Seasons


Let me just talk through something, if you will.  I’ve noticed a lot of talk regarding “seasons” lately. I’m often being told “that’s just the season you’re in” or “this season will pass” or “enjoy this season,” and I am quick to dish out the same colloquialism without ever giving it much thought. But here I am, giving “seasons” more thought than I ever have and realizing a few truths about myself and the meaning behind these phrases.

  1.  I think my tendency is to only compartmentalize my life into a “season” when things are extraordinarily difficult. In case you missed it, I’ve had a lot going on lately. A new baby, new business (shout out to Green Wellness Spa), new doctor on staff, and 3 new team members ON TOP of the chaos of being a working mom/business owner. Even on the best of days, it’s a lot. Then add in Covid, new fears and doubts, lack of sleep, adjustments at home, etc., and it’s easy for me to wish away this time of my life. To say “it’s a season and it will pass.”
  2. Seasons have variations; summer isn’t miserably hot every single day; winter isn’t numbingly cold from dawn to dusk. Even the harshest of winters have their beautiful, breathtaking days. Don’t the steady rains of spring produce the most bountiful harvests?
  3. Wouldn’t it make more sense to cling to the good that each season brings rather than wish away the entire season? If you know me, this has to be drilled into my mind often. The fear, pain, sorrow, depression, and worry can easily overshadow the joy, beauty, and tenderness of the season. I’m learning that savoring the season instead of waiting for it to pass can make all the difference in our perception of the world around us.

I didn’t exactly intend for this to turn into a “stop and smell the roses” kind of post, but I guess that’s the “season” I’m in. 🙃

Turn Your Year Around


So let’s face it- 2020 has not exactly been our best year yet. We started out so optimistic; it just had such a nice ring to it (cue all the puns about 20/20 vision). But here we are 8 months later and all we have to show for it is a load of worry: will this pandemic ever end; can I safely send my children to school; does this mask match my outfit?

Well I’m here to offer you 3 ways to finish out the year and to make 2020 suck less!

1) Smile Makeover! Have you ever wondered what a bright, healthy new smile would do for your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health? Now is a great time to invest in yourself. With our FREE virtual consult feature (just check it out on our website), you can ask all the questions and get all the answers before committing to anything. Nothing scary about it! I’ll personally send you a video answering your questions about the process, the expected outcome, and the price. Think you can’t afford it? We now offer interest free, in house payment options to make your dream smile a reality!

2) Straight teeth! What better time to straighten your teeth than when you’re wearing a mask all day anyway? Talk about a big reveal once the mask mandate is lifted! With clear aligners, getting your teeth straightened has never been easier. In as little as a few months, teeth can gradually be straightened and metal braces can be avoided all together. Don’t believe me? Check out some of our “before and after” cases on Instagram!

3) Maximize your insurance benefits! 4 months left in the year means 4 months to use up your insurance benefits. So stop procrastinating! Especially if you are in need of a dental implant- placing now ensures the restoration (or crown) can be placed come January, utilizing your insurance the best way possible. If you have questions about your insurance, remaining benefits, or treatment, please call our insurance coordinator Misty at 601-992-1605.

So 2020 has failed you. The good news is we still have 4 months to turn that around. In all seriousness, even if that doesn’t mean investing in your smile, find a way to make these last few months meaningful. In light of the crisis our world is going through, let’s not take a single day for granted. Every day we’re given the opportunity to smile, and I hope to help you make that a smile you’re proud of!

 

Welcome Baby Gracie


It’s my pleasure to introduce the newest member of the Green crew, Miss Gracie Elise Green. Born July 30, 2020 at 2:27am, Gracie weighed in at 5 lbs 14 oz and 18 in long.

I am so fortunate to be blessed with another precious little one, and I would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers as my family and I adjust to becoming a family of 6.

Don’t worry- your dental needs are left in great hands while I am on maternity leave! Dr. Emily Wilhite, a fellow LSU dental school grad, with over 7 years of experience, has joined the team of Grants Ferry Family Dentistry to not only serve the patients for the next several weeks but also as a permanent addition to our growing team! Please show her some love while I’m out!

Thank you all for your continued love and support of my family. I can’t wait to share more pictures of baby Gracie and fill you in on her exciting (slightly terrifying) entrance into this crazy world! Love to you all!

