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Whether it’s due to a busy schedule or those pesky childhood anxieties about trips to the dental office, most people have a habit of putting their dental hygiene on the backburner. So, when you do make it into the dentist office for your next cleaning, how can you be sure that you’re getting the most out of visit? As a patient, your job is to be your own advocate and to ask your dentist any questions that might improve your overall oral hygiene. With that being said, here are a few questions you should consider asking your dentist to make sure that your dental health is the best that it can be.

“How’s My Flossing?”

Flossing is a topic that too many of us avoid when it comes to our dentist appointments. Instead of waiting for your dentist to ask you if you have been flossing, try asking them how you should be flossing. You might be surprised at the answers you receive! Even if you floss regularly, your dentist will likely be able to show you some different techniques to make your flossing game even stronger.

“Is My Toothbrush Okay?”

You can even ask your dentist for advice on the brand and type of toothbrush that you’ve been purchasing. They will be able to recommend a product that will better suit your needs and be less tough on your teeth and gums. The same is true for flossing tools, mouthwash or any other dental hygiene product you keep at home.

T“How Do My Gums Look?”

Even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms of early gum disease, you should ask your dentist to give you an idea of the overall health of your gums. This will allow you to have a better idea of what steps you should take to improve your gum health.

T“Is There Anything I Should Tell My Doctor?”

In many cases, your dentist is your first line of defense against potential illnesses such as gum infections and oral cancers. You should also ask your dentist if there are any red flags that you can discuss with your primary care physician. This helps you establish a seamless relationship between all of your healthcare providers.

T“What Else Can I Do?”

The ultimate goal is to make sure that your dental health is the best that it can possibly be. You should make it a point to ask your dentist if there are any additional steps you can take to improve your overall dental health including flossing, extra check-ups or dietary changes. Your dental hygiene always comes down to you, but your dentist can point you in the right direction when it comes to your hygiene habits.


It’s important to keep in mind that your dentist is there to serve you and should be prepared to answer any questions or concerns you have about your dental health. Use your next cleaning appointment as an opportunity to have a real conversation about your oral hygiene needs.

Dr. Julie Liberman DDS of Great Neck Dental Care NY proudly serves patients of all ages in the Great Neck area, spanning New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Douglaston, Jericho, Roslyn, etc. Book your checkup today to determine if bruxism is affecting your oral hygiene.

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