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.
I strive to be a dentist who focuses on education, prevention and early intervention in a warm, caring, friendly atmosphere where you and your choices matter.
This has been my personal philosophy and mission in treating my patients since I graduated from dental school. It means everything to me in my daily practice, and in every interaction with every patient. They are not just words on a website or brochure to market my practice. I genuinely want all my patients to experience better health and a higher quality of life through improved oral health and positive interactions and experiences in my office. Dare I say...you even may enjoy coming to see us, laugh and have a little fun while you're here! I hope you do! I love my job, I love to take care of you and I love to laugh with you! I want you to understand your teeth, how they work (or don't work), how your oral health is essential to your quality of life and your overall health. I want you to be invested in your own oral care and to really feel that I am invested as well. I want us to have a level of trust that allows us to create the best treatment plan that meet your goals and make you feel confident in knowing that you are getting exceptional dental care from start to finish and for years down the road.
Let me get this out of the way so we can talk about what I really want you to know in this particular set of messages....if you do experience dental disease - cavities, broken teeth, lost teeth, gum disease, crooked teeth, stained and discolored teeth, bad breath, pain, poor bite, temporomandibular disorder, oral cancer, cold sores, canker sores, dental fear, dental anxiety and many other oral ailments, pathologies and concerns - don't worry....we've got this. As your dentist, I take great pride in providing you with options for treatment followed with exceptional care to repair what is broken, fix what doesn't work, make your smile look amazing and restore confidence in your smile. I spend a lot of time making sure I know the best materials and techniques, and I also really care that I do my best work to restore you to a healthy mouth that you feel great about. I will continue to do that for as long as I get to be your dentist.
However, back to the point of this blog post....one of the most important jobs I have is to teach you about your oral health and give you the knowledge, skills and tools to take care of yourself and prevent or minimize disease, pain and problems before they even start. Let's face it....everyone wants to come in for their cleaning and check-up and hear me say those magic words at the end, "Everything looks great today - no cavities and your teeth and gums look fabulous!" In order to have that happen at every check up, you obviously have to do your part at home to take care of your mouth. You've heard it a million times, "brush twice a day for two minutes each, floss once a day, come to see your dentist routinely for cleanings and check ups." But, do you ever wonder what else you can be doing to take care of your mouth? You probably don't. But I do!! I DO wonder that all the time! I want to know how everthing works in the human body...not just your mouth. I am a life long learner of many subjects, but human health and wellness fascinates me more than finance, economy, politics, weather, geology, wildlife, ecology, fashion, art, sports or any other thing that you might have a passion for. (Don't get me wrong...I am not a total dental nerd...I love and enjoy plenty of other stuff besides health and dentistry...but you get the point!)
Are you so bored of hearing dentists and hygienists tell you to brush and floss if you want healthy teeth and gums?? Do you want to know other ways that you can take care of your mouth and how that relates to your overall health and wellness? I think a lot of people must be interested because there is endless stuff on Pinterest and on the worldwide interwebs about how to heal your cavities with with holistic and natural approaches. Guess what? There is some decent advice but there is also a lot of whacky stuff out there. Let's wade through some of that information. Let's talk about your diet. Let's talk about epigenetics. Let's talk about microbiome. Let's talk about gut health. Let's talk about cardiovascular and brain health. Let's talk about how your oral health relates and influences all of these things. There is a LOT of complicated information about all this. But I am going to do my best to shed some light and peak your interest in some cool, new stuff.
In a series of upcoming blog entries, I want to give you good, reliable information backed in current science about your oral health and the connection with your systemic health and how you can be more proactive and preventative in your approach to taking care of yourself. The best way to solve a problem is never to have the problem in the first place. And also...yah...its saves you money to NOT need fillings and crowns!
So, stay tuned. And if you have questions or comments or information to share with me, I really hope you reach out via comment, email, phone call or social media. Please be interactive and let's learn some fun new things together about how to be more healthy and happy and have bigger, brighter smiles, healthy hearts and stronger bones that last a lifetime!
Ali Jones, D.D.S. - Dentist