Common Questions To Ask Your Dentist
We at Long Island Smile love to answer your questions. Its typical during your routine dental exams that we would ask you a slew of questions, but it’s important that you ask us a few as we work to create lasting, vibrant oral health. With more information, you’ll be better equipped to maintain excellent oral hygiene between our visits. Here’s a helpful list of questions you might consider posing during your next visit to our Williston Park, NY office.
How is my Dental Health?
Dr. Neal Seltzer will, of course, discuss any issues we find during your routine examination, but even asking this kind of general question after your dental health could yield great information. We’ll be able to give you a broad overview of your dental health and provide you with some suggestions for maintaining or improving your smile.
What is the proper way to floss?
We all know we should floss, but are you sure you’re flossing properly? During your next appointment, be sure to ask your dental hygienists to show you the correct way to floss your teeth. You can ask for a mirror to watch as the hygienist's flosses during your cleaning.
Which Toothpaste should I be using?
There are dozens of toothpaste on the market that claim to do one thing or another for your smile, but which is right for you? Dr. Neal Seltzer or Dr. Jeffrey Rein will be happy to tell you which specific benefits you should be looking for when you select a toothpaste based on your specific oral health. We’re also likely to recommend toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
Should I use an Electric or Manual Toothbrush?
Like toothpaste, there are many options when it comes to choosing a toothbrush. Between manual and electric and bristle size and shape, it's easy to doubt you’ve found the right one. While the most important thing about your toothbrush is that it gets used, we can recommend the type of toothbrush that will benefit your smile the most based on your needs.
Am I Brushing Correctly?
It’s been a while since you were first shown how to brush your teeth, and maybe you’re using too much pressure or ineffective motions. If you think you could be doing a better job with your brushing, don’t hesitate to ask us during your next appointment. We can show you the proper technique and pressure to keep your teeth sparkling between your visits.
What Foods should I be eating or avoiding for my oral health?
Regular, thorough oral hygiene is important to protect your smile, but so is choosing a balanced diet. We can suggest which foods you should avoid, sugary snacks and coffee are some of the more obvious offenders, as well as foods you should seek out for your oral health. We can even tell you how you can reduce the negative effects of some of your favorite guilty treats.
Call us today at (516) 243-7473 to schedule your next dental visit, and don’t forget to ask your questions!