Questions to Ask Your Dentist

During regular dental visits, we encourage our patients to ask us questions about their oral health. We are happy to help educate our patients about their symptoms, treatment options, and how to maintain their smiles at home. Here we will review common dental questions you should ask our dental team in our Newport News, VA, dental office. These questions can also help us create treatments customized to your specific needs.

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Ask These Dental Questions in Newport News, VA

There are several common questions you should ask a dentist at regular visits and when you have a dental problem:

How can I improve my smile?

If you have cosmetic or restorative concerns, we can advise which treatments are best for your smile. Teeth whitening treatment can create a brighter smile, Invisalign can address crooked teeth, and veneers can address discoloration and damage. As for restorations, we usually recommend dental implants, implant-secured bridges, or dentures for patients with one or multiple missing teeth. Crowns can cover weakened, worn, or broken teeth. Additionally, if you have more minor oral hygiene concerns, we can teach you the best methods of caring for your smile.

What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

Typically, we recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes for our patients. Brushes with medium or firm bristles can damage the natural tooth enamel and even restorations like crowns or veneers. Too much pressure on the teeth can also lead to bleeding gums and gum recession. Additionally, we do not recommend toothpaste that contain abrasives as they can also damage the teeth and gums. Always look for a brand approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).

What does this pain, discoloration, etc. mean?

Let us know if you have a dental problem that you want us to examine at your next dental appointment. Whether you have a small cosmetic issue or multiple restorative problems, we can help create a customized treatment plan.

How should I brush and floss my smile?

If you use a manual toothbrush, place the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush at the gum line. Gently brush the outer teeth, inner part of the teeth, and chewing surfaces in circular motions. You do not need to rotate your brush if you have an electric toothbrush. Simply place the brush at the correct angle and brush the same areas.

You should also floss before your brush. Flossing before brushing your teeth has multiple benefits. First, flossing removes bits of food and bacterial buildup (plaque) between teeth. Second, flossing before brushing allows the fluoridated toothpaste to reach between teeth to fight harmful bacteria and strengthen the tooth enamel.

Do I need to discuss problems with my doctor?

Oral health can impact overall health. For instance, patients with heart problems are more prone to developing gum disease. We will let you know if we find a dental problem that can affect your overall health. Please also provide our office with your dental and medical history.

Do you have any more questions for our dental office? Request a dental appointment with Dr. William Harper and his dental team online. You can also call 757.414.7227 to make your next dental visit.