Dental Patient Frequently Asked Questions – Norton Shores, MI

Ask Your Norton Shores Dentist

There is a lot to know when it comes to dentistry, so if you have questions, that’s to be expected! Thankfully, you can get all the information you need, personalized to your situation, from a local source here at Laketown Family Dental. You’re always welcome to give us a call, and below, you’ll find our responses to some of the most popular questions we hear every day.

How often should I visit the dentist?

While this is different for everyone based on their needs, generally, it’s recommended that patients of all ages receive at least two checkups and cleanings each year. These visits can go a long way in preventing the most common dental issues, including cavities and gum disease.

Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?

If you have good oral health and rarely get cavities, then there is no need to switch from one type of toothbrush to the other. Both are proven to be effective at removing plaque and food particles from the teeth. But, for children and those with mobility issues, electric brushes can be tremendously helpful because they do most of the work for someone.

Why do I need dental cleanings if I brush and floss every day?

While daily brushing and flossing is essential to your ongoing oral health, the truth is that your tools at home simply cannot clean every part of your mouth. Each patient has certain trouble spots that they consistently miss, which allows plaque to gather and cavities to form. During a professional cleaning, a hygienist is able to find and address these areas to keep your smile safe.

Is flossing really that important?

Despite the slew of news stories that came out a few years ago, yes, you should definitely include flossing as part of your oral hygiene routine. It enables you to clean the small spaces between your teeth where your brush can’t reach, which in turn can dramatically lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath.

Will you take my dental insurance?

Laketown Family Dental is in-network with Delta Dental, and we are able to work with most PPO dental insurance plans to help patients save on their care. To learn how we could use your particular policy, just give us a call.

I don’t have dental insurance. How else can I pay for my care?

Our dental office offers low-to-no interest financing to help patients break up the costs of their treatments into smaller installments. Multiple plans are available, so it should be easy to find one that works for you. You can find out more and sign up today by giving us a call.