ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL
Asking questions when visiting the dentist is a simple way to make sure you understand your oral health and any procedures you may need. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget those questions by the time you arrive for your appointment. And, you may not even be sure what you should ask. Take ownership of your oral health by following Dr. Terry Soule’s list of three questions you should ask the dentist at your next appointment.
How can I improve my oral health?
The cornerstone of any healthy smile is proper daily oral hygiene. By brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and regularly visiting your general dentist in DeBary, you should maintain good oral health. In addition to regular care, you may also benefit from brushing and flossing your teeth after consuming gummy or sticky foods, which can leave a sugary residue on your teeth that feed bacteria. Adding an oral rinse or mouthwash to your routine or between brushing can also help remove the remaining bacteria.
Keep in mind, your overall health is in direct connection to your oral health. Therefore, when you eat well-balanced meals and make healthy choices for snacks, your body and your mouth will benefit. For example, choosing celery, carrots, apples, and dairy products helps remove plaque from your teeth, which reduces your risk of cavities. However, those foods are not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing. In addition to healthy foods, drinking water instead of fruit juice or soda reduces harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Why are my teeth sensitive, and what can I do about it?
There are many causes of sensitive teeth. You may notice it mostly when you eat or drink something hot or cold, and you get a zinging sensation in your teeth. Sometimes the sensitivity is caused by grinding your teeth while you sleep or bruxism. As you grind your teeth, you apply lateral pressure, and your teeth flex by bending microscopically. The bending then causes enamel crystals to flake off, exposing an area of the gumline where the root and nerve endings to the tooth are exposed. When you notice your teeth are more sensitive than usual, it is time to schedule an appointment with your Deltona dentist for an appropriate treatment plan. In addition, sensitive teeth could be an indication there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed by a dental professional.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
Typically, signs of gum disease do not occur overnight. Gum disease is developed over time and can cause bad breath, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, and inflamed, red, or tender areas around your teeth. If you begin to see these signs, it is time to visit your Orange City family dentist for proper treatment before the disease progresses, causing additional damage. Gum disease is a leading cause for tooth loss but could be prevented with at-home care and regular visits to Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, for exams and cleanings.
General Dentist in DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, FL
Although the above information is not an exhaustive list of questions you may consider discussing with your Deltona dentist, it may help you develop your own list of questions for your next visit. If you are not able to wait for an appointment and have a quick general question, feel free to reach out to our helpful office staff by calling (386) 775-1552 or request an appointment through our website, and we will try our best to accommodate your request.