When you last visited your dentist, did you keep to yourself and just try to muster through your appointment? That should never be the case! You’re missing out on many opportunities to improve your oral health when you hold back asking your dental team questions—especially when it comes to your dental hygienist.
The next time that you decide to visit your dentist in Belchertown, be sure to ask either your dentist or your hygienist these 3 questions to optimize your dental health.
What is the cause of my dental pain (if you have any)?
If you scheduled your dental visit in between your regular preventive checkups because of dental pain, the main reason for visiting is to discover the culprit of your discomfort. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your appointment to understand where you pain is coming from.
Your hygienist will be able to see wear and tear on the teeth and discuss the cause of that with you, so you can work to prevent it.
Should I share anything with my regular doctor?
Dentistry allows your oral health team to discover problems with your whole body much sooner than even your regular doctor can. Why is that?
In many cases, conditions that affect the whole body will have symptoms that affect your oral health first. For instance, if you have reoccurring cavities and chronic bad breath that you and your dentist just can’t seem to get rid of, there could be an underlying cause like the development of diabetes.
Your hygienist will be able to communicate any concerns that they have to you so that you can report them to your doctor for further evaluation.
Can I improve my oral hygiene at home?
Even the most detailed patients who are over compulsive about hygiene can improve on their dental care practices at home. Maybe you’re a patient who brushes their teeth too often and caused some enamel erosion. Your hygienist will be able to recommend better dental products like a softer toothbrush to improve your oral health.
If you need to be more vigorous about your dental hygiene at home, that will also be communicated to you! You just have to ask for the best dental advice while you’re in the office.
As you can tell, your dental hygienist is just as important as any other part of our dental practice. Feel free to use them as a helpful resource when you come to visit us.
About Our Office
Here at Valley Dentists of Belchertown, we want all of our patients—new and returning—to feel confident in what our dental team has to offer. We only employ the best of the best from the dentists that run the office to our office team that interacts with our patients every day. Learn more about how we can help you by giving us a call!