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Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD The internet provides a wealth of information on every professional discipline, social concern, political party and platform, COVID updates and potential vaccines, and everything else under the sun. There are many reputable websites that are excellent sources to feed your inquiry and there are others that do not. […]

Aging and Dental Health

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, FAGD, MS We are living longer.  Because of the growth of the aging population, attention is needed in maintaining their oral health.  According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal disease (gum disease), xerostomia (dry mouth), and oral cancer are oral conditions that the older […]

Sinus Congestion Causing Tooth Pain

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Recently we have been seeing several cases of severe sinus congestion that is the cause of a toothache. But why? The maxillary sinus is a membrane. It lines the cavity in our head and on both sides of the nose where air flows through. Sometimes, allergies promote a response from […]

A Big Deal

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, FAGD, MS When our patients have dental work performed, there are certain instructions that are given. We are not trying to inconvenience them, but hoping that an expected and agreeable result occurs. Here are a few examples of do’s and don’ts after dental care. Do return to the office after […]

The Benefits of A Nightguard

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD We often get asked what an occlusal guard or “nightguard” is, what is it used for and who may benefit from it. A nightguard is a very simple U-shaped appliance that goes in between your top and bottom teeth. It is meant to provide protection against trauma caused by clenching or grinding […]

Lessons Learned

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS AGD Impact, the Academy of General Dentistry’s monthly newsmagazine, published an article by a dentist and AGD Fellow who details his experience with oral cancer. He relays the hard lessons he learned after the loss of his loved one from the disease. The information I give you is not […]

Oropharyngeal Cancer by the Numbers

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI +53,260 estimated new cases in 2020 +10,750 estimated deaths in 2020 +2.9% of all new cancer cases +1.8% of all cancer deaths Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer.  63 is the median age at diagnosis. 68 is the median age at death.  […]

Spotlight: Shannon Sutton, RDH

Author: Shannon Sutton, RDH To celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week, I want to share with you why I love what I do. I have been a dental hygienist for about 13 years now and truly enjoy it every day. My profession has many rewards that drive me to genuinely love this career. Learning about my […]

Not Alone

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS Dentistry is not a solo profession. There is an irreplaceable auxiliary and clinical staff that is necessary for the successful practice of dentistry. This staff includes front desk personnel, financial and marketing staff, dental hygienist, dental assistants, sterilization technician, sanitation team, compliance officers, and others. Each member provides a […]

Thank You to Our Dental Assistants!

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Last week, we proudly celebrated Dental Assistants Week! And I wanted to dedicate this blog to thank all our dental assistants. Many of you may know how much we depend on our assistants and how hard they work to provide our patients the best care possible. Dental assistants are multitaskers, […]