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Continuing the Fight Against COVID-19

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI We have always practiced universal precautions since our practice opened twenty five years ago. Perhaps the reason why Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations and infections have been so low in our professional community is because of these practices and our beliefs in following science. I encourage all of our patient base to remain vigilant […]

What’s New at SLDG?

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI The lightning strike that hit our building a few weeks ago has earned our attention and made for lots of re-investment in new equipment and technology. Our IT provider, ARC has been working overtime in trying to keep us operational and compliant with HIPPA and OSHA. The staff has been “rolling […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD When I was in dental school, my instructor told us that we will be the most hated people in the world. I didn’t understand it so much at the time, but I get it now. I have heard “I hate the dentist” several times. It is understandable considering […]

Back to School

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Wow! Back to school already? Where did this summer go? I am sure you are also asking yourselves these questions.  As we prepare for back to school, there are so many boxes to check in order to get our children ready for the new year. And their dental cleaning should […]

Kids and Vaping

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD An article in the May/June issue of General Dentistry addressed some of the issues with electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), vaping, and oral health. Considering that it took decades of research to make the correlation between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, one pressing concern with ENDS is the […]

Records for Transfer

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI I sit in my office on a Sunday afternoon completing tasks that I meant to do during the week and just never found the time. Today, it is processing records for transfer.  It is a task that I have come to appreciate because of my past service within the military. Soldiers […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD 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 […]

A New Restoration? Why?

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD Often times you will hear us tell our patients that they need a new crown or a new restoration (filling). “Why?”, is the most common response. Unfortunately, dental work is not guaranteed to last forever. We always do our best to provide optimal, lasting care but we also have to […]

An Update For Our Patients

Author: Dr. David Dickerhoff, DDS, MAGD, FOCOI Governor Cooper has eased restrictions in North Carolina and folks are starting to feel as if this pandemic is behind us. Walmart has announced that mask wear is not required IF you have been fully vaccinated. I watch what is happening in the public arena and I wonder how I should […]


Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD This past weekend we commemorated Independence Day. Your gatherings probably included sports, boats, swimming pools and most with with food, fireworks, and fellowship. It is important to celebrate all victories not just the ones designated as holidays. Each day let us make an effort to applaud, encourage, praise actions […]