3 Questions To Ask Your Dentist

dentist in Boise IDAt LifeSmiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend that patients visit us twice a year for routine preventative care. During these appointments, patients should feel free to ask questions or voice concerns related to their overall dental health. Consider asking the following questions at your upcoming dental appointment:

How can I improve my oral hygiene?

During your preventative care appointments, you will receive a thorough dental cleaning from one of our amazing dental hygienists. Your dental hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth or gums. This helps stop the progression of concerns like tooth decay or gum disease. Based on the current condition of your smile, your dental hygienist will be able to tell if you are missing any spots when brushing or flossing. Ask your hygienist to tell you where they are seeing the most buildup so that you know which places to take extra care of during your at-home oral hygiene routine. You can also ask your hygienist for advice on how to properly use an electric toothbrush, what angles to floss at, or the ingredients to look for in quality dental products.

What are the treatment options for my dental concerns?

During your routine preventative care appointment, make sure your dentist is aware of any dental concerns you’ve been experiencing. Symptoms like bad breath, jaw pain, tension headaches, toothaches, or increased gum sensitivity should be mentioned to your dentist when they are performing your dental exam. They will evaluate the current health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone while also considering any symptoms you’ve experienced outside of the dentist’s office. Then, they can provide you with a list of treatment options to address your dental concerns. Patients should feel free to ask any questions about their treatment options during this time including questions about anticipated healing times, additional costs, and how these treatments will benefit their long-term health.

Do you have any cosmetic dentistry recommendations?

Once your exam is complete, you can also ask your dentist for their cosmetic dentistry recommendations. Our office offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to address any aesthetic concerns that our patients have. Whether you have minor damage to one tooth or you’re in need of a complete smile makeover, we have the right solution for you. We can address cosmetic concerns like dental discoloration, tooth misalignment, and chipped or cracked teeth. If you have cosmetic concerns, mention these during your routine appointments to get your dentist’s recommendations based on your needs and goals. Visit our Boise dental office for the care you need. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 254-6365 or request an appointment online.