Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
There are several important questions you can ask or concerns you can discuss during a visit with your dentist. However, it is quite common for patients to forget their questions while in the dental chair because of distractions, feeling nervous, or they are too embarrassed to ask. Writing down your questions when you think about them is an easy way to remember and can help you get your questions answered to ensure proper care for you and your family’s teeth. Dr. Nicol Cook, a family dentist in Poway, wants you to know which questions you should ask your dentist at your next visit.
How can I improve my oral health?
According to most dentists, the cornerstone of a healthy mouth is to begin by establishing a daily routine of brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily and flossing at least once a day. It’s also helpful to brush your teeth after each meal, especially when consuming sugary or sticky foods. You may benefit from adding an oral rinse to your daily oral hygiene routine, and be sure to eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Your oral health is directly related to your overall health. When you eat well-balanced meals and choose snacks like apples, celery, carrots, and dairy products, you can help clean your teeth of food debris and plaque, although regular brushing is still essential. Also, drinking water instead of fruit juice or soda can provide more hydration for your whole body as well as keep sugary substances from potentially causing cavities.
Why are my teeth sensitive, and what can I do about it?
You take a drink of your morning coffee and notice a sharp pain in your mouth, or you feel a zing in your teeth when you eat or drink something cold or sweet. These are signs of tooth sensitivity.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by gum recession, from grinding your teeth. When you grind your teeth you apply lateral forces and your teeth flex (bend microscopically). The bending forces cause the enamel crystals to chip off and creating a notch like area at the gumline where the nerve endings from the root are exposed and sensitive. It may be time to visit a Rancho Bernardo dentist, such as Dr. Cook to determine if you are grinding your teeth (bruxing). Sensitive teeth also could be a sign of a more serious oral health condition that can only be addressed with professional dental care.
What are the warning signs of gum disease?
Most patients have heard about gum disease, but are not sure of the causes and warning signs of it. Bad breath, gums that bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, or gums that are swollen, red, and tender are all signs of gum disease. When you see these signs, it is important to see a dentist for treatment. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, although it is entirely preventable with proper oral hygiene and professional dental treatments.
Improve Your Smile
There are several ways to improve the look of your smile, from teeth whitening to cosmetic dental procedures. But, the easiest and best place to start is with good daily oral hygiene. By doing this, you can prevent common problems that can damage your smile. However, sometimes you need more than a good daily routine to bring back your confident smile. So, call Smiles by Dr. Cook at (858) 673-0141 or contact us today to schedule your appointment and see how we can help you restore your perfect smile.