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Local Dental Assisting School’s 2019 Session Now Open for Enrollment

December 10, 2018

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GREENSBORO, GA – According to the U.S. Department of Labor, dental assisting is one of the fastest-growing medical careers, with demand expected to grow steadily over the next several years. Because of this, a long-established dental office is now offering a new training opportunity for people looking to benefit from this industry boom.

Drs. David and Patti Bradley, owners of Lake Oconee Dentistry, are opening a training school for anyone interested in becoming a dental assistant. Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee is currently enrolling students for a new 12-week session, which begins February 2, 2019.

“Many people find it difficult to break into dental assisting because the available programs are too expensive and take too long,” says Dr. David Bradley. “Assist to Succeed is a 12-week program that is held on Saturdays, which makes the training more convenient, efficient and economical for people looking to start a new career.”

The Assist to Succeed curriculum gives students hands-on training to become a successful dental assistant. Students receive 80 hours of lecture and lab with a practicing dentist in a fully-operational dental office. Additionally, students will also be able to learn and observe procedures at specialty offices. Students will earn their Georgia radiology certification and CPR certification as part of the course.

The Saturday classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Oconee Dentistry office, located off Highway 44 in Greensboro, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater. The school is certified through the state of Georgia Non-Public Post Secondary Education Commission.

“Our graduates will be able to get a job in the field because they will have hands-on experience working with patients,” says Dr. Bradley. “Our ultimate goal is to get them hired, and we’re going to give them the tools they need to help make that happen.”

Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee will be holding an informational open house on Wednesday, January 9th at 6 p.m., at the Lake Oconee Dentistry office. Those interested in attending the open house should call 706-347-2635 to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Those who attend the open house may be eligible for $500 off tuition. Tuition includes books and supplies. 

Lake Oconee Dentistry Celebrates 18th Anniversary Serving Lake Area Residents

June 13, 2016

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happy anniversaryThis year marks the 18th anniversary of Lake Oconee Dentistry. Owned and operated by Drs. David and Patti Bradley, the practice provides standard preventive maintenance exams and cleanings, as well as a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental enhancements.

“It’s hard to believe that we have been practicing in this community for nearly two decades,” says Dr. Patti Bradley.  “The amazing people who live here have made the last 18 years so enjoyable for us.”


Dr. David Bradley Inducted into the International College of Dentists

November 19, 2015

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David Bradley
Dr. David Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) at the organization’s 86th Annual Convocation in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2015.The ICD awards its prestigious fellowships by invitation only to dentists who have made significant contributions to their profession in the areas of leadership, integrity, education and service, and who have undergone a thorough peer review process. Dr. Bradley’s fellowship in the ICD is a career achievement that spotlights his passion for service to the patients in his care, as well as his peers in the industry.


Over 100 People Receive Free Dental Care!

October 26, 2015

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Dr. David Bradley and dental assistant Sheena Woodman provide free care as part of Lake Oconee Dentistry's Dentistry from the Heart event held October 23rd.

Dr. David Bradley and dental assistant Sheena Woodman provide free care as part of Lake Oconee Dentistry’s Dentistry from the Heart event held October 23rd.

Lake Oconee Dentistry hosted its Dentistry from the Heart event last Friday, October 23rd, providing a free day of dental care to 102 area residents.  This is the fifth time Lake Oconee Dentistry has held this event.

Patients began lining up for treatment at 6:30 p.m. the day prior to the event. Drs. David and Patti Bradley were joined by their associates, Dr. Shelly Pound and Dr. Wendy Cardenas, as well as other Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and team members. Dr. David Miller and his team from Lake Oconee Oral Surgery Center, once again donated their time, as well. This was Dr. Miller’s fourth year participating in the event.


