We try hard to get our Newsletters out for each season. However, you will notice that we are combining Fall and Winter because Winter is just around the corner and we have not gotten the Fall Newsletter out! It's been busy around here and it is only getting busier (see below for the reason)!
END-OF-YEAR WRAP UP
2018 is coming to a close and we are reminding patients that this year's dental benefits are ending. We want you to maximize your benefits! Also, it is a good time to use up any cafeteria plan funds. Many plans have a Use-It-Or-Lost-It policy. If you have treatment to complete, or if you want to stock up on whitening or Prevident toothpaste, please contact us. Don't let your dental benefits go to waste!
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
It was 10 years ago that Dr. Macauley called Dr. Jones into his office and let her know that he was ready to retire. Dr. Jones thought, "Great! I'll have a year or so to prepare for this big adventure." However, Dr. Macauley then told her that he would like to retire by the end of the year!
The first few months of 2009 were a blur, but we are so thankful to all of our patients that have been with us since the beginning and those that are newly joining our little dental family. Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Dr. Jones!
When Dr. Jones bought the practice, she redecorated the office to make it her own. The new wall paper, furniture in the Waiting Room, and new flooring really helped. She also brought the practice into modern times with digital radiography and computers in all the rooms. Until then, the office had one computer up front with dial-up internet!
It is time for another renovation and this time we are updating our equipment. This is a much needed improvement! New chairs, cabinets, front desk area and a sterilization room. We are so excited to get started! Construction should start in the next few weeks. Be sure to follow our progress via our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
We are going to do our best to not affect our patient experience the next couple months. That being said, there may be some appointments that may need to be rescheduled. If that is the case, we will offer alternative dates to those patients (most likely a Friday). We appreciate your support and understanding and are excited for you to see the "new" office!
THE SEASON OF GIVING
Are you looking for fun and unique gifts this season? We've got you covered!
IDEA 1: For your friend or relative that should get coal in their stocking... charCOAL toothpaste! The Black-Is-White toothpaste is a hit in our office, and a fun gift to give (and receive)! ($30)
IDEA 2: If you know your loved one has their own whitening trays, we have whitening refill kits! ($50)
IDEA 3: Our favorite toothbrush currently is the Curaprox 5460. It is a manual brush, but leaves you with a fresh-from-the-dentist clean feeling. We have a variety of color combinations to fit everyone's personality! ($3)
You can stop in during business hours to purchase while supplies last.
NEW BUSINESS HOURS
Starting in 2019, our Wednesday hours will extend to 3:00 PM for hygiene patients. Phones will only be answered until noon on Wednesday.
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM;
Tuesday, 8 AM - 5 PM;
Wednesday, 8 AM t0 3 PM;
Thursday, 8 AM - 5 PM;
Dr. Jones took a quick trip to London recently. Although, it was a short trip, she had so much fun! She wandered the streets shopping and site-seeing while her husband was in meetings and conferences. When he finished, they had afternoon tea, did more shopping, and went to the England - New Zealand rugby match (Go All Blacks!). Dr. Jones loves sharing her travel experiences and to get recommendations from all of our globe-trotting patients!
*Fun Fact! Dr. Jones' (and Ashleigh's) dad was born in England and came to North America in 1957. This was Dr. Jones' first trip to England and she can't wait to go back...for longer than 3 days!
Summer is starting to wind down. Backpacks are being dusted off, and pencils are getting sharpened. Parents are gritting their teeth and telling themselves that they can last a few more days before the sweet relief of teachers! Teachers...THANK YOU!!!
How was your summer? Did you travel? Visit new places around Kansas City? Move into a new place? Get a puppy? We can't wait to hear about it all at your next dental appointment!
Here is what the Jones' Dental Crew did this summer!
Dr. Jones had a beautiful wedding at the end of June. The following weekend, she and her husband went on their honeymoon to Greece and Paris! They had a fabulous time, ate the most delicious food, and really enjoyed the beauty of Greece and history of Paris.
After 10 days in paradise, they returned home to driving kids around to swim meets, golf practice, friends' houses, and the normal day-to-day summer fun!
Dr. Jones' four children will be in 7th grade, 5th grade, 3rd grade and kindergarten this year! All four in school....that is a Fri-YAY for mom!
It's been house projects at Courtney's this summer! During our week off in July, Courtney and her husband painted their master bedroom and bathroom. While they did that, the kiddos spent time with their grandparents and went boating, fishing, and to a petting zoo (with a zebra!). Weekends have been spent at the pool, with friends, and enjoying music.
I think that Joan had a well-rounded summer! Her week nights consisted of class, homework, and water polo practice. She camped with friends in Georgia, Hillsdale Lake, and Rolla, MO. Visited friends in New York, and spent time with family in Sedalia. A little school, a little fun, and a lot of gardening.
The fruits of her labor benefited the rest of us last week when she brought in a bag full of basil! Our office smelled wonderful that day. Dr. Jones' used it that night on some homemade pizza, and both Ashleigh and Courtney made pesto!
While there was no official vacation for my family this summer, but we did spend a lot of time at the pool. We also surprised our boys one day with their first trip to Oceans of Fun! The wave pool was their favorite, with a close second being the Fury of the Nile.
