9 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

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When you go to the dentist, it’s typical for the dental hygienist and dentist to ask you an array of questions. However, many people don’t take the opportunity to ask questions of their own.


With more information about your own teeth, you will be better equipped to maintain good oral hygiene and therefore, good dental health.


Here are 9 questions you should ask your dentist during your next appointment.


How Is My Overall Dental Health?

The dental hygienist or dentist should discuss with you any problems they find during the examination, but asking this question will provide you with a recap of any problems and the things you can do to address them.


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How Can I Improve My Dental Health?

The dental hygienist or dentist will be able to offer suggestions on ways to further improve your dental health.


How Do I Properly Floss?

Ask the dental hygienist or dentist to show you how to properly floss your teeth. You can ask for a mirror to watch the dental hygienist floss during your cleaning, or you can ask after your cleaning.
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What Toothpaste Is Best for Me?

Walking down the dental care aisle of a store can be daunting with all of the options available. However, the dentist will be able to inform you about the benefits you should seek in a toothpaste. The dentist will also likely always recommend a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


Should I Use an Electric or Manual Toothbrush?

Both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective; the most important thing about a toothbrush is using it. However, your dentist will be able to recommend the type of toothbrush that will be most effective for your personal needs.


Am I Brushing Correctly?

If you’re concerned that you might be applying too much pressure when you brush your teeth, or that you aren’t doing an effective job, ask the dentist to show you the proper way to brush your teeth, including pressure and technique.


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Should I Use Mouthwash? If So, What Kind?

Mouthwash has both pros and cons. By evaluating your dental health, the dentist will be able to recommend whether or not using mouthwash will be good for your oral health.


Alcohol mouthwash can irritate your mouth if you struggle with canker sores, but an alcohol-free mouthwash with fluoride can help protect your enamel.


What Are Things I Should Avoid in My Diet?

The dentist will be able to recommend foods and beverages you should avoid to protect your teeth and overall dental health. While coffee and fruit juices are always on the list of avoidance, many people don’t know that you should opt for tap water instead of bottled water.


What Foods Are Good for My Teeth?

It’s helpful to know which foods to avoid, but it’s just as important to know which foods promote oral health. Your dentist will also be able to tell you how to reduce the effects of acidic and sugary foods on your teeth.



When you visit the dentist, make sure you ask questions. When you’re well informed about your mouth, you’re better equipped to maintain good dental health. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist every six months.


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For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. We are dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the best dental care.