Going to the dentist can be a stressful thing if you have had a bad experience in the past or feel self conscious about your smile and oral health. You should not let things like this or anything else to stop you from putting your health first. Your dentists is there to make sure you are healthy and no judgment is put on you for laps in dental care or how your smile looks.
What should my oral hygiene regiment be?
All the latest research shows oral hygiene is a big component of total body health and oftentimes having good oral hygiene helps control or prevent other diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Ask your dentist and dental hygienist what type of tooth bush and toothpaste to use, how often you need to floss, do you need a tongue cleaning brush, and what type of mouth rinse to use.
How often should I come to the dentist?
Most people only need to go twice a year to maintain their oral health but sometimes it is necessary to go four or more times a year. This all depends on how well you keep up with oral hygiene at home and if you have a history of periodontal disease or heavy plaque buildup.
How can I improve my smile?
Never be afraid to ask your dentist for suggestions on how to improve your smile. That is what they are there for and you are not committed to doing any treatment but will have a knowledge of possibilities should you want to change anything about your smile down the road. Dentist have easy ways to brighten and change your smile; from whitening, to Invisalign, and veneers.
Should I whiten my teeth?
Your dentist can provide you with options on the best ways to whiten your teeth and if they think you will get a good result. If you have thin enamel (white part if our teeth) then you might never get a super white smile and your dentist might suggest bonding or veneers. If you want fast results and don’t have sensitive teeth then in-office whitening is a great option and if you’re not in a rush then over the counter whitening if perfect and give decent results.
Are there alternative treatments?
You should always ask your dentist for alternative treatment options if you feel uncomfortable about what is suggested and never feel bad about doing so. There are multiple ways (usually) to repair teeth. Your dentist will provide you with many options, tell you which they believe is best for you, and the success and longevity you will get out of each option. You are in charge of your oral health and have the right to ask for alternative treatment and the risk and benefits of each.