We strive to build a relationship with patients so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident at dental appointments. After a visit with Dr. Greenfield, Nancy Robertson completed her patient satisfaction survey. She wanted to share her experiences with others, so all of our new and current patients can know about her great experience with Dr. Greenfield’s services. In addition, her positive words of encouragement help our staff analyze our performance to keep our patients happy and healthy. Here is Nancy’s testimonial:
- “The staff always makes you feel like the most important patient that day.” We believe that all of our patients need to understand their dental health, so we take the time to fully explain all treatments and address any questions and concerns they may have. Dr. Greenfield will take the time to do a full health analysis, so we can keep both your body and your mouth healthy. We will not rush you out of the office until you’re completely confident in your understanding of your condition, treatment plan, and what to do for your oral health at home until your next appointment.
- “My son had no fear or worries thanks to your kind staff.” Dr. Greenfield realizes that children have unique dental needs, and his personalized service will make your children feel comfortable at their appointments. At your child’s Happy Visit, Dr. Greenfield will emphasize the importance of good oral health and check your little one’s mouth for developing problems.
- “Great place!” We have a wonderful facility to accompany our great dental team. We offer a comfortable patient waiting room, state-of-the-art technology, and convenient scheduling and payment options to make your dental care experience as easy as possible.
A survey by Colgate-Palmolive revealed that many Americans replace their toothbrushes about every nine months. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, but special circumstances may require you to toss it sooner. Replacing your brush on time will help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Ask Dr. Greenfield if your toothbrush care is effectively cleaning your mouth.
The Three-Month Rule
The standard rule is to replace your toothbrush every three months. When you brush, the bacteria from your mouth are transferred to your toothbrush. Although you should thoroughly rinse your brush after using it, bacteria can still build up on the bristles and handle. Chances are you currently store your toothbrush in a warm, moist environment—which encourages bacterial and fungal growth. The three-month time frame will help keep your brush, and therefore your mouth, fresh and clean.
You need to keep your toothbrush bristles strong to effectively scrub away plaque and bacteria. Over time, the bristles on your brush will become worn out. If you scrub too hard or bite down on your brush, you could damage the bristles sooner than everyday wear. When the bristles become frayed, they are weaker and bend easily, so they won’t be able to clean as effectively. Additionally, your toothbrush bristles should be soft and gentle to keep your mouth comfortable. Worn-out bristles can become rough and irritate your gums or scrape off tooth enamel. If your toothbrush bristles look frayed or damaged, even if it hasn’t been three months, toss the brush and start over with a new one.
You know that nagging advice from your mother telling you to sit up straight? If you have neck, head, or facial pain, maybe you should have listened to her! We frequently discuss how grinding your teeth causes problems with your TMJ, but did you know poor posture causes similar consequences? If you’re slouching as you read this, visit Dr. Greenfield for a TMJ analysis.
How Does Poor Posture Affect Your Jaw?
Poor posture puts your spine in an unnatural position, creating tension and stress on your spine and back muscles. When you alter your natural upright position, you may not realize that it affects your facial muscles. For example, when you hunch forward, your lower jaw shifts forward and your muscles become unaligned. If your shoulders are uneven, one side of your neck and jaw is pulled downward. When your muscles become unbalanced and unaligned, one side of your face has to work more than the other to attempt to restore natural balance.
other satisfied patient! After a visit to Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Nadia Risca completed a patient satisfaction survey. Her testimonial helps our staff analyze our work so we can keep all our current and future patients happy.
“The hygienist was gentle, thorough, and professional.”
Nadia’s comment shows that your appointment can be comfortable and enjoyable. Our team will be “gentle” with your mouth to make your visit as relaxed as possible. We give all our patients a “thorough” and “professional” cleaning to ensure that all areas of their mouth are clean and healthy.
“I really appreciated Dr. Greenfield’s straightforwardness and honesty.”
If you have any questions or concerns about your mouth, don’t be afraid to ask. Dr. Greenfield and our team are happy to answer any of your worries. If there’s something you don’t understand, we will explain it until you’re confident about the condition of your mouth. We will also show “honesty” about your condition and not recommend anything that is not completely necessary.
“I was impressed by the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.”
We are devoted to staying up-to-date with current technology and advancements in the dental field to make sure you are receiving the best care possible. Our “state of the art equipment” includes lasers and X-rays to help protect your mouth early on and prevent any serious conditions from developing. Furthermore, our “facility” offers a warm, friendly atmosphere to make you feel welcome and comfortable from the moment you walk in the door.
Do you have any romantic Valentine’s Day plans? As you prepare your special moments with your sweetheart, keep in mind that some of your sweet traditions can hurt your smile. Take this short quiz to determine how much you know about giving your smile the love and attention it needs.
1. Which of the following Valentine candies is best for your teeth?
c. Hard candy hearts
2. Which of the following dental conditions can be passed through kissing?
a. TMJ disorder
c. Stained teeth
3. Which of the following will make your mouth un-kissable?
a. Bad breath
b. Chapped lips
c. Both of the above
4. Which red food should you avoid at dinner?
c. Red wine
We constantly emphasize the importance of daily flossing and brushing and regular dental checkups. These behaviors are important to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. One celebrity who learned proper dental care the hard way is Whoopi Goldberg.
In 2008, Goldberg missed an episode of her talk show, The View, because she had emergency dental surgery. She admitted that she neglected her mouth and now she is “paying the price.” Her surgery left her face severely swollen so she was not able to perform her job duties. And she’s not alone. Adults miss an average of more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental pain, problems, and treatments.
After returning to the show, Goldberg advised her fans on how important it is to take care of your mouth. She confessed that she did not visit the dentist regularly, and her lack of routine maintenance had destructed her mouth. At her dentist appointment, the celebrity discovered that she had bone loss due to periodontal disease, and that she may lose her two front teeth.