Lake Orion, MI Dentist Talks about Oral Hygiene

November 14, 2013

Dr. Brad Greenfield, your Lake Orion, MI dentist, is glad that his practice makes such a concerted effort to impart oral hygiene wisdom on patients. The risks of dental health issues diminish greatly when you take preventive measures. There are a great many tools of the oral hygiene trade on the market, and the where, when, what, and how can get to be a little overwhelming sometimes. Just as toothpaste freshens your breath, you should continue to freshen up your mind with all of the latest knowledge on oral hygiene practices.

Oral Hygiene at Home

If you’re wondering how often you should brush your teeth, Dr. Greenfield agrees with the American Dental Association that you should spend two minute sessions with your toothbrush at least twice a day. Make sure one of those times includes flossing to ensure the removal of harmful bacteria and food debris caught in between your teeth. Once plaque mineralizes and turns into tartar, you won’t be able to remove it safely on your own. Your dental hygienist will use a special tool to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth and under your gumline. If you end up with severe gum disease from poor oral hygiene, a separation of connective tissue between your gums and teeth can occur. This is called periodontal pockets and leads to abscesses and tooth loss.

Dental Checkups

Be sure to keep up with dental checkups every six months. This gives Dr. Greenfield the opportunity for a thorough examination that will rule out infection or other developing dental issues. Gum disease has been linked to serious systemic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and strokes. Preventing the inflammation of your oral tissues is easier than stopping gum disease once it starts. In fact, there is no current cure for gum disease. The best we can do is treat the infection so that it doesn’t progress and cause permanent tooth loss.

Visit your Lake Orion, MI Dentist

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenfield, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, Michigan, at (248) 693-6213. We welcome patients from Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities.

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General Dentistry

General dental care provides preventive services along with feedback about your oral health. We provide important oral health reviews for patients of all ages.

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The right solution for an active oral health issue can give you more confidence in your smile along with the support to bite and chew comfortably.

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We strive to make every visit comfortable for the kids who depend on us, and we provide reviews and protection that helps you keep them safe from oral health threats.

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We offer conservative, lasting solutions to the flaws that rob people of confidence in the way they look when they speak and smile.