In The Know: Answering Questions About Oral Health

“You guys are Great! Professional, personable, sincere. It’s like visiting a friend’s house. Like a parent-teacher conference where consummate caretakers lovingly discuss the enamel children’s progress. I am about to say something that I never thought I would: I look forward to going to the dentist. See you next time!” – Testimonial from one of Dr. Greenfield’s patients

Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we want to put you at your ease. Our front and back office personnel, as well as Dr. Greenfield, are happy to answer questions. Feel free to ask us whatever’s on your mind at your appointment, over the phone, via email or Facebook, or by leaving a comment on this blog.

Good oral health is a key part of good overall health. New studies are finding links between gum disease and increased risk of health problems like stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Screening for oral cancer takes as little as five minutes during an appointment. Make sure you’re using best oral hygiene practices – talk to your dental hygienist while you’re at your next appointment.

What Can Your Dental Hygienist Help With?

Dental hygienists are highly trained; they earn a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in addition to hours of on-the-job training. In addition to providing cleanings, their job is to teach you how to properly care for your mouth. They will tell you how to brush, floss, and use mouthwash so that you see the most benefits. Don’t be afraid to ask what may seem like silly questions! After all, you never know if you’re brushing your teeth correctly without asking, right? Many people actually don’t brush correctly, and will never know unless they ask a dental hygienist.

Let Us Know!

If you have gum disease, health conditions like diabetes, or have not seen your dentist in a long time, you’ll need different care than a typical patient. Let Dr. Greenfield know about any preexisting medical conditions; we need the full picture on you to provide the most comprehensive care. If you smoke, be honest: about 22% of smokers lie to their dentists about it, and smoking complicates dental procedures like implant placement and tooth extraction. Dr. Greenfield can help you with quitting – but you’ve got to ask.

Make sure you’ve got all the information you need to take care of your oral health. Call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Greenfield. We serve patients in Lake Orion, Oxford, Independence Charter Township, and surrounding areas.