One of the great things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for gaps in your smile. There are several different tooth replacement options out there to choose from, like dental implants. Implants have a variety of different benefits including the fact that they can drastically improve the appearance of your smile. Continue reading to learn about some of the different cosmetic benefits of dental implants.(more…)
Lake Oconee Dentistry Blog
April 8, 2021
March 24, 2021
Studies have shown that a person’s smile is one of the first things you will notice when you meet them. Have you ever wondered why you find some smiles attractive, and others not so much? You’re about to find out! Keep reading to learn what characteristics make a smile beautiful and all of the ways your dentist can help you improve yours.(more…)
February 11, 2021
Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist, even if they don’t have advanced training or continuing education that has allowed them to sharpen their skills and knowledge of cosmetic dental services. If you’re looking for a trusted and experienced cosmetic dentist that can provide you with amazing, long-lasting results to boost your confidence, you may need to do a little research. Read on to learn five tips to help you choose the best cosmetic dentist near you.(more…)
February 9, 2021
When it comes to dental health, it pays to build good habits early. In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, here are five simple things you can do now to help ensure your child has a healthy smile for years to come.(more…)
December 17, 2020
Did you know that over two million dental crowns are placed each year? Considering the prevalence of decay, that statistic isn’t too shocking. After all, this restoration is widely known for its ability to seamlessly restore the function and aesthetic of an affected tooth. However, many patients have one important question on their mind: What is a dental crown’s lifespan? Read on to learn the answer!(more…)
November 9, 2020
If you recently signed up for dental insurance, it’s important to know that it’s vastly different from medical insurance. While medical insurance typically pays for treatment as health issues arise, dental insurance primarily covers preventive care, encouraging patients to avoid problems in the first place. However, the specific coverage you’re entitled to will vary greatly from plan to plan. With that being said, here are four helpful things to keep in mind as you begin planning out how to use your dental insurance.(more…)
October 22, 2020
Dental insurance plays a crucial role in helping you care for your teeth and gums. However, if you aren’t familiar with the fine print on your plan, then you may not be utilizing your coverage to the fullest! Unfortunately, this can lead to wasted dollars that could’ve benefited your oral health. To prevent this from happening to you, read on to learn three ways to maximize your dental insurance benefits.(more…)
October 6, 2020
Lake Oconee Dentistry will be hosting Stars, Stripes and Smiles, a free day of dentistry for active and retired military, as well as law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel on Friday, October 30th.
Drs. David and Patti Bradley, Dr. Shelly Pound, Dr. Andrea Feldman and Dr. Don Hudson, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, will provide event attendees with their choice of a free extraction, filling or cleaning that day. Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time, along with his team, in order to help as many people as possible.
Of the 21 million veterans in the United States, fewer than 10 million are enrolled for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, and more than 1.2 million lack health insurance altogether. This gap is even more pronounced when it comes to dental care because the VA only provides dental benefits to veterans classified as disabled or as a prisoner of war — or as veterans who have a service-connected dental condition.
This year, the practice is once again expanding the event to include the hometown heroes – law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel — who work daily to keep our local communities safe.
“Oftentimes those who serve our country and communities are, unfortunately, among the most under-served when it comes to healthcare,” says Dr. David Bradley. “Stars, Stripes and Smiles is our way of honoring those who have given – and continue to give — so much to ensure our safety and make this country what it is today.”
Enhanced protocols to help ensure safety
Lake Oconee Dentistry has implemented several additional precautions to help ensure the health and safety of patients and team members during the current pandemic, including:
- Curbside patient check-in to minimize contact with others
- Pre-screening of every patient, including a health questionnaire and non-touch temperature screenings
- Face masks for all patients not in a treatment room
- Face masks for all team members
- Socially-distanced waiting area
- Additional personal protection equipment for all clinical team members
- Stand-alone air scrubbers in each treatment room to reduce the likelihood of airborne virus transmission
There are also several steps the practice has taken “behind the scenes,” including:
- Daily health assessments of all team members, including temperature checks
- Enhanced cleaning protocols in common areas
- Utilizing aerosol minimizers during treatment to reduce likelihood of airborne virus transmission
- Investment in portable, commercial-grade UV-C germicidal lights and disinfection lamps to safely sterilize rooms and instruments without the use of additional harsh chemicals
Call today to schedule an appointment for our free day of dentistry
If you are a veteran or hometown hero and are interested in receiving free dental treatment on October 30th, please call the office at 706-453-1333 for an appointment time.
August 6, 2020
Whether you’re spending the day visiting some of the city’s beautiful historic buildings, boating on Lake Oconee, or playing a round of golf, a dental injury can occur at any time. When it happens, you may be tempted to enter into panic mode, but you will find it’s best to stay calm and attempt to survey the situation. Is it an emergency? Can it be remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever or dental wax, or does your injury call for the help of a professional? If you’re unsure when it’s time to seek immediate care for your dental emergency, read on to hear from an expert who can explain.(more…)
July 28, 2020
We recently added a new team member to the practice – Dr. Don Hudson! In case you haven’t had the chance to meet him – or haven’t noticed him under all that personal protection equipment – we wanted to take a moment to make a formal introduction.
Here’s some background on our newest doctor…
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Don moved around quite a bit as a child. His early travels landed him in Louisville, Kentucky. In a strangely coincidental turn of events, Dr. Don attended Liberty Elementary School at the same time Dr. David was there. Dr. Don is a year older, so the two never crossed paths, despite living in neighborhoods located across the street from each other!
From Louisville, Dr. Don’s family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and then finally settled in LaGrange, Georgia. After graduating from LaGrange High School, Dr. Don went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia. But a few years after graduation, he began to re-evaluate his career path. A talented artist and musician, he wanted to pursue a career that combined his passion for both science and art.
The Move to Dentistry
One particular experience turned Dr. Don’s eye toward dentistry: He had inadvertently missed a few dental cleanings in the years following college graduation. When he finally had his teeth cleaned, he was amazed at the difference a bright smile made in his life. He was more confident and relaxed. He smiled more. For Dr. Don, having a beautiful smile was literally a transformative experience – and he wanted to be able to give that gift of transformation to others.
Dr. Don attended dental school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta (now known as Augusta University) on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Following graduation, he served as a dentist for U.S. airmen at RAF Lakenheath in England.
After returning to the states, he purchased a dental practice in the small town of Keene, New Hampshire. He served on the Board of Trustees for the New Hampshire Dental Society, as well as the board’s Council of Ethics. His practice was named the Best Dental Practice in Keene three years in a row — 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, after 13 years of private practice, Dr. Don sold his practice and moved back to Georgia to be closer to family.
When he’s not working, you can often find Dr. Don pursuing his artistic passions, be it charcoal sketching or playing the guitar. He is an avid guitarist – having taught himself how to play at the age of 14. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he enjoys spending time outdoors – golfing, boating and fishing – and is looking forward to spending time on the lake.
Says Dr. Don: “It’s great to be back with a group of dental professionals focused on delivering quality care. Everyone at Lake Oconee Dentistry is really good at what they do, and I share a similar philosophy when it comes to always putting the patient first.”
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Don to our team. Be sure to say hello and introduce yourself the next time you’re in the office.