Green Wellness Spa

Introducing the newest brain child of Grants Ferry Family Dentistry- Green Wellness Spa! I am so thrilled to announce that we are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

A little background: “Spa Dentistry” is not a new concept. Starting in the 90s, dentists (thankfully) started catching on to the fact that the dental office was a scary-I’d rather be anywhere else in the world- dreadful kind of place. So, many practices started offering ways to calm patients and hopefully change the overall perception of coming to a dental appointment. Whether it be soothing music, TVs in the rooms, aromatherapy, or simply a cozy blanket, by the 2010s, most practices offered some sort of “spa-like” service to their patients.

Now there are few things I enjoy more than a completely relaxing spa day. Except dentistry! And when you combine the two…let’s just say it’s an obvious match made in heaven! Imagine coming to your routine dental checkup and also being able to have a relaxing facial. Having some dental work done? How about a head and neck massage while you wait on your crown to be completed in our digital lab? Ladies- you can get your waxing, tinting, dermaplaning done at the SAME time/place as your teeth cleaning. Talk about convenience!

I hope you all will take advantage of our new spa services. I’m pleased to announce licensed esthetician, Jenny Dear, will be offering all services, and I cannot wait for you to meet her. Check out some of her work on Instagram: @jenny_greenwellnessspa. And stay up to date with our emails, Facebook, and Instagram for special discounts and announcements!

The One About Growth

My weekend at the beach with the fam had me reflecting on a few things. You know, between the chaos, crab hunting, and cleaning sand out of everything you can imagine, I had a solid hour or so to just think. And when I start thinking, I like to write it out. It always helps me organize my thoughts and solidify the ones that have just been floating around in my head for some time.

I’ve always been one who looks forward to change. Something about the unknown, the potential for something better, the absence of boredom and monotony  – it all just makes me excited! Now with this personality type, I also have to force myself to find contentment and joy in the necessity of a routine because, if left solely up to me, I would likely be a train wreck- full of good ideas but not enough discipline to see them through.

With that said, I’m entering a stage of my career that is overflowing with opportunities for change. Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve been at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, the practice has experienced a level of growth that has not only nearly doubled the amount of patients but has also introduced countless new procedures and almost tripled the number of team members. These changes have been gradual and so many of you have shared in my excitement to see my small business grow. Now, I foresee a future for GFFD that welcomes a new doctor, to help me maintain this growth and still offer the highest quality dentistry around!

As I write this, I am still currently searching for the perfect “fit” for my practice and my patients. Let me assure you, the decision to introduce another doctor does not come lightly. But can I just be honest? The pace I’ve been trying to maintain for the last year or so as the sole practitioner may kill me! And why did I think kids got easier as they got a little older? Ha! Their demands are increasing and guess what… one more baby Green is being added to the mix in August ????! No worries- I’m not going anywhere, but thankfully, I’ll have another doctor to help me offer the very best to my patients. Less “chicken with my head cut off;” more “calm, cool, and collected.”

To those of you who have been so encouraging, loyal, and basically become like family to me, be patient as we enter this new phase of growth. Better yet, be excited with me! With a new doctor in the house, comes more flexibility, new services, and the ability to continue the forward growth trend of the last 5 years.

Remember what I said about having a lot of ideas? Keep your eyes peeled for some new ideas being introduced soon (spoiler alert: spa services!!!), and remember that we are trying to make your dental experience as relaxing, efficient, and top notch as possible. Grants Ferry Family Dentistry may be evolving, and adding some new faces, but I can guarantee you that we will maintain the same level of care you’ve become accustomed to. After all, it’s because of you that I love what I do and want to improve it constantly. Bring on the change!

Guess Who’s Back?

After over 6 weeks of closure, we are cautiously optimistic that our doors are set to reopen very soon! Though it will be a far cry from our “normal” daily schedule, it’s a step in the right direction.

