Patient Education & FAQs
Family Dentist Serving Lakeview, MI & Montcalm County
Tamarack Family Dentistry has provided a full range of dental services in Lakeview, MI since 1995, From the beginning, our Dr. Green and our team have been dedicated to superior customer satisfaction and professional dental care. We are committed to building strong relationships with our patients, and provide them with the resources they need to take charge of and maintain great dental health.
As part of this commitment, we have compiled the list of frequently asked questions below. We hope you find them insightful and useful. For additional questions, concerns, or schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 989-352-7752. We look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times a year should get a routine cleaning?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should see a dentist for a hygiene visit twice a year to make sure that your at-home practices are effective and to catch any developing issues as early as possible.
Is one toothpaste better than others?
Generally, no. It is, however, advisable to use toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. It is best to use a formula that contains fluoride to strengthen teeth, as well as has earned a seal of acceptance from the ADA. As long as it contains fluoride, we recommend patients use what tastes good to them.
What will happen during my appointment?
During your visit, our hygienists will ask you about your dental and overall health history. From there we will thoroughly inspect your mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. We will also clean your teeth. If required, we will take digital x-rays of your mouth and jaw. Once the check-up is complete, we will recommend any additional treatments and may refer you to a specialist if needed.
What are my options for teeth whitening?
To help you achieve the bright, white smile you have always wanted, we offer in-office and at-home whitening treatments. Together with you, we will determine which whitening treatment best fits your needs and goal for your smile. If you are thinking about at-home or over-the-counter whitening treatments, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our office. We will help you determine if your desired treatment is safe to use and will help you achieve the results you are looking for.
What should I do in the case of a dental emergency?
Please call our office as soon as possible! We will get you in as soon as we can, and if the emergency occurs outside of our hours, give us a call to get our emergency contact information.
What is the best kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use?
For adult patients, we recommend using a soft or medium toothbrush. It should be small enough to easily reach all areas of your mouth and teeth. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush is up to your preference. It is a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, because old bristles aren’t as effective at cleaning.
How often should I floss my teeth?
We recommend flossing your teeth once a day to clean out plaque, tartar and food build-up from between your teeth and gums.
What are my options for a missing tooth?
Partial dentures and bridges are two popular options for replacing a missing tooth. They are very similar, except a bridge isn’t removable, whereas a partial denture can be removed when necessary. In addition, we can explore if implant dentistry is right for you.
Are caps and crowns the same thing?
Yes they are. They are used to help restore a tooth that has experienced decay, fracture or trauma, and they can be used after a root canal. Usually, the term “cap” is used if the restoration is tooth-colored, whereas a crown is gold or silver.