dentist room to provide wide-ranging feedback, specific to your unique situation.

2. What should my oral hygiene regimen be?

This is a good thing to ask because it will help you improve your at-home dental care, which is vital to a great smile.

3. How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

While most people need a dental checkup every 6 months, everyone is different, so it's good to ask what's best in your specific case.

4. How can I keep my teeth whiter?

This question will give you a sense of how to keep your smile looking as beautiful as possible.

5. Do I have any dental health conditions I should know about?

This question will start a conversation about the current health of your smile, providing insight into how you can improve it.

6. Do I need any dental treatments?

Even if your smile seems fine, you may benefit from certain dental treatments. It's good to talk your potential options over with your dentist.

7. What are your payment and financial policies?

It's always important to understand the financial policies of your dental practice, so ask this question before starting treatment.

8. What is your continuing education policy?

The science and practice of dentistry is constantly changing, and your dentist should be attending continuing education to keep up with the latest. Don't be afraid to ask how they stay current with new treatments and technologies.

9. Am I grinding my teeth?

Some people suffer from bruxism, or involuntary teeth grinding – and may not even know it. Ask your dentist if you have signs of bruxism and how you might treat it.

10. Should I change my diet in any way?

Believe it or not, food has a big impact on dental health. Asking your dentist if they recommend any dietary changes can be a great way to improve your smile.

Contact Your San Antonio, TX Family Dentist

These questions will help you get more out of your next dental appointment, and they'll also give you a chance to get to know your dentist better and evaluate how thorough their responses are. And, if you'd like to schedule a dentist appointment so you can answer some of these questions, Dr. Styles would be happy to help! Feel free to contact us with any questions or to request an appointment with us. Working together, we'll help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Until next time, we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for more tips and info on your dental health!