Q&A: Relying On Oral Health Symptoms

February 21, 2017

If you think that the only time you need to schedule a dental visit is when you see a new symptom occur in your smile, it’s time to think again. Did you know that relying on symptoms can actually lead to advanced oral health problems that we could have treated and detected at the start? Find out more with a Q&A session!

Questions and Answers

Question: If I develop some sort of symptom that seems like an oral health problem, should I research it first and then call you? What if I don’t know what it is?

Answer: You don’t need to try to figure out what’s going on with your own research. The best course of action is to contact us immediately, so we waste no time in diagnosing the issue and offering any necessary treatment

Question: If I look in the mirror and don’t see any signs of change, I don’t experience pain, and everything seems normal, does that mean my smile is healthy? Do I really need a dental checkup?

Answer: It does not mean that your smile is A-OK. It means that you don’t see signs of change (but change may be occurring nonetheless). Always come in for your regular dental checkup, so we can detect problems very early if they develop.

Question: How can you see oral health problems that I can’t see? If there aren’t any symptoms, then are you just guessing?

Answer: When we perform a dental checkup, we are capable of detecting changes in your smile that you cannot see, that you do not have the expertise to notice, or that you do not have the technology with which to find. We can diagnose problems before you recognize a change because we can see more, we know what to look for, and we rely (in part) on advanced imaging.


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities. Our office also has charging stations for electrical car parking!

Our Services

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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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Advanced Dentistry

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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Children’s Dentistry

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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Cosmetic Dentistry

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