Half of Americans Don’t Visit the Dentist

That’s right, 50% of our fellow countrymen (and women) don’t visit the dentist. Why? Well, for some, finances and availability of care are issues. However, many people don’t go to the dentist because of a genuine fear, or even phobia.

If you’ve neglected dental visits because they make you uncomfortable, stressed, anxious, or paralyzed with fear, I want to personally invite you to email or call me, Dr. Brad Greenfield, so that we can talk about sedation dentistry. With sedation, I’ve helped many people overcome their phobia and get the dental care they need, want, and deserve.

After you and I talk about your feelings and concerns, I can help you determine which type of sedation is best for your situation. I can administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (Halcyon or Valium), or oral sedation plus nitrous oxide. My nurse anesthetist, Karla Fountain, can administer IV sedation in my office.

I want to answer all of your questions and help you find the right sedation solution to give you peace at dental visits. Call my office, Lake Orion Family Dentistry, today at 248-693-6213 or email me at [email protected]. We can email or talk on the phone prior to your consultation. I’m happy to communicate in any way that you prefer. I just want you to experience the positive, life-changing effects of sedation dentistry.

Are Dental Fluoride Supplements Safe for My Family?

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, a holistic dentist in Lake Orion. I want to share with you my thoughts on fluoride and how it relates to dentistry and health. Recently, there’s been more hype about the dangers of fluoride than we’ve heard since the 1960s. So here are the facts.

  • Tooth decay is the most widespread disease in children and a significant problem for adults
  • Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that attracts other minerals to strengthen teeth against decay
  • The US movement to fluoridate public water supply in 1962 was followed by a significant reduction in cavities in the general public
  • The US spends just under $1 per person, annually, to fluoridate public water
  • Studies show that fluoride decreases cavities by 18-50%
  • Not all geographic areas need fluoridation in the public water supply; remember, the mineral is naturally occurring
  • The amount of fluoride in public water is closely monitored by the government
  • In the 1970s, the introduction of fluoride in toothpaste was followed by a significant reduction in cavities in the general population
  • Most bottled water contains little or no fluoride (more…)

Congratulations, Lake Orion Dragons!

This past Saturday, the Lake Orion High School Football team took the field at Ford Field in Detroit to take on Plymouth High School. After years of hard work and dedication from the team, coach Chris Bell, and the coaching staff, the Dragons finally had their moment to shine.

For the first time in history, the Lake Orion Football team is the Division 1 State Champion!  The Dragons had a 21-13 victory over Plymouth, ending the season with a record of 13-1.

The community of Lake Orion is very proud! I am Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I am honored to be the dentist of several of Lake Orion’s football stars. Congratulations to my patients Mark Ljuljjuraj, Corbin Rainey, Bryan Albers, Blake McGhee, Alex Haddad and Evan Rogan!

Great job Lake Orion football players, coach Bell, and coaching staff! You made Lake Orion proud!

Holistic Dentistry Offers Healthy, Safe Options

I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I want to be your family’s dental health provider. I offer general, sedation, cosmetic dentistry services, and  I make sure that my team is trained in and equipped with contemporary dental technology, so you can receive the best care possible. As a family dentist, it is very important to me that my patients understand their dental health and my recommendations for treatment. Dental work is an investment of your time and money, so it requires trust in your dentist. I want you to be as comfortable and informed as possible that I will give you the results you deserve.

I believe in conservative treatment, so I offer holistic dentistry options. Holistic dentistry is the practice of using biocompatible materials and conservative procedures that are in the best interest of a patient’s overall health. All patients are different and have specific needs, so I will customize a treatment plan just for you.

My office features several eco-friendly materials and conservative technologies, including CEREC, digital x-rays, pure medical grade oxygen, a hi-flow mercury vapor filtration unit, and more.

I want to invite you to experience conservative, holistic dentistry for yourself. Contact Lake Orion Dentistry to schedule a consultation or office tour.

Cars, Trees, and Traditions at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Come celebrate the holidays at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum this Saturday (November 20) through December 30. This exhibit spotlights eights decades of holiday season celebrations.

The special event pairs 23 decorated trees with Chrysler vehicles of various styles from throughout the decades. Evergreen trees on the top floor of the museum feature authentic ornamentation from the early 1900s through the 1980s.

Stroll through the museum and Boss Chrysler’s Garage while learning about the evolution of vehicle progression from horseless carriages to enclosed, better-engineered models. Check out the vintage trains spanning from 1911 to the early 1990s complete with beautifully preserved models including sets such as a 1920s American Flyer Electric Passenger train, a 1930s Lionel Steamer Fighter, and a 1950s Marx train.

This event is open to people of all ages. Holiday crafts will be going on every Saturday through December from 10am to 2pm. Kid-friendly characters, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, will be around for the kids to take pictures with.

The kickoff for this event will be tonight at 6:30 at the museum. Enjoy a preview of the exhibit and get into the holiday spirit with refreshments, wine tasting, and demonstrations of some of the vintage trains. Live music, a silent auction benefiting local school children, and a visit from Santa Clause will also take place.

Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we like to promote community events that the entire family can enjoy together. The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located less than 20 minutes away from our office in Lake Orion and is a great place to avoid the blustery winter weather! For more information, please visit the event website.

Detecting Oral Cancer Early Can Save Your Life

As a family dentist, I try to take every precaution to make sure that you and your family have the healthiest mouths around. After all, your oral health has a direct correlation to your overall health and well being.

Oral cancer is one of the most severe dental problems. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer affects approximately 34,360 Americans each year. Oral cancer can be fatal, with more than 25% of those diagnosed dying of the disease. On average, only half of those diagnosed with the disease will survive more than five years. I am not telling you this to scare you.  Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, my team and I want to educate you about your oral health, as well as provide you with top-notch dental care.

Fortunately, recent technological advances have provided the dental world with VELscope, a tool that helps dentists detect oral cancer early, before cancer cells reach the surface. VELscope is a non-invasive, hand-held device that I use in conjunction with traditional oral, head, and neck exams to assess for oral cancer.

The VELscope hand piece shines a safe, blue light into the oral cavity.  Healthy tissue glows bright green, while suspicious areas appear darker.  Once I have done a full examination of your mouth using the VELscope, I can discuss my findings and, if necessary, we’ll talk about a biopsy.

VELscope is just one way of preventing oral cancer from advancing.  It is imperative that you attend six-month dental checkups and follow through with dental appointments to ensure your  mouth is healthy and working properly.  For more information about VELscope, or to schedule an appointment, please contact my Lake Orion dental office.