Meet Dr. Wendy Cardenas

October 19, 2015

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DrWendyVerticalDrs. David and Patti Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Cardenas as the newest member of their dental team.  Dr. Cardenas will be providing a full range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, including crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, professional whitening and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Cardenas to our practice,” says Dr. David Bradley.  “Her strong background in all areas of general dentistry allows us to continue to offer a high level of dental care, while also providing another set of skilled hands to help serve our patients.”


Lake Oconee Dentistry Hosts Free Day of Dental Care

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IMG_4860Lake Oconee Dentistry will host a free day of dental care in association with Dentistry from the Heart on Friday, October 23rd at its office located at 1011 Parkside Main, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater in Greensboro.

Drs. David and Patti Bradley will be joined by their associates Dr. Shelly Pound and Dr. Wendy Cardenas, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, to provide free extractions, fillings and cleanings for those in need.  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.


Your Regularly Scheduled Visits Are About More Than Clean Teeth

August 19, 2015

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why it’s so important to see us every six months? From oral health maintenance to serious disease prevention, there are a lot of reasons to keep your semi-annual visits on your calendar.

Open Wide And Say “Aahhh”

So what do we look for when we examine your pearly whites? During typical checkups we examine the overall health of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and checking up on the condition of existing dental work. X-rays may also be taken to ensure the health of the roots of your teeth, and to reveal things we cannot see. (more…)

What Does Dentistry’s Emblem Mean?

August 12, 2015

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How often have you taken a close look at dentistry’s emblem? Probably never, right?! Well, we love the things it represents.

The Symbol’s Basic Elements

The frame of the symbol may look like a triangle and circle intertwined, but those are actually the Greek letters “delta” and “omicron.” These letters stand for “dental,” and “odont” (or “tooth”).

In the middle of the symbol, you’ll notice a couple of fanned branches. There’s a total of 32 leaves, representing 32 permanent teeth. The branches also have 20 berries, representing 20 primary teeth.

The Difference Between Two Snakes And One

The main focus of dentistry’s official emblem is the staff of Asclepius, a serpent twined around a rod. This is often confused with the caduceus, a winged baton with two twined serpents. The caduceus, a common medical symbol, refers to the messenger god Mercury, since he was also patron god of alchemy, magic, and chemists.

However, the staff of Asclepius stands for something different.


Feeling Crowded? Here’s a Simple Fix

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We get a lot of questions from adults who are experiencing crowding and shifting in their smile as they grow older.

This is a very common problem and, the good news is, it’s a simple fix!


Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies

August 5, 2015

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INJURIES ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN when we least expect them. Picture yourself at an outdoor gathering, having fun, when suddenly a crying child runs up to you, knocked-out tooth in hand. Would you know what to do?

Dental First Aid Saves Teeth

Knocking out or fracturing a tooth is especially distressing—just thinking about it can make you uncomfortable! But knowing what to do within the first hour after dental damage occurs can save the tooth. Here’s your plan of action:

1. Carefully recover the tooth.

Pick up the tooth by the crown, do not touch the root. If necessary, gently rinse the tooth in water or milk, but do not scrub or brush the root.

2. Don’t let the tooth dry out.

If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with fingers or by gently biting on gauze. If you can’t reimplant the tooth, keep it in milk (not water) or inside the cheek until you can find help.

3. Seek professional dental care immediately.

You’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if you get to a dentist or emergency room within an hour.

Prevent Injuries Before They Happen

Accidents happen, but there are many steps you can take to prevent dental damage! These include:

  • wearing a mouthguard for sports
  • not chewing ice and other extremely hard foods
  • using scissors to open packages, not your teeth

Teeth are strong, but they can only last a lifetime if you do your part to keep them safe and healthy!

No Matter What Happens, We’re Here For You

Part of what makes dental injury so traumatic is the thought that the damage could be permanent. We’re here to assure you that even if a tooth cannot be saved, we have the knowledge and tools to restore your smile! Should a dental emergency ever occur, see us as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading! We treasure the trust you place in our team as your lifelong dental health partners. Remember to protect your teeth!

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