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Questions to Ask Your Dentist

May 28, 2022
Posted By: Blue Bird Dentistry
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Sometimes, when you’re with your dentist, you can’t recall the questions you wanted to ask. Fortunately, our team is always here for you, and you can call our office anytime you have a question or want tips to care for your smile between dental visits. Blue Bird Dentistry happily welcomes patients nearby in Fredericksburg, and surrounding Virginia areas areas such as Falmouth, Southern Gateway, Brookfield, and beyond.

Let’s explore some of the best and most helpful questions to ask the your dentist in Fredericksburg, VA. 

#1 How Often Should I Visit the Dentist for Checkups and Teeth Cleanings?

This is an excellent question! Typically, Dr. Mohamed Elnahass, DDS likes to see patients every six months to monitor their oral health and provide teeth cleanings that lower their risks for preventable conditions. Most dentists agree on this schedule.

However, if you have an oral health condition like gingivitis or gum disease, your dentist provides a more customized schedule.

At your twice-yearly preventive dental visits, we provide the following:

  • Thorough dental checkup
  • X-rays as needed
  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • Oral cancer screenings

Your dentist may also recommend other preventive treatments during this visit, including fluoride treatments to strengthen your tooth enamel.

#2 How Many Times a Day Should I Brush and Floss?

Of course, it’s always better to brush and floss after every meal. But twice daily on brushing and at least one thorough flossing before bedtime should be the goal. If you have a specific oral health condition or are prone to tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a customized at-home schedule.

Additionally, when you brush and floss, be sure to spend time hitting every tooth on all sides. And always use a fresh section of dental floss for each pass between teeth to prevent moving debris around.

#3 Can You Recommend a Mouthwash?

Your dentist can recommend a mouthwash that addresses your specific issues or complements your oral health profile.

If you have a dry mouth, for example, your dentist will recommend a specific type of mouthwash that is hydrating and free from alcohol. We can also point you in the right direction if you have sensitive teeth.

#4 Are My Teeth and Gums Healthy?

This is another excellent question that allows your dentist to discuss strengths and weaknesses. For example, your dentist may find that you’re an excellent brusher but are missing areas with dental floss.

Additionally, your dentist can provide tips to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums if you’ve already presented with a cavity- and issue-free smile. This can include dietary recommendations and improved brushing and flossing tips.

#5 Do You Treat Dental Emergencies?

Our emergency dentist in Fredericksburg, VA, always sees patients as soon as possible when they have an oral health issue. This can include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Tooth trauma
  • Broken tooth
  • Broken restoration
  • Knocked-out tooth

If you suspect a dental emergency, contacting our dental office immediately is the best course. Unfortunately, waiting can worsen the pain and swelling and even cost you a tooth.

#6 Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry

If you take excellent care of your teeth and are unhappy with their appearance, learning more about cosmetic dentistry is a great idea. Your dentist can let you know why you’re a good candidate (or why not) and talk to you about steps or pretreatments that can help make cosmetic dentistry a reality.

Cosmetic dental services at Blue Bird Dentistry include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Invisalign
  • ClearCorrect

Your cosmetic dentist in Fredericksburg can also talk to you about combining options to makeover your smile! We can also work on a timeline and budget that fits your finances and lifestyle.

#7 Can You Replace My Missing Tooth?

Absolutely! Not only can we do it, but we recommend it for your ongoing oral health. In our dental office, we offer:

  • Dentures
  • Partials
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants
  • Implant-Supported Dentures

For longevity and long-term success, we recommend dental implants. Implants are stable and do not require added maintenance. They also help guard against bone loss in the jaw and tooth migration.Man looking up and thinking at dentist near me Falmouth, VA

Your dentist will talk to you about the various options should you require tooth replacement.

Do You Have Questions for Your Fredericksburg, VA, Dentist?

Our team is always happy to answer your questions!

If you would like to chat with a team member or if it’s time to schedule a checkup with your dentist, give Blue Bird Dentistry a call today at (540) 373-1641.

Patients come to us from many locations in Virginia, including Fredericksburg, Falmouth, Brookfield, and your city.

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