If you’ve ever felt afraid or ashamed in the dentist chair, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly seventy-five percent of adults in the U.S. experience some level of fear when it comes to being at the dentist. At ImmediaDent, we want to help you overcome your dental anxiety by making you feel safe and in control. That’s why we’re saving you from having to ask some awkward questions you’ve been avoiding asking your dentist.
Why does my breath always smell?
Bad breath can make you feel self-conscious, and the last thing you probably want to do is ask your dentist about it (although we welcome these type of questions!). Usually, bad breath is caused by excessive bacteria in the mouth. It could be that you just need to clean your mouth more frequently.
Try brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal and using mouth rinses that kill bacteria. If this doesn’t help the problem, you might want to talk to your dentist or health care provider about ruling out other causes.
How often should I go to the dentist?
As an adult, it may feel like this is something everyone knows, but trust us—this is a normal question for anyone to ask. We recommend a dental exam every six months because that helps us catch any problems early enough to prevent more extensive (and expensive) treatments.
Are my teeth too yellow?
First off, every healthy smile is beautiful—and yes, healthy smiles can have yellow teeth. We’ll never tell you your teeth are too yellow, but we will alert you if something looks unhealthy. There are multiple reasons your teeth might be yellow. Certain beverages like coffee, wine, and soda can soak into the enamel of your teeth and cause discoloration. Your teeth can also yellow if you smoke or frequently skip brushing and flossing.
As we age, our teeth go through a lot, so some yellowing is normal and expected. But if you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, there are plenty of options out there for whitening them. If you want to skip whitening strips, try brushing with baking soda, brushing and flossing regularly, and limiting lifestyle habits that contribute to discoloration. If you want some more whitening tips, feel free to ask us at your appointment.
Can I say no to an X-ray?
At ImmediaDent, you can say no to anything—you’re in control. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about X-ray safety. Over ninety percent of dental X-rays are now digital, so they contain little X-radiation and are very safe. X-rays are the best diagnostic tool we have in dentistry, so it’s great to consider getting one if your dentist recommends it.
Are my gums receding?
We get it—thinking you might have a problem with your teeth can be a source of anxiety. It’s like you want to know, but you also don’t want to know. If you have any concerns about your teeth or gums, you should share them with your dentist. It may turn out to be nothing to worry about, or it could be something your dentist can help you with. When it comes to receding gums, either of these can be the case.
Gum recession can simply be a result of brushing too hard, in which case you’ll want to ease up on the scrubbing. It can also be the result of periodontal disease, or gum disease—something you’ll want to rule out with your dentist. The good news is that if you do have gum disease, you can manage it with help from your dentist.
Do you have an awkward dental question we didn’t answer here? Submit them anonymously online or feel free to ask us in person at your next appointment. We’re happy to answer any question you have—especially if it helps you feel less anxious about your dental appointment. Come see us any time Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Request an appointment at a location near you.