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The Decisions You Make

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI I continue to watch the battle our nation is fighting in trying to deal with this pandemic. I do not know if I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but I remain optimistic. In preparation for the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I was mesmerized by […]

Geriatric Population

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD Poor oral health and poor general health coincide. A compromised oral cavity can negatively affect diabetes control and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. As the population ages, there is an increase in the prevalence of certain health conditions and oral maladies. Oral disease can significantly impact the […]

Shade Selection

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Tooth shade selection is a very interesting and fun process during our patient’s appointments. There are three main characteristics of the science of color: hue, chroma and value. Hue is the actual color, for example, red, green, blue, etc. Chroma can be described as the intensity of that color, as […]

The Importance of Primary Teeth

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI Welcome to the New Year!  New beginnings, a new administration and renewed optimism about dealing with this pandemic. I just received my second vaccine injection and I must commend Cape Fear Valley for their leadership effort in getting our community vaccinated. The month of February has been designated by the […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD Losing all your teeth can be difficult. Recovering from the surgery, waiting for the denture to be fabricated, hoping that the results meet expectations and resolve all problems for the patient. Once teeth are removed and denture seated, the patient has to get used to wearing it. Returning […]

A Wish As We Enter 2021…

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD Goodbye 2020!  This year has been hard.  As we continue towards the end of 2020, waving farewell in our rearview mirror, it gives some comfort to reflect on the moments of kindness of the human spirit. Let our hearts find comfort in the compassionate and back-breaking work of […]

Reflecting On 2020…

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Wow, December 2020! Another year that is almost gone. Looking back and reflecting on what this year has been makes me have a different perspective as we enter the new year in just a few weeks.  I am pretty sure most of you will join me on wanting to have […]

As We Look To 2021…

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI As we approach the end of the year, the holiday season and the beginning of winter, it is a time of reflection in order to review what has passed as well as making plans for the new year.  As we have navigated the challenges of this pandemic, it has […]

Welcome Jenny Lowder, Certified Dental Hygienist!

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI This pandemic has certainly challenged us. But I am comforted to find that almost all of our patients at Spring Lake Dental Group are happy, healthy and following the guidelines put forth by the CDC. The end is not yet in sight, but I am hoping that wearing masks […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD There are many relationships in a dental office.  There is the relationship between the dentist and her/his assistants, hygienists and their patients, office manager and business staff, etc.  One relationship that has a great affect upon the patient and the dental office is insurance. Dental insurance provides a […]