How can you improve your dental experience? What our dentist in Cheshire at Willaston Dental Care would like you to know is that one of the best ways to do so is to ask questions. Many patients often rush out of their dental visit and so lose the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their dental health.
It is through asking questions that you can find out useful information, from how to improve your oral hygiene to dietary advice to why you should do your very best to avoid gum disease.
You will find that more often than not, dental practitioners are happy to take the time to answer a patient's questions. At our dental practice, we believe that this is a significant part of patient education and patient education has become an integral part of dental care today.
As caring dental professionals, there are a few very important questions we would like more patients to ask. We thought of providing you with a list of questions to ask our dentist in Cheshire on your next dental visit.
Questions our dentist in Cheshire wishes you would ask
Asking questions during a dental appointment is a two-way street. Just as important as it is for our dentists to ask questions to ensure you get the dental care you deserve, so too is it for you to ask us questions so that your oral health concerns are addressed.
Am I brushing my teeth correctly?
It is important that you not only brush your teeth twice a day, but that you do so correctly using the right type of toothbrush for your teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth too hard can do more harm than good as this can wear down enamel and cause gum recession. Not brushing your teeth for a minimum of at least two minutes may mean your teeth are not being cleaned properly. Our dentist can provide you with the best practice techniques to use for good oral hygiene.
Am I at risk for gum disease?
Patients often don’t understand the seriousness of gum disease. This dental disease can severely impact the bone that supports teeth and increases the risk of life-threatening medical conditions. Those with advanced stages of gum disease are more likely to be at risk of cardiovascular and respiratory complications.
It is important for patients to be aware of their risk of developing gum disease so they can take steps to prevent it. A strict oral hygiene programme and regular professional dental cleanings are dentist-recommended ways to avoid gum disease.
What is a pro-dental diet?
Unwanted dental problems like cavities and tooth decay can largely be avoided by consuming foods that protect teeth. The first recommendation dentists often make is to limit the frequent consumption of sugar-heavy foods and drinks. Disease-causing bacteria feed off of these sugars to create an acidic environment in the mouth that erodes tooth enamel. Foods such as dairy products help to strengthen enamel to be more resistant and eating crunchy vegetables and fruit, like celery and apples, helps to remove plaque from teeth.
When seeing the dentist, no question is too small or silly to ask. It is better to get reliable information from a trusted dental professional. Dental health is not a luxury but a necessity for overall health and wellbeing so it is important to ensure you are doing your very best to look after your dental health. For a patient-centred dentist with the required proficiencies and empathy, choose us at Willaston Dental Care.