Celebration Week + Reflections

Last week was one for the books! We started off celebrating our wonderful assistants, Heleena and Amy, and their hard work and dependability. Let me tell you- I could NOT function without these two! They are a constant source of encouragement for me and effortlessly ease the anxiety of so many patients. Heleena keeps us laughing all day long and deeply cares about her patients. Amy may seem quiet, but she’s always one step ahead of me and doesn’t miss a thing. Thank y’all for all you do on a daily basis.

The team surprised me on Wednesday with cake and confetti celebrating National Dentist Day. It also happened to be my 3 year anniversary of practice ownership! Let’s just say there were A LOT of sweets floating around the office last week.  It was a fun week all around and I feel so #blessed.

Just a quick reflection on my 3 years at GFFD (well, 4 years if you count the year I worked as an associate): Has it been easy? Not exactly! I want to thank the patients who stuck with me at the beginning. This little practice went through a lot of transition in a short amount of time, and it was beyond scary to be another new face when I first started. To those who chose to get to know me, give me a chance, and trust me with your dental needs, THANK YOU! In addition to navigating my way through practice ownership, I also had a couple of babies, my husband John FINALLY finished his medical training, and we moved to be closer to the practice. It’s been wild, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way!

Plain and simple- Grants Ferry Family Dentistry is my home. Thanks to everyone who has made GFFD their home as well, and I look forward to what lies ahead!

 

My Side Hustle

I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to teach as part of my job. I would have never thought that I was capable of public speaking. I remember literally being paralyzed with fear as a child having to speak in public. But when you find something you love and are passionate about, it becomes easier and a lot of fun!

I feel so fortunate to share my journey with digital dentistry with other doctors. It’s really shaped my practice and makes coming to work exciting! I can’t wait to see how dentistry continues to evolve in this tech-centric age.

A special shout-out to the people who think I have something worth sharing. I’m so grateful for a supportive team that keeps me going from week to week.

If you have something you’re truly passionate about, SHARE it! You can start here by sharing it in the comments below!

Kicking the Tobacco Habit is Good for your Mouth

 

More Than Just Stained Teeth

From its seemingly mild side effects (bad breath, tooth discoloration, buildup of plaque and
tartar), to the more sinister (increased risk of oral cancer, loss of bone within the jaw, gum
disease and any number of resulting complications) – tobacco is indeed an oral health risk.

Tobacco can cause serious health issues by breaking down the attachment of bone and soft
tissue to your teeth. Because of this breakdown, the use of tobacco makes smokers much more
susceptible to infection and diseases. In fact, 90% of people who have cancer of the mouth,
throat, or gums admit to using tobacco in some form.

Cigarettes, cigars and pipes aren’t the only culprits; smokeless tobacco can be just as detrimental
to oral health, if not worse. In fact, there are twenty-eight chemicals found in chewing tobacco alone that are proven to increase the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Chewing tobacco and snuff contain higher levels of nicotine than those found in cigarettes and other tobacco products, making it exposes the roots, and ultimately makes teeth more susceptible to decay.

Help is Just Next Door
The only way to help eliminate these risks is to never start using tobacco products, or to quit if
you do. In fact, simply reducing tobacco use is proven to help lower your risks. If you feel that it
is time to reduce your risk of cancer, gum disease, infection and other oral complications, your
dentist or doctor can help you create a plan to help you quit using tobacco, along with
prescribing certain medicines or programs to help you kick the habit.

Remember, it is never too late to quit. If you’re interested in getting help to quit, let us know
the next time you’re in for an appointment.

2018 Reflections

 

2018 was a great year! We saw a lot of growth at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry- from our team to the services we are now able to offer. Here are some quick highlights, in case you missed it!

January: Launched our new website. Now it’s easier than ever to make an appointment, access your patient information, and see what’s new at GFFD.

February: I was invited to Buffalo, NY, to one of the country’s most cutting edge technology centers when it comes to dentistry. I trained with some of the best to further learn to personally create beautiful crowns and veneers in office.

March: We added CBCT 3D imaging to our practice. This not only allows you to see your own SKULL in 3 dimensions, but it is the most valuable tool when planning and executing implant placement. This has been a game changer!

April: With the addition of the new 3D X-ray technology, I traveled to New Orleans to gather more knowledge on implants, building my confidence so that I could offer only the best to our patients. My motto is to always keep learning!

May: May was one of my favorite months of the year because it brought me one of the most gratifying cases of my career, as well as one of the nicest and most deserving patients I’ve ever met. Check out her video at the top of our Facebook page if you haven’t seen it yet! And like our page while you’re there;)

June: A couple of personal accomplishments I’m proud of that happened in June: my 2 year old, James, had his first dental appointment- no tears!- and my husband and I celebrated 9 years. I also became a certified trainer with CEREC (the technology we use to make your crowns in office)! I’m now training other doctors and their practices on how to utilize the technology. It was a fun month!

July: I was invited to Charlotte, NC, to the EPIC Women in Dentistry meeting. This was such an honor and a chance for me to engage with other female dentists about everything from juggling motherhood and dentistry to the way we like to practice.

August: We completed some minor renovations to the office. Goodbye file cabinets and hello shiplap! Most exciting upgrade to me: new dental chairs! We’re hoping to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

September: On the road again- this time to Orlando to attend one of the largest dental meetings of the year. This meeting is centered around technology, and for me, that is everything! Definitely couldn’t miss this!

October: October was another of my favorite months of this year. We introduced Smile Virtual Consults, the ability to consult with me personally over the world wide web! How cool is that? Check it out on the homepage.
I also worked very hard on my dental photography skills so that I can more adequately capture the beauty that lies in that tiny hole on your face. Seriously though- isn’t the best way to explain something through pictures? I have a newfound respect for photography, and I hope to get better and better at it.