I’m going to admit- I’ve been restless lately. Being informed by our State Board of Health and State Board of Dentistry one week that we are set to reopen, only to have that snatched away days later has me confused, and honestly, angry. I have heard of dental professionals being denied PPE and other dental professionals refusing to return to work. When did dental treatment become nonessential? Have we forgotten the importance of detection, prevention, and treatment of oral disease? Are we letting fear blind us to the fact that so many oral conditions detrimentally affect overall health? I have worked tirelessly in my 7 year career to create a dental practice that provides a comprehensive approach to oral health care. I am trained to work on critically ill and immunocompromised patients and treat them with the highest level of care and infection control as possible. This pandemic may create some new obstacles, but the fact remains that the care we provide to our patients is essential and many conditions can become life threatening when left untreated. 

As you prepare to return to our office for treatment or routine cleanings and exams, please be assured that we have your safety as our top priority. With that said, there are a few changes you can expect to see:

  • All patients and staff will be screened and have their temperature taken prior to entering our office. Please call our office (601-992-1605) or text (601-202-9761) when you arrive, and you will be met by a staff member at your vehicle. In the event you have a cough or fever, we will ask that you visit your primary care physician and reschedule your appointment with us. 
  • We are requesting that only patients enter the building for appointments (unless the patient is a minor, or if the patient is sedated). We will not be using our waiting room during this time. 
  • We will maintain the 6-foot social distancing guideline within the clinic. Each room will be thoroughly disinfected between patients, as well as all high traffic areas (bathrooms, waiting room, and front desk areas). 
  • We will only allow one person at the checkout counter at a time and will encourage patients to call in payments when possible.
  • Our staff will be wearing additional protective equipment for their protection and yours.

Please help support us as we prepare to return to work in these unprecedented conditions. Remember, we are a small business that has been greatly impacted by the extended closure, and your support means more now than ever. What does that mean? Schedule the treatment you’ve been putting off; spread the word that we are accepting new patients; share our social media posts; and be patient as we navigate our way through this new “normal.” You all have been such a blessing to me,  and I truly cannot wait to see you again soon! 

Current thoughts…


As I sit down to write, I’ve been trying to convince myself not to write about the pandemic. People are sick of it. People want to think about anything other than that for a minute. People just want to feel like life is returning to normal soon. Yet, here I am unable to think about anything else.

There was life before this. I mean, we’re talking about a few weeks ago when we all laughed at the Corona beer memes because we didn’t think it would ever hit close to home. We “cared” what happened in China, but let’s be honest, it really had nothing to do with us so let’s just move on to some other news.

Then there is life now. Quarantine. Panic. Sickness. Death. Unemployment. Homeschooling. Boredom. Uncertainty. All of a sudden, it’s like the rug was just ripped out from beneath us, and here we are trying to figure out how to navigate through such a strange and unprecedented situation. I asked my grandfather the other day if he had ever been through anything like this, and his response was not “just” like this. I think that’s what makes it so uncomfortable; we don’t know who to ask for advice. We need a grown up to tell us what to do!

To be honest, I’m currently most focused on what life is going to be like once this is all over. Will it all be over? How will the kids adjust to a normal schedule again? What about my small business? When can I go out to eat again? How can I help those who have suffered the most from this? It seems like everything in the future is in some way or another colored through the lens of the pandemic.

There are a few fundamental truths I am holding on to as I look at the future.

  1. We are resilient by nature. Through the course of history, the best stories out there are the ones of perseverance and determination. Everyone loves a comeback story, and I am sure that we each will have our own version of a comeback to write.
  2. My faith in God assures me that none of this is “unprecedented” or surprising to Him. He wrote this into our lives when He created us, and there is not one single thing He does not have under His control.
  3. Have you ever experienced this much free time in your adult life? I know I haven’t! So instead of filling my days with worry, I’m choosing to utilize that time and see it as a gift. My house may never be this clean ever again, but I can feel good about myself for finally accomplishing some tasks I’ve put off for years.

I hope as you navigate through all the feelings, emotions, stress, and anxieties that are unavoidable during our present circumstances, you hold on to hope. There is light at the end of this tunnel. We have time on our hands, so make the most of each day. We have a community, in this case a nation, which will persevere, as it always has, through the most trying times. Hang in there, friends!

