When you visit the dentist, you may not think to ask questions unless you have noticed a change in your oral health. However, we encourage patients to ask questions, even if they are in good general oral health, to help prevent future dental problems and complications. Here, we will review some of the best questions to ask your dentist in Arlington Heights, IL, whether it’s your first dental visit or your fortieth.
Questions For Your Dentist in Arlington Heights, IL
Ask these questions at your next dental appointment:
How is my overall dental health?
After a dental cleaning and examination, you can ask us about your overall health. We can give you tips on how to care for your smile at home and which areas of your smile to work on. Additionally, we can recommend in-office treatments as needed to improve your smile.
What do my symptoms mean?
If you have noticed new dental symptoms, including tooth pain or bleeding gums, please let us know. Sometimes, these symptoms may seem minor but are a sign of a larger dental issue. It is also important to communicate with us so we know you have symptoms that may not be visible to the naked eye. We can take dental x-rays to find the source of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment methods for your smile.
What toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?
Oral health care, even at-home hygiene, should be tailored to your specific needs. If you are unsure if your current routine is working for you, please let us know. There are many brushes and toothpaste to choose from, and using the right type for your smile can make oral hygiene more intuitive.
How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
Typically, a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental appointments can keep infection at bay. However, we will recommend additional treatment if we notice recurring problems, including chronic gum disease. Regular deep cleaning treatments can keep bacteria at bay and prevent worsening symptoms.
How can I improve my smile?
If you have cosmetic problems that you want to treat, including injured and discolored teeth, we can help. We will give you recommendations if you are interested in enhancing your natural smile with cosmetic treatment. Our team recommends cosmetic dentistry for patients who are in good oral health but want to straighten or brighten their smiles.
Do you have any remaining questions for us? Contact Dr. Brent Engelberg’s office for today (847) 230-9703 or request a dental appointment with our team online. We’re here to help you get high-quality dental care.