November: For those of you who are wondering, we did indeed survive our 11 hour drive to and from Savannah with 3 kids ages 4 and under. THIS is my biggest accomplishment in November!

December: On a serious note, my team worked their BUTTS off this month. It’s a crazy time of year for a lot of health care professionals, but the women I work with did not stop or let it wear them down. I could not be more proud of my work family, and my genuine hope is that all of our patients will feel like they are part of our family. At the core of GFFD lies a common goal to treat our patients how we would want to be treated. I’m happy to say that I see this every single day with this team.

Whew! That got longer than I expected! If you’re just looking for the Cliff Notes, I traveled a lot, added some cool new things, and I love my team! Thanks for making this “job” so great, everyone. Cheers to 2019!

 

 

Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters,
it’s the technique.

Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a
consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A
manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush
two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back
molars.

For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some
form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric
brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.

The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage
of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers
who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush.

At your next dental visit, ask us whether we think you would do better with a manual or electric
brush! And, as always, don’t forget to floss!

A Dentist’s Perspective on Candy

Y’all. I LOVE candy. It’s one of my very favorite things. Earlier this year, I made a commitment to go 30 days without sugar (crazy, I know). On day 31, my team witnessed as I popped a Starburst into my sugar deprived mouth, and tears ensued. It was glorious! I guess it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Yes, it’s ridiculous, but now you know!

 

So for all my candy loving friends out there, let me give you some tips and pointers on how to enjoy your sweet treats but NOT pay for it with new cavities!

  1. Try to eat your candy in one setting instead of a piece here and there throughout the day.
  2. Brush your teeth and floss after your sugar load. If you can’t get to these hygiene tools, try swishing your mouth with water and chewing sugar free gum.
  3. Sticky, sour, and chewy candies can be much more harmful to your teeth than smooth, melt in your mouth, or crunchy candies. So swap the gummies for chocolate!

 

Here’s my professional recommendation on Halloween- EAT THE CANDY! Just be mindful of your teeth so that they stay healthy!

 

Happy Halloween from all of us at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry!

What to Do When You Crack a Tooth

Ouch!

Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment 601-992-1605. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away.

2. There are usually options for repairing a cracked tooth, ranging from a filling to an implant. Your treatment options will depend upon the extent of damage to the tooth.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it. Symptoms may include sensitivity to cold, hot, sweets and pain when biting. Your cracked tooth will not heal itself, so don’t delay your appointment!

Why is my Dentist Offering Botox?

I know a lot of people have wondered, “Why is my dentist doing Botox?” There are actually multiple reasons! With extensive education in head and neck anatomy and physiology, dentists are very familiar with the muscles of the head and neck and what makes them work. In addition, dentists should be very skilled in administering injections, as it is part of our every day routine.

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, reduces the contraction of muscles and usually lasts up to 3-4 months once injected. Dental indications for Botox include, but are not limited to, migraines, muscle stiffness/spasms, headaches, and TMJ pain/clenching/grinding. For example, when the masseter, a large muscle on the side of the face, is over active, a patient may notice that he or she is constantly clenching and grinding their teeth, which can lead to tooth wear and breakage, headaches, jaw pain, and the need for a bulky mouth guard. By injecting Botox directly into this muscle, the force of contraction is reduced, thus alleviating symptoms and negative side effects associated with clenching and grinding. Cool, huh?

I admit; Botox is more commonly thought of as a cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. And Botox for cosmetic reasons is still very popular! But keep this in mind; once collagen breaks down, wrinkles get deeper, and it may be more difficult to treat. Start early! Cosmetic Botox is best used as a preventive measure at the onset of fine lines, usually in one’s 20s or 30s. 

I hope this has answered some of your questions about why the heck I am doing Botox. If you think you may benefit from Botox, schedule a consultation today!

Share a Smile with a Friend

A Gift for You and a Gift for Your Friend

At Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, we’re always looking for new ways to show our patients how much we appreciate them. We’ve designed our practice based on comfort, compassion, and great care, and now we’re excited to introduce our patient referral program. Along with our occasional giveaways and specials, we’re glad we can offer one more way to enhance your experience with us!

 

 

 

How Does The Patient Referral Program Work?

It’s pretty simple, actually! Whenever a new patient comes in we ask them if someone referred them. If you’re the lucky person who gave the referral, both you and the new patient will receive $50 dental dollars on each of your accounts! That’s right – for every new patient you refer to us, you’ll get $50 dental dollars.

$50 toward that crown you’ve been putting off!
$50 toward Botox!
$50 toward whitening!
However you choose to use it, it’s yours!

We love being able to show our appreciation by welcoming new patients to our practice. So spread the word! 😉

  • A ‘Referral’ is someone who is not an existing patient in our practice.
  • No cash value.  The $50 dental dollars can only be used toward patient balance after treatment and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

No one wants to think about cancer. But did you know that oral cancer affects nearly 50,000 Americans every year? It’s something we need to be aware of and know how to identify in its early stages. Though I carefully examine your oral cavity at every 6 month appointment, it is necessary that you do the same at home. My good friend and colleague, Dr. Kitrina Cordell, oral and maxillofacial pathologist and chair of the department of Diagnostic Sciences at LSU Dental School, has compiled a wonderful tool for Oral Cancer Self Screening. Please check out this link and learn some of the common signs, causes, and risk factors of oral cancer and when to contact your dentist.

https://www.lsusd.lsuhsc.edu/socs/default.aspx

Also, follow her on Instagram  to see some pretty interesting oral conditions!

https://www.instagram.com/lsuoralpathology/?hl=en