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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
If you are currently pregnant, you have probably already discovered that pregnancy can affect your life and your health in ways you didn’t necessarily expect. If you are only now planning to become pregnant, you should know that your pregnancy will profoundly influence all aspects of your health, including your dental health. The experienced team at our general dentistry practice, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, can help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy, whether you are right now in the midst of your pregnancy or considering the possibility of starting a family.
When it comes to pregnancy and dental care, Charlotte dentists John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt are able to provide care of the most unsurpassed quality with a gentle, compassionate touch. They take the time to help their pregnant patients understand how pregnancy affects their oral health and how they can improve their at-home dental hygiene regimens to ensure the health of their teeth and gums between office visits.
Whether you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we encourage you to visit Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today.
As you probably know, pregnancy causes a variety of dramatic hormonal and other changes to occur, affecting the health of your entire body. Your mouth is not spared these effects. Your periodontal tissues can be particularly vulnerable during pregnancy, so you will want to take note of any visible changes to the color and texture of your gums.
In fact, gum disease is the most common oral health issue among pregnant women. If you notice that your gums are red or swollen, or that they bleed more easily than usual when you brush your teeth, you may be experiencing the symptoms of gum disease. Fortunately, in its earliest stages, gum disease is relatively easy to treat and doesn’t normally require invasive methods such as oral surgery. However, timely treatment is of the essence. If left untreated, gum disease can quickly progress, putting you at risk of tooth loss, gum and jawbone recession, and infection. There is also a link between gum disease and a heightened risk of heart disease, stroke, and - most relevant to your current state - birth complications.
Another periodontal condition that commonly occurs during pregnancy is the development of granulomas. A granuloma is benign but highly annoying and often painful growth on the gums that usually disappears once the pregnancy is over. While not serious, granulomas are certainly irritating.
More serious is enamel erosion. If you, like millions of pregnant women, are experiencing acid reflux and frequent vomiting, especially during the early stages of your pregnancy, you are potentially damaging the protective enamel of your teeth. Brushing immediately after vomiting can actually worsen the damage if done improperly. First rinsing with a gentle mouthwash is a more effective way of ridding the mouth of harmful acids.
During your initial consultation with one of our esteemed dentists, we can provide you with further strategies for preserving your oral health during your pregnancy.
For further information about pregnancy and dental care, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today.