Your care and safety, and the safety of our team, is our top priority. We are currently seeing dental emergencies only. In doing this, we will lessen the strain on our local hospital emergency departments during this time. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call at 706-453-1333
(706) 453-1333
1011 Parkside Main, Greensboro, GA 30642 Between the Publix Parking Lot and the Movie Theater

Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

February 27, 2020

Filed under: Dental Posts,Your Health — lakeoconeeteam @ 8:45 pm

By Dr. Shelly Pound, Lake Oconee Dentistry

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.

Brush Up on Hygiene
Children should brush and floss twice a day with a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit, and not swallow, toothpaste—usually not before he or she is 6 or 7.

When teaching a child to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, start along the gumline, and brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower. Repeat on all inside surfaces and chewing surfaces. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria. And don’t forget to floss — especially in areas where teeth are touching.

Reach for the Right Snacks
Candy, fruit snacks, soda and cookies won’t do your child any favors when it comes to preventing cavities. But there are also plenty of “healthy” snacks that can be just as problematic.  Dried fruit (like raisins), chips, crackers (like Goldfish), pretzels and dried cereals are all high in starches and sugars, which stick to teeth and can cause decay. Opt for cheese, fruits and vegetables instead.

Skip the Sugary Drinks
Sugars in drinks such as juice, sports drinks and milk, mix with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack tooth enamel for up to 20 minutes after the drink is consumed. Unlike aluminum cans, re-sealable bottles allow your child to sip on these drinks throughout the day, resulting in a high acid level in the mouth and a steady stream of sugar for bacteria to feast on.  It’s a recipe for long-term decay along the gum line and between teeth – areas frequently missed when brushing.

Limit these drinks to mealtimes, rather than allowing your child to sip on them for hours. When finished, have your child chew sugarless gum with xylitol, or rinse with plain water, to help neutralize acid levels and keep bacteria in check.

Don’t Discount Baby Teeth
A child’s primary teeth (often called “baby teeth”) are vital to proper jaw development. If your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Your child may require a space maintainer to hold the natural tooth space open. Without a space maintainer, existing teeth can tilt toward the empty space, and permanent teeth can come in crooked or become impacted.

 

 

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

December 10, 2018

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 5:29 pm

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. 

A String Theory You Don’t Have to Debate

September 21, 2016

Filed under: Dental Posts,Your Appearance,Your Comfort,Your Health — lakeoconeeteam @ 1:21 pm

flossingEating vegetables keeps you healthy. Water keeps you hydrated. Sun protection keeps you from getting burned. There are some things in life we just don’t have to debate. You don’t need a study, or the results of a survey, to know it’s in your benefit to be healthy, hydrated, and comfortable.

We accept certain truths about our teeth, as well. For years, dentists have known flossing daily is good for oral health. But a few months ago, that time-honored advice was brought into question. (more…)

Dr. David Bradley Inducted into the International College of Dentists

November 19, 2015

Filed under: Awards,Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 5:47 pm
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.

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Lake Oconee Dentistry Hosts Free Day of Dental Care

October 19, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts,Giving Back,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:54 pm

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.

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Your Regularly Scheduled Visits Are About More Than Clean Teeth

August 19, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 10:45 pm

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…)

Feeling Crowded? Here’s a Simple Fix

August 12, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts,Promotion,Your Appearance — lakeoconeeteam @ 1:26 pm

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!

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Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies

August 5, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 8:37 pm

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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