Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (admin@blakeneysmiles.com), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Do You Turn to Your Dentist When You Have Mouth Pain? By SEO Admin on February 11, 2013

Americans faced with oral pain are more likely to take pain medication than to speak with a dentist about the problem. This was found recently through a survey sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait and commissioned by Oral Health America for their third annual Fall for Smiles Campaign. In many cases, people avoid visiting the dentist because of a lack of money.


Unfortunately, dental care is often neglected by people in difficult financial situations. Many people forget about the dentist altogether as long as they aren't faced with severe pain or obviously dangerous dental problems. While area residents might not prioritize visiting a dentist, this can lead to serious problems over time. Tooth decay can cause social problems due to unattractive appearance, repel others due to bad breath and possibly lead to heart problems or stroke long-term.


Mouth pain could also be a sign of something else: Oral cancer. Although rare, the problem could develop during periods of dental neglect when a dentist would have easily spotted the problem. Whereas early detection through oral cancer screening could result in early, effective surgery or other treatment, a delay could result in more devastating effects on health. For some patients, this could mean the spread of oral cancer to other parts of the body and result in death.


By taking time to visit your dentist on a regular basis, patients can improve their chances of spotting the signs of oral cancer earlier and having a successful recovery if problems are found. Dental care becomes especially important when oral pain occurs. Maintaining an attractive appearance is a good reason to care for one's teeth, but timely checkups and regular oral cancer screenings can also have bigger benefits by increasing chances of living healthfully for longer.


Have you ever had dental pain? Leave us your comments below or feel free to call our South Charlotte dentist office with questions or concerns at 704-543-1102.


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