It’s important to visit the dentist twice a year (approximately every six months) to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. These visits are opportunities for your dentist to examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease or decay and to give your teeth a cleaning. They are also good times to ask your dentist for advice on how best to maintain good oral hygiene and to talk about any concerns you may have. For your next appointment at Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ, here are a few questions you may want to ask.
How can I improve my oral hygiene at home?
Because you only see your dentist twice a year, the time in between those appointments are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Sure, you’ve been brushing and flossing since you were young, but your dentist could have additional tips on how to better take care of your teeth. Specifically, he or she could have advice on foods and drinks that can benefit oral health as well as those to be avoided.
My gums sometimes bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be worried about this?
Small spots of blood when brushing can be an early warning sign of gum disease (periodontitis). This is best when caught early because it’s more manageable. If left untreated, gum disease could escalate to a painful condition that could result in dental surgery or even tooth loss. Your dentist at Robison Dental Group will examine your gums to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan, if needed.
Do I need dental x-rays?
You probably had a full set of dental x-rays taken when you first started visiting Robison Dental Group. These images are beneficial for showing your dentist what’s going on below the gum line. Most patients will need to have bitewing x-rays (a single view of the upper and lower back teeth) taken every year and a full mouth series every four to five years. Patients who are at a higher risk of tooth decay or have received dental treatment may need them more frequently.
What are my options for sedation dentistry?
People don’t generally enjoy visiting the dentist, but they are still able to make their appointments without too much trouble. Some patients, however, experience severe dental anxiety and need a little help relaxing. Other times, a complex procedure such as a root canal or tooth extraction may need you to relax as well. For these situations, sedation dentistry can be used. There are various types available: conscious sedation (when mediation is administered by a pill), injection, or a combination of both. You can discuss these options with your dentist, who will choose the type best suited to your procedure and your needs.
At Robison Dental Group, we are dedicated to helping the patients of Mesa, AZ maintain healthy teeth and gums. The next time you visit, don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have to better educate yourself on oral health.