3 Questions To Ask Your Dentist

dentist office baltimoreAt Valley Dental Health, we encourage our patients to visit for routine dental cleanings and exams at least once every six months. This ensures that our doctors can keep a close eye on your dental health and catch any minor issues before they develop into major dental concerns. Your biannual dental appointments are a great time to ask questions and become more informed about the current state of your dental health. Here are three great questions to ask during your upcoming dental appointment:

How can I improve my oral hygiene routine?

During your dental cleaning, your hygienst can offer suggestions on how to improve your oral hygiene routine based on what they notice about your smile during your appointment. For example, if there is more plaque and tartar buildup in a certain area of your smile, this is an indication that that area is not being brushed or flossed as thoroughly as other areas. They can point this out to you so that you know to go back and brush and floss those areas one more time after completing caring for the rest of your smile. Additionally, they can offer advice on how to use electric toothbrushes, what flossing products work best for other patients, and what ingredients to look for in good mouthwashes. This honest and open feedback about the current state of your dental health will help you make necessary adjustments and improvements before your next dental appointment.

What are the treatment options for my dental concerns?

Any dental concerns that you’ve experiencce outside of the dentist’s office should be brought up during your routine exams. This is a great time to learn more about your treatment options. Our Baltimore dentist office offers treatments to address any and all dental concerns including missing teeth, bad breath, tension headaches, and dental sensitivity. For example, if you have experienced frequent tensions headaches, earaches, or jaw pain, you should let your dentist know about these symptoms as they could be the signs of a TMJ disorder caused by underlying dental concerns. The sooner we are informed about your dental concerns, the more likely it is that we will be able to offer you conservative treatment options.

What are my cosmetic dentistry options?

Elective cosmetic dentistry procedures are offered for patients interested in improving the overall appearance of their smiles. Valley Dental Health offers porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign, and Digital Smile Design. With a combination of these services, we can completely transfrom your smile. Whether you want a subtle change or a dramatic transformation, we can offer you the cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve your unique goals. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists, or ask about your cosmetic dentistry options during your upcoming appointment.