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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.



5 Reasons to Get BOTOX From Your Dentist

December 30, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 1:42 pm

closeup of a person smiling

Few people think of visiting their cosmetic dentist when it comes to anti-aging solutions. However, many now have the training and authorization to enhance your facial appearance alongside your smile by offering BOTOX injections. This safe and effective treatment can reduce the signs of wrinkles and lines that make you appear older than you actually are. In as little as 20 minutes, you can enjoy a boost of confidence with this minimally invasive procedure. Read on for five additional reasons to choose your cosmetic dentist for BOTOX treatments.


Lake Oconee Dentistry Hosts Free Day of Dental Care For Veterans, Active Military and Hometown Heroes

October 21, 2019

Filed under: Giving Back,Our Practice,Promotion — Tags: — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:44 pm

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 Saturday, November 9th.

Drs. David and Patti Bradley, Dr. Shelly Pound, Dr. Andrea Feldman and Dr. Jamie Austin, 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 in order to help as many people as possible.

Lake Oconee Dentistry has hosted a free day of dentistry for veterans and active military for the last two years. This year, the practice is expanding the event to also include the hometown heroes – law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel — who work daily to keep our local communities safe.

Dental Care for Veterans Lacking

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.

Event will Feature Helpful Community Resources

Stars, Stripes & Smiles also seeks to connect veterans and law enforcement personnel with helpful community resources. This year, the Rotary Club of Greene and Putnam County will be on hand with information on its Pets Love Vets program.  The program seeks to heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a rescue dog from the Oconee Regional Humane Society specifically selected to match the veteran’s personality. The Pets Love Vets program covers the cost of the dog’s adoption, initial veterinarian visit and training. Any veteran in the area who could benefit from having a companion animal and is able to care for an animal is eligible.

Additionally, Lake Oconee Dentistry will have signed copies of Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress available that day. The book is written by lake area resident Bob Delaney, owner of Delaney Consultants, a former state trooper and undercover operative who experienced PTSD himself. The book seeks to help people understand and identify the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the impact it has on the individual and the ripple effect to family and friends.

“This event is really a great example of a business going above and beyond to support our nation’s heroes,” says Delaney. “We live in the land of the free because of the brave. Hats off to Lake Oconee Dentistry for reaching out to these brave men and women, while also seeking to connect them with other helpful community resources.”

“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.”

If you are a veteran or hometown hero and are interested in receiving free dental treatment on November 9th, please call the office at 706-453-1333 for an appointment time. 

Red Cross Blood Drive a Success

September 11, 2019

Filed under: Giving Back,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 12:32 pm

Lake Oconee Dentistry team member Lea Justice was among the 30 donors who participated in the recent blood drive hosted by Lake Oconee Dentistry and the American Red Cross.

Lake Oconee Dentistry hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, August 29th. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile was parked in the practice’s parking lot and offered appointments throughout the day. A total of 30 donors participated.  According to American Red Cross representative Christina Bailey, 26 units of blood were collected.

“Each unit will impact up to three lives,” said Bailey. “That means 78 lives will be saved and changed as a result of this considerable community effort.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer donors. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Consequently, blood products must be constantly replenished. During the summer, especially around holidays like Labor Day, donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs. Lake Oconee Dentistry hosts a blood drive every August to help the Red Cross meet this need.

“Hosting a blood drive ties in with Lake Oconee Dentistry’s core value of giving back to the community,” says Dr. David Bradley. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”

Adds Bailey: “The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. There’s no better feeling than knowing your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life. The Red Cross is grateful for all the people who came out to donate.”

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitRedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass®to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


How to Find the Right Cosmetic Dentist for Your Needs

August 10, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 5:30 pm

A dentist pointing at a female patient’s smile.Choosing a dentist that can accommodate your family’s oral care needs is already difficult, but how do you start a search for a cosmetic dentist specifically? The fact of the matter is there are no distinct qualifications for what makes a dentist able to provide cosmetic services. Thankfully, there are a few ways to determine that you’ve found the right cosmetic dentist. Whether you’ve just begun your search of you’re right in the middle of it, keeping these factors in mind can make all the difference.


Dental Assisting School Open for Enrollment in Greensboro, GA

July 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:42 pm

Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee is currently enrolling students for a new 12-week session, which begins August 17, 2019. Assist to Succeed offers hands-on training for those looking to become a successful dental assistant.

Demand for Dental Assistants is on the Rise

Assist to Succeed Dental Assisting School LogoAccording 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. Oftentimes, however, it can be difficult to break into dental assisting because the available programs are too expensive and take too long.

“Assist to Succeed is a 12-week program that is held on Saturdays,” says Dr. David Bradley, co-owner of Lake Oconee Dentistry and Assist to Succeed Lake Oconee. “That makes the training more convenient, efficient and economical for people looking to start a new career.”

Assist to Succeed 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,” 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.”

Now Open for Enrollment

The program is only accepting 12 students into this next session, as it is important to us that each student receives the individualized attention needed for success. Tuition includes books and supplies. If you are interested in registering for this session, please call 706-347-2635 no later than Friday, July 27th in order to reserve your spot and discuss the next steps.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

July 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 6:58 pm

tooth and emergency bag

The word “emergency” is one of the scariest in the English language. It usually means something has gone horribly wrong. A dental emergency is typically not as terrifying as one in other parts of your body. However, because it’s still an emergency, it needs urgent attention. Let’s talk about what you need to do in several common dental emergencies.


Lake Oconee Dentistry Celebrates Our Hometown Heroes!

June 5, 2019

Filed under: Giving Back,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:30 pm

Lake Oconee Dentistry is celebrating the upcoming July 4th holiday by taking a moment to thank the Hometown Heroes who work hard to protect our community each and every day.  The practice is offering active military, law enforcement, firefighters, DNR and EMS personnel the opportunity to receive a dental cleaning, exam and any necessary x-rays for just $17.76 when they schedule an appointment during the week of July 1, 2019.

“There are so many who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe,” says Dr. David Bradley, co-owner of Lake Oconee Dentistry. “Their daily efforts are instrumental to the freedom and independence each of us enjoy. July 4th is a perfect opportunity to recognize the contributions of these brave men and women.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised through this special promotion will be donated to The Gary Sinise Foundation, which was established under the philanthropic direction of actor Gary Sinise, perhaps best known for his role as “Lieutenant Dan” in Forrest Gump. Founded in 2004, the Gary Sinise Foundation serves our country’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

If you are a Hometown Hero and are interested in receiving treatment, please call the office at 706-453-1333 to schedule a convenient appointment time.

3 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

May 28, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 10:26 pm

Dental implantIf you have a missing tooth and have been looking for a solution online, chances are you’ve found plenty of dentists and health sites recommending dental implants. It’s easy to see why: a durable, long-lasting, natural-looking replacement that lets you eat and talk like normal, and with none of the slipping of traditional dentures sounds great! But don’t rush to schedule an appointment just yet; for some patients, there may be complications that need to be considered first. Here are 3 things to think about before deciding if dental implants are right for you.


Avoid These 3 Teeth Whitening Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Smile

April 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakeoconeeteam @ 5:19 pm

a young man smiling in the dentist chairIf you’ve ever found yourself walking through the aisles of your local drug store trying to pick out which teeth whitening kit works best, you know it’s not the best use of your time or money. In most cases, over-the-counter kits don’t produce the results you want, which means your hard-earned money was put toward an ineffective product. In addition, your wallet may not be the only thing affected, but your smile may be, too! Here are 3 teeth whitening mistakes you should avoid if you don’t want to ruin your smile.


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