Lakeland Family Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Check-Ups & Cleanings

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We know that you probably have all kinds of questions about your dental care and the services we offer here at Lakeland Family Dental. You're in luck – we love hearing and answering questions from our patients! 

Questions mean that you are curious and involved in your own dental care, and that means that you are probably dedicated to keeping your smile healthy! We're excited to be your partners in that endeavor! 

We've collected some of the questions we hear most often, but don't hesitate to let us know if your question isn't answered here. Just give us a call or bring your questions with you to your next appointment. We're looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Check-Ups & Cleanings

The short answer - yes!  Modern scientific studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual brushes.  These same studies show that electric toothbrushes are perfectly safe for your teeth and gums.  You are actually less likely to cause gum recession or tooth damage with an electric toothbrush than you are with a manual brush!

Many electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minute recommendation.  Electric toothbrushes can be particularly helpful for anyone who has lost or limited hand dexterity, whether due to natural aging or injury.

Adding an electric toothbrush into your oral hygiene routine can be an easy way to improve your oral health!

Many of our patients – particularly our younger patients – are also under the care of an orthodontist. We want to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that your teeth are in great shape once your braces come off!

Wearing braces needn’t be a cumbersome process – we work closely with your orthodontist to make your orthodontic experience a success.

Just like your teeth, braces and other appliances can build up plaque and tartar. This contributes to dirty-looking braces, bad breath, and damage to your dental enamel. It's unfortunate to see a patient go through the time and effort of wearing braces to have straight, beautiful teeth only to have them marred by damage caused by plaque and tartar build-up.

We recommend twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and a mouthwash rinse to keep your mouth fresh and clean. We also suggest oral hygiene visits every three months (rather than every six months) to ensure that your teeth and gums remain sparkling clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Additionally, we recommend a prescription fluoride tooth gel and use of a rotary toothbrush.

Also, make sure to wear your retainer after treatment to avoid undoing all your hard work!

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