You cannot feel it, but bacteria and bacterial plaque are constantly forming around your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day removes this biofilm before it has a chance to effectively attack your mouth’s defenses. However, nobody is perfect, and debris can be left behind even after your daily oral hygiene routine. The American Dental Association advises that you attend a comprehensive dental checkup at least twice a year. At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Greenfield will thoroughly inspect your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as perform a visual screening for signs of oral cancer. He will also examine any dental work you have, checking for damage. If you have concerns about your oral health or the appearance of your smile, your checkup presents an excellent opportunity to talk with Dr. Greenfield. He will consult with you to decide the best treatment options to improve your smile.
Better Dental Health Through Technology in Lake Orion
Many potentially fatal systemic diseases are first noticed through lesions or other problems in the mouth. Dr. Greenfield’s exam uncovers irregularities that may indicate an infection or disease, such as common and potentially fatal oral cancer. Although rarely talked about, oral cancer affects 35,000 people every year. Because oral cancer is usually not caught until later stages, treatment can be difficult. Dr. Greenfield may ask to perform a VELScope oral cancer screening. The process is fluorescence-based and is used in conjunction with a visual screening to determine if your mouth contains any abnormal tissue. The VELScope process is quick and noninvasive, and it may help save your life.
Get a Clear Picture of Your Dental Health with Digital X-rays
Dr. Greenfield knows your time is valuable and has invested in technology that makes dental visits and procedures quick and comfortable. Even your comprehensive checkup will be less time-consuming with the use of digital X-rays. Unlike traditional radiography, digital X-rays produce an immediate image that you can look over with Dr. Greenfield on a chairside monitor. They provide cleaner, clearer pictures of your oral structures for a more precise diagnosis. Digital X-rays are also much safer, requiring 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Greenfield, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248) 693-6213. We welcome patients from Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities.