Elmhurst Dentist Helps Patients Ask The Right Questions In The Dentist’s Chair

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Aug 16, 2022

Your dentist should be your partner in dental care; our Elmhurst dentists encourage you to ask questions about your smile, at-home care, and professional treatments. Keep reading to get an idea of some useful questions to ask during your next appointment…

Toothbrush Bristles 

Collaborate with your dental team to ensure that you are using the best toothbrush for your smile and your long-term dental health. Specifically, talk to your dentist about what type of bristle is best for your teeth and gums. Because bristles are available in everything from “soft” to “extra firm” you may need some additional direction from your dental team to find the perfect match.

Semi-annual Appointments 

Your dental team will also help you determine how often you need to complete professional cleanings and assessments. While the general recommendation for adult patients is to undergo cleanings every six months, there are a number of scenarios that may dictate more frequent appointments. Your dentist will take a comprehensive look at your smile, and help you create a schedule that works for you. 


We also want to encourage you to speak with your dental team about any signs of bruxism that you may be noticing in your daily life. Chronic bruxism is characterized by frequent tooth grinding and jaw clenching. You’ll want to stay alert for problematic symptoms: tooth pain, jaw pain, headaches, neck stiffness, and disturbed sleep.

We are here to help you get the information you need to care for your smile optimally. You can always give our Elmhurst dentists a call to learn more, or you can use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry.