Month: March 2011

Secure the Future of Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants

As a family dentist, I have a special place in my heart, and my Lake Orion, Michigan dental office, for kids. While dental hygiene is the same across the board for people of every age, children get a few dental procedures all to themselves.

My goal is to instill healthy oral hygiene habits in kids, while giving them the tools to protect themselves later in life. I do this by using dental sealants on my young patients.

Proper teeth brushing is not a habit that children learn overnight. It’s a process that takes time to develop and perfect. Because of this, children may develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. Dental sealants offer a means of protection for molars and premolar chewing surfaces from decay.

The Basics of Brushing and Flossing

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and, as a family dentist, I do everything we can to keep your mouth healthy. We only see you every 6 months, though, so a huge portion on your dental health is a direct result of your own personal at-home dental hygiene habits.

Brushing and flossing are the best things you can do for your teeth between dental cleanings and check-ups, but simply going through the motions isn’t enough. Several factors go into brushing and flossing properly.

Take Years Off of Your Appearance with Teeth Whitening

It’s a fact: as we get older, our bodies change. Often, age begins to show in our faces first. Wrinkles, age spots, and discolored teeth are all part of the aging process.

If you smoke, drink wine, tea, or coffee, or eat staining foods, it’s likely that your teeth may have discolored even more. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, a general and cosmetic dentist in Lake Orion, Michigan, and I can help you whiten your teeth and make you look 10 years younger.

Believe it or not, teeth whitening methods have been around since the 1700s, and, today, it is the most frequently requested cosmetic dental procedure. I offer two, professional-grade teeth whitening options in my office: Zoom! Whitening and an at-home whitening system.

Don’t Live with TMJ Pain Any Longer

You may not have realized it before, but you have little triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion. Although they are small, these joints have a big job to do. They join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily.

Although these joints are incredibly strong, they can be thrown out of alignment very easily. The temporomandibular joint is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional, and psychological stress, and the slightest change can temporarily knock you’re the whole system out of balance. The resulting condition is TMJ disorder, which can create a variety of symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in your head, ears, neck, and shoulders.

Don’t Let Dental Fear Get the Best of You

If you have a fear of the dentist and can’t remember the last time you set foot inside a dental office, it’s time to get some help. Dental fear is a real and potentially debilitating condition. It can keep you from the dental care you need for your oral and overall health.

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I treat patients who have varying levels of dental fear at my Lake Orion, Michigan office. I offer three options for sedation to address mild, moderate, and significant dental phobia or physical discomfort. If you have a strong gag reflex or an inability to numb with traditional anesthesia, sedation dentistry may be for you, as well.

Beat Bad Breath in a Few Simple Steps

Believe it or not, there are only two causes for bead breath: oral hygiene and gastrointestinal health.

Often, bad breath is a result of a dental problem. Gum disease, cavities, and other oral conditions can be to blame. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and if you suffer from bad breath, I invite you to come in for an appointment to make sure the problem isn’t related to your oral health. If it is, I will recommend treatment options to get your mouth looking (and smelling) its best.