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

Are You Keeping Up With Your Oral Health Between Dental Appointments?

By SEO Admin on June 24, 2013

Dental appointments are necessary to fix oral health problems and maintain a healthy mouth, but the crux of oral health takes place in the home. Our dentists advocate a holistic approach to oral health, so we advocate a solid home care routine between visits to our dental office. According to our South Charlotte dentists, a daily home care routine and just two professional cleanings each year is enough to drastically cut your risk of gum disease.

Tooth Brushing
Brushing your teeth is the most common oral hygiene aid and it should be the foundation of every oral homecare routine. The efficiency of tooth brushing depends on the type of toothbrush used. Electric toothbrushes tend to remove food and plaque from teeth and gums better than manual toothbrushes. Manual tooth-brushing can be as effective as brushing your teeth with an electronic toothbrush, but most people fail to put in the proper amount of effort.

Mouthwash
Following tooth brushing, mouthwash is the second most common oral hygiene aid. Most dental offices find that commercial mouthwashes with alcohol as the active ingredient are purely cosmetic. However, specially formulated mouthwashes with active ingredients like peroxide are effective at removing harmful bacteria.

Flossing
Manual flossing is a proven inter-dental and subgingival cleaner, but so many people still fail to make flossing a daily habit. Less than 50% of Americans floss on a daily basis. Our dentists recommend using floss holders to make manual flossing an easier part of your oral home care routine.

Oral Irrigators
Oral irrigators, commonly known as waterpiks, are growing in popularity. Oral irrigators spray a small stream of water between the teeth and below the gum line to remove plaque, food particles and bacteria. Oral irrigators are growing in popularity because they are easier to use than floss and they have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. However, oral irrigation is no substitute for brushing or flossing and should be used in combination with these other oral hygiene aids. Additionally, oral irrigation is no substitute for annual or bi-annual dental appointments.

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