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 (, 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

Protect Your Teeth, Protect Your Health

By Dr. Pinnix on May 05, 2015

Couple with strong, healthy smilesPeople who are concerned about maintaining overall good physical health, and specifically heart health, are often conscientious about making healthy choices when it comes to diet and exercise. But what many patients may not know is that protecting the teeth and gums is also important to the preservation of good hearth health. There have been numerous studies that show a definitive connection between oral health and heart health. From general dentistry services to prevent oral health problems to restorative dentistry services to repair tooth decay or other oral damage, professional dental care is of vital importance when caring for the mouth, heart, and body. We provide a range of dental care that can protect heart health for our Charlotte patients.

The Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health

There is still much to be learned about the link between oral health and heart health. However, what has been proven, without a doubt, is that oral health and heart health are connected. Patients who have poor oral health are more likely to suffer from heart disease or a heart attack, just as a patient with heart disease is more likely to have oral health problems. Gum disease in particular has been shown to directly impact both oral health and heart health. Although there are multiple theories to why this is so, most agree that either the tendency for swelling in gum disease patients or the high number of bacteria that is present in the mouths of patients with gum disease can lead to an increased risk of blood clots or other heart problems.

Beneficial Dental Treatments

One of the benefits of finding the link between oral health and heart health is that we can now offer patients ways to care for their heart through the care of oral health. In addition to the practice of good oral hygiene habits at home, the following dental treatments can be especially beneficial in preserving heart health:

  • Dental exams and cleanings: Dental exams and cleanings are a necessary part of any good oral hygiene routine. Dental exams allow our dentists to diagnose any oral health problems so that they can be treated before they progress further. A dental cleaning eliminates the teeth and gums of harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar in order to preserve oral health and prevent dental complications.
  • Restorative treatments: Restorative dental treatments such as dental fillings and dental crowns get rid of damaged tooth material that harbors bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and restores the strength and function of the teeth, which is immensely beneficial to oral health.
  • Root planing and scaling: Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning that targets gum disease. It cleans the teeth down to its roots to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar that is trapped beneath the gum line. As one of the leading treatments of gum disease, this procedure is especially beneficial to heart health.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in preserving the health and beauty of your smile, as well as protecting the health of your heart, professional dental is extremely important. For trusted and caring dental care, schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeneyat your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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