Most people visit their family dentist every six months for two reasons: examinations and cleanings. While these are essential for anyone who cares about their oral health, they shouldn’t be the only reason you visit. Dentists are truly a wealth of knowledge when it comes to improving oral health not just for yourself, but for your family as well. They’re also able to help you take full advantage of the benefits you get with dental insurance.
Read on to get answers to some of the most common questions you should be asking your dentist!
“Am I Using the Right Toothbrush?”
Many people don’t realize that having the right tools at your disposal, not just a strict oral care routine, makes a huge difference in your oral health. For example, a common question dentists get involves toothbrushes. When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush, it mostly comes down to preference.
However, if you want a toothbrush that is truly dentist-approved, you’ll always want one that uses soft bristles. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause permanent enamel erosion and gums to recede, leaving the tooth roots more exposed and vulnerable to plaque.
When it comes to manual or electric, it really depends on how easy and accessible you need brushing to feel. Those with physical impairments have a lot to gain with electric toothbrushes, but manual brushes are just as capable of removing plaque from the teeth and gums.
“How Do I Make Sure My Child Has a Healthy Mouth?”
Staying on top of your child’s oral health is not just good parenting, but beneficial to their long-term health as well. As a result, the dentist gets many questions from parents on how they can better protect their children. A great place to start outside of at-home care and routine professional cleanings is fluoride varnishes and dental sealants.
Fluoride varnishes not only protect existing enamel, but strengthen it by encouraging the remineralization process that builds up enamel in the long-term. Dental sealants use composite resin to add an additional layer of protection between oral bacteria and the sensitive cracks and crevices inside certain teeth, such as the molars.
“Am I Getting the Most Out of My Dental Insurance?”
A question the dentist wishes he heard more often usually centers around insurance benefits. Individuals and families alike allow benefits to go to waste long after it’s too late to schedule an appointment.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your dental insurance, always check your explanation of benefits with your insurance company. When choosing a dentist for the first time, browse their current selection of insurance providers to see if they accept yours. Take note of what services are covered, especially preventive ones that are almost always covered in full by insurance companies.
The dentist and his expert team are always prepared to help people answer questions, no matter how silly you think they may be. To stay informed and protect your oral health for life, schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Richard A. Cea earned his DDS degree from Marquette University, and since then, he’s been continuing his education so he can offer families the most exceptional and comprehensive dental care possible. To learn more about his services and practice, you can contact him through his website.