Archive for October, 2018

Preventing Cavities: A Focus on Nutrition

Author: Shannon Sutton, RDH As a Registered Dental Hygienist, my main goal in patient care is education and prevention. Nutrition plays an integral role in the prevention of dental caries aka cavities (sugar bugs for the kids). In particular, frequent exposure to carbohydrates and acidic foods and drinks are the most damaging to our healthy […]

Navigating New Opportunities Dental Convention

Author: Cheri Lindstrom, RDH If you are interested in the profession of dental hygiene, I want you to know you have many options in North Carolina. As a dental hygienist, you may end up working in a traditional dental office, or you may end up working in Public Health. You may work for Crest or […]


Author: Tracey Perry-Johnson, RDH Xerostomia is the perception of dry mouth accompanied by hyposalivation. Lack of saliva & moisture in the mouth is a serious oral condition. The imbalance of oral proteins, electrolytes and salivary flow encompass what is known to dental professionals as xerostomia. Dry mouth is affecting a growing number of patients of […]

Dental Stem Cell Research

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS This month the Academy of General Dentistry published an article about dental stem cell banking. Stem cells are biological unspecialized cells that have the capability to become “tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions” National Institutes of Health (NIH). Let’s say that a stem cell is a piece of […]

Pregnancy and Dentistry

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD As with many events, pregnancy is a beautiful and big change in any woman’s life. It can bring along significant hormone changes and fluctuations that alter the whole body and sometimes we don’t think that pregnancy will affect the mouth, but yes, it surely does. Since pregnancy brings so many […]

Dental Insurance Changes for Retirees- How Does It Affect You?

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI This December, retirees and their families will experience their dental insurance coverage changing. Each retiree family that is enrolled must choose which plan they wish to participate in. Our patients of record are interested as to whether Spring Lake Dental Group will be an in network provider for these […]

Fluoride: Toothpaste vs. Water

Author: Bonnie Lott, RDH Fluoride is a naturally occuring element that is found in oceans and groundwater. For over 70 years it has been added to public water supplies at adjusted levels to prevent tooth decay, and is considered safe and effective, reducing decay in adults and children by at least 25%! We ALL need […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS Your hygienist will tell you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed, floss at least once a day, preferably before bed, and rinse. With braces, this routine will require more time. Although it can be an arduous task, it is of […]