Options for Denture Wearers

Let’s face it- not everyone is able to maintain their teeth forever. Whether it be a history of poor dental care and periodontal disease or illness and family history, I see patients every week faced with the prospect of losing their teeth. As a lover of all things teeth, I greatly empathize with those facing this daunting inevitability. Just like losing a limb, it’s emotional, uncomfortable, clumsy, and sometimes painful to go from natural teeth to a prosthetic piece of plastic in your mouth. Thank God for dentures, but it’s about time they get with the times with all the changes taking place in dentistry!

Good news- there are SO many available options with dentures today that can not only make the process less dramatic but can also improve quality of life to a greater extent than before the teeth were ever lost! The answer lies in dental implantology, an area of dentistry I’ve studied, learned, and become quite passionate about over the last multiple years. With the technology available within my practice, I can now precisely plan the placement of implants using 3D x-ray technology. That information can be correlated with computer assisted design (CAD) software to design a surgical guide that ensures that, on the day of surgery, the implants are placed exactly where they were planned. My 3D printer makes this guide in a matter of hours, and the entire process remains completely under my control. Talk about technology changing dentistry!

By incorporating implants into your denture’s future, you now have a couple of options:

1) The Overdenture: a denture that simply clicks into place, removing the need for denture adhesives and eliminating the fear of the denture coming loose. This can often be accomplished with as few as 2 implants.
2) The Hybrid Denture: a denture that is completely affixed to implants, meaning you never have to take it out and you simply brush as you did your natural teeth. This often requires 4 or more implants but creates the closest thing to your natural teeth as possible.

For some, the thought of implants seems either too invasive or too expensive. Let me assure you that the surgical implant procedure has never been smoother. With the incorporation of surgical guides (as described above) and advances in surgical techniques, patients are often left shocked that the procedure was so quick and painless. I often tell patients that losing the teeth is the hard part- the implant placement is simple. As far as the cost is concerned, more and more dental (and medical) insurance companies are paying toward implants. At GFFD, we file both dental and medical insurances to help you get the most savings. In addition, we offer multiple payment options that may surprise you. Don’t let the financial aspect be a deciding factor before you consult with your dentist about it!

Finally, I’m going to share a couple of cases that have been life changing for these patients. If you know you’re headed toward dentures (or you’re already there), PLEASE know that there are options for you that can get you back the quality of life you deserve!

About Me

For those who are new to Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, have recently started “following” us on social media, or may have just stumbled upon this, I would like to take some time to introduce myself. My name in Erin Green, and I am the proud owner and solo dentist at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry. I absolutely love what I do, but more than anything, I’m proud of the people I have supporting me and who’ve helped me achieve some of my life long goals.

I was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. I’m sure you know someone from Monroe (everyone seems to). To clear a few things up: I don’t personally know the Duck Dynasty people; the horrible smell comes from West Monroe (there’s a big difference!); and sure, go ahead and call it FUNroe. My parents still live there, along with one of my sisters and her family. My other sister and her family live in Pennsylvania- way too far away, if you ask me. I’m the baby of the family, and my sisters and I are very close. No one in my family is in the medical or dental field, but my parents empowered me from a young age to believe in myself and that I could do or be whatever I wanted. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

I took a very early liking to all things dentistry. I used paper clips to make myself “braces,” and I loved going with my sisters to their orthodontic appointments. I always loved my dentist and had very pleasant experiences at the dental office as a child. With that said, I absolutely don’t take for granted those of you who have had the exact opposite types of experiences. I hear almost daily about traumatic dental appointments and events that make me cringe- often related to lack of proper anesthesia. One of my main goals as a dentist is to create a non-traumatic, comfortable environment for my patients of all ages- to ease the worries of those with major dental anxiety and help my little patients to never have a fear of the dentist.

I started seriously considering dentistry as a profession by the time I was in high school. I had a friend whose mom worked at an orthodontist’s office, and I started doing some shadowing. As I prepared to go to college, I knew that dentistry was the route I wanted to take, so I followed my sister to Mississippi College, where the acceptance rate into dental school following graduation was >90%.  I met my husband John during college, fell madly in love, and got married as soon as we graduated. We then moved to New Orleans to attend dental school for me and medical school for him.