Dr. Jones and I also had a quick trip to Indiana with our family one weekend for a family reunion and memorial for our grandmother. Our entire family (minus a cousin or two) went to South Bend, Indiana to celebrate our Nana who passed away this past spring. She was a mother of six boys, and had 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren!
The Dental Part of the Dental Newsletter
So cool you need to wear shades (New Procedures)
When you come in for a dental visit, you will now be asked to wear a pair of protective sunglasses. You may wear your own, or use ours. 99% of patients want to know the reason, and it is simply to keep you safe! Safety is our top concern while you are visiting our office and we want to make sure that water, debris and our bright lights don't get in your eyes!
Online Chat Feature
Several months ago, we created a feature on our website that allows for people to chat with us during our office hours. When you go to www.alisonjonesdentistry.com, you will see in the "Chat with us" bubble in the lower right corner. This feature is only available during office hours, as I (Ashleigh) am the one on the other end! Of course, you can always call, email, and text us.
This is the time of year that we like to remind patients that end of dental benefit plans, cafeteria plans, and open enrollment are only a couple months away. Over the course of the last three years, I've seen dental benefit plans change. Unfortunately, not for the better.
One option that we introduced a couple years ago is SmileAdvanatage. This is a dental discount membership program. There are three plans available: Child, Adult, and Perio. The plans currently are $299, $349, and $649 and include two exams, two cleanings (or four perio maintenance visits for Perio Plan), 1 set of x-rays, 2 fluoride treatments (if wanted), 1 emergency visit, and 15% off dental treatment.
If you are interested in SmileAdvantage or have questions, please call or email us.
Online Bill Payments
When you receive a Billing Statement you are able to submit a payment online! Although all patients can create their own Patient Portal, it is the Guarantor, or Head-of-Household, of the family that is able to submit online payments. If you have any problems, or need for us to change who is the Head-of-Household, please let us know. The email we have on file will be the email in which you use to create your account.
We are in the business of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. We are not in the business to push and sell products. That being said, you will sometimes hear Dr. Jones and Courtney recommend products that they believe will benefit you. A new product that Dr. Jones highly recommends is StellaLife.
StellaLife is an all-natural, antimicrobial product. It comes in a gel (to accelerate healing, relieve pain, ad reduce swelling after both surgical and non-surgical dental treatment); a rinse (to hydrate, promote healthy gums and freshen breath); and a mist (and easy-to-carry way to help dry mouth symptoms).
We encourage you to research any product before use. Dr. Jones and Courtney are happy to answer questions at your next appointment!
As always, thank you so much for being a part of our practice. We are a small office that values our relationships with our patients. Our practice is growing, but you can expect the same one-on-one, quality care that you have come to expect at our office. We love reading your Google, Yelp and Facebook reviews.
Whether you are new to having a denture/implant/bridge, or have had one for over 30 years, it is important to know how to care for it. You've invested time and money into your restoration and we want to make sure that it lasts for many years and works well for you.
How to clean your partial denture or full denture:
It is important to remove your denture every night to allow for your tissues to have a break. Always leave them soaking in water or denture soak to avoid dehydration and warping. You may use a soft bristle brush and mild denture cleaning toothpaste to brush away food debris. For partial dentures, be careful around the areas that come in contact with your teeth. Natural teeth, as well as denture teeth, must be kept clean on a daily basis to reduce the risk of dental decay. Use a fluoride toothpaste for natural teeth. And remember: Brush two-times a day for two-minutes each. AND FLOSS around natural teeth!
Many patients with full dentures think that they no longer need regular dental visits. This is not true! When your teeth are no longer present, your jaw and gums can shrink up to 1/32 of an inch every year. Visiting your dentist every 6 months is still important. Your dentist will check the fit of your denture as well as continue to check your oral tissues for serious oral diseases, like oral cancer. When you visit our office, we will also clean your partial or full denture in our ultrasonic machine, at no additional cost.
How to clean around your bridge:
To prevent decay and provide longevity for your bridge be sure to brush and floss after eating and right before bedtime. You may swish vigorously for at least 30 seconds with an alcohol-free, fluoride-containing mouth rinse. An electric toothbrush is optimal, but a manual brush may also be used. We also suggest a WaterFlosser to help get food debris out from under your bridge, as well as around and between your teeth.
Like dentures, visiting us every 6 months is important so that any problems can be found and corrected early. Waiting too long may require redoing the entire restoration or finding a new solution to restore the area.
How to clean around your dental implant:
Brush and floss daily...especially at bedtime. Yes...this is a reoccurring theme in today's blog! Although the actual implant cannot get decay, you can still get periodontal disease which can lead to the implant failing due to inflammation that leads to tissue and bone loss around the implant.
Contact us right away if you experience any of the following:
Again, early intervention and good homecare is key to the success of your dental implant.
In all seriousness, we want your dental restoration(s) to last as long as possible and work well. Keeping them clean, your remaining natural teeth clean, and your tissues healthy is the best defense. Visiting for regular check-ups is also a very important part for the longevity of your restoration and health of your mouth.
Ali Jones, D.D.S. - Dentist