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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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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! 

Preventive Dentistry

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!

At Lakeland Family Dental, we put patient safety first and we get a lot of questions about the safety of x-rays because they emit a smaller amount of radiation. We use digital dental x-rays in our Oconomowoc dental office because they are more accurate, safer, and emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. We still use protective equipment such as lead aprons and thyroid cuffs to make them even safer!

With the minimal amount of radiation that digital dental x-rays emit, they are ultra-safe. You actually have more exposure from being outside on a sunny day.

We cannot always visually detect oral health conditions because your teeth are covered in protective enamel. This is when digital dental x-rays become an important part of your diagnostic dental care. By using x-rays, we can detect decay when it is smaller, easier to treat, and more affordable to resolve.

Digital x-rays can be manipulated – zooming in, adjusting exposure and contrast, and even changing the color, making it possible for Dr. Eric and Dr. Sam to make an even earlier diagnosis, which protects your smile!

Your health comes first and we are here to answer any questions or address any concerns about your dentistry. Just let us know and we can discuss anything on your mind.

Fluoride is a safe, naturally occurring mineral that greatly improves the strength and life of your teeth.

Many communities recognize the importance of fluoride, particularly for children, and add it to the town water supply. However, with the popularity of un-fluoridated, bottled water, many people do not receive the recommended amount of fluoride to maintain strong teeth.

Fluoride is an important part of your preventive treatment plan. We'll ask you questions about your water habits and determine whether you could benefit from additional fluoride supplementation. We also recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. We may recommend that you supplement your brushing and flossing with a fluoride rinse to help keep your enamel strong and healthy, or restore strength if that is what is needed.

Depending on the level of fluoride in your water, we may recommend fluoride supplement tablets and fluoride treatments for children to protect their teeth from premature decay and cavities. We know that many people have questions and concerns about fluoride, and we want you to have the information you need to make choices for your family's health. For details about fluoride, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to address your concerns.

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