The fun really started after graduation! These last 7 years have been full of blessings and also quite crazy at times. Nothing has brought me more joy than the births of our 3 children, Anna, James, and Thomas. I always wanted to be a mom more than anything else, and it fulfills a part of my soul that nothing else could touch. They are the reason I’m motivated to work hard, and they are also the source of so much laughter and joy. My kids are continually teaching me grace, patience, flexibility, and compassion, all qualities that I find directly impact how I practice dentistry. I hope to show them a hard working mama that treats everyone like they are meaningful and loved.

My routine is probably about as chaotic as you would expect with a busy practice and three kids 5 years and younger. I try to make time for my health by starting the day with a workout. After the frantic morning routine of getting myself and 2 of the kids ready for school, I usually fly into the carpool line on two wheels. I have a LOT of help at home with our sitter, who is a literal God-send. Work begins with a review of the schedule and straight to business. I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve experienced over the last few years, but some days I am literally running from one room to the next. Those days call for Mexican food! We have a team meeting to close out the day (have I mentioned that I am NOTHING without my team) and then it’s home to the family. I try to cook 2-3 times per week and pray that the kids will actually eat what I’ve cooked. Then it’s usually a lot of giggles and silliness right until bedtime. I wouldn’t trade these long, busy days for anything!

I really am so fortunate to be doing my dream job. I absolutely love the patient interaction, the ability to help people, and the artistry to create something beautiful. Not to mention, I work with the most talented and compassionate group of women I’ve ever met. I have had the blessing of a supportive family to get me through the hard times and encourage me through the chaotic times. I look forward to the future with such hope and excitement, but I pray to never take for granted the present.

That’s a little about me; my hope is that you realize I’m just a normal, stressed mama trying to find joy in the little things, raise decent human beings, and keep learning and growing. 🙂

My Vision

Maybe you’ve noticed some changes in our practice over the last year. At least, I hope you have! We have taken on some new services which have surprised some and confused others. We’ve fought all the hiccups of growth: hiring new employees, scheduling conflicts, redefining goals, learning new processes, and others that were not so fun… All because of a vision I have for this little dental practice in the middle of Mississippi.

I was raised truly believing I could be whatever I wanted to be. I knew that with enough work and determination, no dream was too big. Turns out, the older I get, the bigger my dreams become. Before you roll your eyes and write me off as a typical millennial, let me try to explain my vision. Here is the basic gist of it: I want to create a health centric dental office. A place that is so much more than just teeth. A place that focuses on whole body wellness and makes connections and referrals simple. A place that doesn’t let you get “lost in the system.” A place that cheers you on and encourages you to become the best version of yourself.

I’ve learned over the course of my 6.5 years of practice, that I have a few unique opportunities as a general dentist.

1) TIME. I see most patients at least twice a year. What other health care provider do you see so frequently, even when in good health?

2) TRUST. A certain level of trust is necessary for someone to be willing to let you into their mouth. I don’t take that for granted! It’s so scary and vulnerable for so many people, and it is an honor when patients trust me as their dentist.

3) THOROUGH. So many health problems are either related to the oral cavity or manifest themselves with symptoms that should be apparent to a dental health provider. At your biannual dental cleaning, we have 60 minutes of undivided attention on YOU. 60 minutes to notice periodontal disease, dry mouth, swollen ankles, abnormal skin lesions, etc. Not to mention the time we spend talking about you as a person- your mental health, your aches and pains, your diet, your sleep, etc. You name it, we’ve talked about it!!

So instead of just taking these opportunities as a normal “part of the job,” I want to use them to help people help themselves! Take our growing dental sleep practice, for example. Mrs. “P” has been seeing us as a patient for years. She keeps her regular recalls and has very minor dental needs on occasion. She tells us she has felt very tired lately and is struggling to lose those “last 10 pounds.” We encourage Mrs. P to take a home sleep test to rule out sleep apnea. She comes in the following day for a consult to find that she has mild sleep apnea. We help her understand why this condition makes it more difficult to lose weight and leaves her feeling tired. She chooses to treat the condition with an oral sleep appliance, and after two weeks of treatment, has noticed a marked improvement in her energy level- enough to motivate her to take a daily morning walk.

The changes we’ve made this year have been stepping stones toward this bigger vision I have. My hope is that, if you are a current patient, friend, or family, you see this dream of mine and share in my excitement! I would love nothing more than to see a positive health change in our community that started with a little dental practice in the middle of Mississippi. 🙂