July 30, 2018
When you come to see an Anaheim dentist for a dental checkup, who’s the first person you see? Usually not the dentist, but rather a dental hygienist. A hygienist is a highly educated and trained member of the dental team and is key to helping you maintain your oral health. They can often answer many questions, whether you have a concern or are just wondering about something. Read on to learn about some topics you should discuss with the hygienist at your next checkup.
Has My Medical Chart Been Updated?
Your oral health cannot be separated from your general health. One affects the other. Therefore, it is essential for your dentist’s office to have up-to-date records of any medications you’re taking as well as your overall health. Let the hygienist know if you’ve started a new medication since your last checkup. Some can complicate dental work, so it’s important that all current medicines are listed in your chart.
Is There Something I Should Do for My Oral Health?
Oral health care is always advancing, so there may be a new products on the market that can help you take better care of your teeth and gums. For example, recent studies show that chewing gum with Xylitol can help prevent tooth decay. Xylitol allows good bacteria to outnumber the bad bacteria. Ask the hygienist about other new products or cleaning techniques that can improve your daily oral hygiene.
How Can I Minimize Bad Breath?
Everyone experiences bad breath sometime—like after that garlic and onion pizza. But if you’ve noticed that your breath frequently smells bad, then don’t be afraid to mention this to the hygienist at your dentist in Anaheim. There are things you can do, such as brushing and flossing after a meal and using a mouth rinse. You may also need to scrape your tongue, because odor-producing bacteria can hide there. And if you’re a smoker, then eliminating bad breath is another good reason to quit.
What Can I Do about a Dry Mouth?
Several conditions can result in a dry mouth. Perhaps your saliva production is down or you’re taking a medication that causes dry mouth. People with diabetes or Parkinson’s disease often experience this annoying feeling, too. There are solutions, so alert your hygienist who will consult with the dentist in order to recommend an appropriate solution.
About the Author
Dr. Saeid Mohtashami earned his dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry and has been caring for patients for two decades. Additionally, he has received extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Mohtashami and his hygienists and assistants provide exceptional dental care. He can be reached for more information through his website.
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