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Why pay attention to Vitamin D levels? Having sufficient levels of Vitamin D is proving to be fairly critical to early implant success. Some studies have shown a 3X increased failure rate in a group that had insufficient Vitamin D. This particular vitamin is found in relatively few foods, and our best source is when sunlight hits our skin. But between poor diets and indoor jobs, up to 70% of our population is being shown to have deficient levels of Vitamin D. This deficiency is evidently limiting the amount of calcium uptake by our bodies, and calcium has long been known to be a critical factor in bone formation.

Everything that comes close to a patient gets bombed by disinfectant or steam sterilized. Then, areas most frequently contaminated are wrapped with materials that can be discarded. In light of the Coronavirus, we have spent additional attention on areas outside our treatment spaces.  Throughout the day, we are disinfecting areas of the office such as door knobs, restrooms, faucets and other items that are touched frequently. Between each patient, we are disinfecting technology devices to ensure cleanliness. Appropriate personal protective equipment is worn by all team members.

March 28, 2020

What is a dental emergency? At this time, our dental professionals are limited to seeing patients who have:  •  Bleeding that doesn’t stop • Painful swelling in or around your mouth •  Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone •  Gum infection with pain or swelling •  After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal) •  Broken or knocked out tooth • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums • Biopsy of abnormal tissue Call us, 618-632-8471 as there are ways to ease our patients minds and pain even if we can't see you in the office today.

December 12, 2019

January resets the game table as dental coverage changes bring uncertainty and our patients, thankfully, call the office looking for advice about how to navigate the dental insurance waters in hopes they make the best choice. What questions do they ask? I thought I'd share them! 1. Which plans are in network with Spring Valley Dental Group? 2. What does it mean to me if Spring Valley Dental Group is out of my plan's network? 3. I see several versions of the same dental plan with different prices as my options, which do I choose? 4. As a provider, what's your view of dental insurance?

August 18, 2019

Some will want to frame the following thoughts as an attack, or a move to protect my profession from an invasive competitor. This is simply not the case. Read on, and you’ll see I’m really looking out for my patients; attempting to ensure they get what they desire out of an orthodontic treatment.

Smile Direct Club is a company with a product intended to help the general population cut out the middle man and treat themselves to straighter teeth. There’s a desire for all kinds of DIY instructions, many available across the internet, and dentistry is no exception. Smile Direct offers an imitation of the Invisalign aligner treatment. As you may know, Invisalign uses a series of plastic, elastic aligners, in a specifically designed sequence, to push your teeth in tiny increments over time....

Several years ago, a wonderful family, personal friends of ours with four kids, were seeing me as their dental provider. The mother of the family who is very health-conscious was introduced to the convincing, but erroneous notion that Fluoride was damaging our organs, and causing all manner of damage to her kids’ bodies and minds. She dedicated herself to eliminating all identifiable sources of fluoride. Avoiding fluoride is not an easy thing to do. It requires great dedication to avoid an element that occurs in nature! She was successful in her efforts; so much so, that in the span of 6 months, all her kids had multiple significant cavities, after having gone long spans with almost none. My friend, the mom, had made me aware of what she was doing prior to the results, but even I was...

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