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5 Things to Mention to Your Dentist at Your Next Checkup

July 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — vanikfamily @ 3:39 pm
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When you visit your dentist for a checkup, it might seem like all they do is check your teeth for cavities. They actually do a whole lot more than that! Because the health of your mouth affects the rest of your body, dentists are interested in learning as much as they can about your general health. To help you maintain a healthy smile and body, be sure to mention these five things at your next dental checkup in Annapolis.

Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

How often do you brush? Do you use fluoridated toothpaste? Do you floss every day? Knowing the details of your at-home oral care regimen will give your dentist insights into your risk for cavities, enamel erosion, and other dental health issues.

Bleeding After Brushing or Flossing

If your gums bleed after you brush or floss, you might have gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. Other symptoms include tenderness or swelling in your gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, so getting it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible is ideal.  

Changes in Medication  

Some medications can have oral effects, even if they don’t treat conditions of the mouth. A common side effect of many medications is dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and infections. Let your dentist know if you’ve started or stopped taking any medications since your last checkup.

Jaw Pain or Sore Teeth

Do you wake up with a sore jaw or sensitive teeth? You might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. This condition, called bruxism, can wear down your tooth enamel over time, leaving you more vulnerable to cavities and breakage. Luckily, your dentist can create a custom nightguard for you. This device fits comfortably between your teeth to prevent your upper and lower arches from making harmful contact overnight.


Diabetes affects your oral health more than you might have realized. It increases the risk of infections in the mouth, such as gum disease. If you have diabetes, you’ll need to tell your dentist and update them on how your condition has been going. They can then provide you with personalized tips on managing your diabetes and preventing the oral health issues that often accompany it.

Your dentist is just as invested in your overall health as your primary care doctor. By letting them know what’s been going on in terms of your health, your smile will thank you!

About the Author

Dr. Neil W. Vanik has been providing reliable dental care to the Annapolis, MD community for 35+ years. He enjoys getting to know patients on a personal level and giving them the customized care that they need to maintain healthy smiles as well as healthy overall bodies. To schedule your next dental checkup in Annapolis, contact Dr. Vanik at 614-412-5496.

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