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

The Importance of Excellent Dental Care during Pregnancy

By Dr. Pinnix on July 03, 2015

A pregnant woman, her arms embracing her belly, her smile reflecting her excellent dental careWhen a woman becomes pregnant, virtually every aspect of her health is affected. While many women do not realize this until they go through pregnancy, this includes their oral health. At the general dentistry practice of John M. Pinnix, DMD, and George A. Betancourt, DMD, we are pleased to offer exceptional dental care to expectant mothers, in addition to the education they need to understand the changes that are occurring in their mouths during their pregnancies.

By supplying our expecting patients with the information they need regarding dental care and pregnancy during consultations at our Charleston office, we are able to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums during a time when they are vulnerable to gum disease and other serious oral problems. It is our hope to establish partnerships in good dental health with these patients that will last beyond their pregnancies and lead them to bring their children into the practice when the time comes.

If you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant, our friendly and experienced dental team would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at your earliest convenience, as well.

What happens to your mouth during pregnancy?

In a word: hormones. The same hormonal changes that affect every other part of the body during pregnancy also affect the mouth, making it more susceptible to infection and disease. Pregnant women are more likely to develop a variety of oral health issues, including:

  • Enamel erosion: This is especially common among women who experience morning sickness and other pregnancy-related nausea. The enamel that protects the teeth can become eroded by vomit and acid reflux.
  • Granulomas: Although these growths that form on the gums are more annoying than harmful, they are extremely common during pregnancy - so much so that they are widely known as “pregnancy tumors.”
  • Dry mouth syndrome: Many women experience decreased saliva production during pregnancy, leading to dry mouth syndrome. This can lead to bad breath and, more problematically, gum disease.
  • Gum disease: This is the most common and potentially dangerous of all oral health problems associated with pregnancy. In its latter stages, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, gum recession, and even loss of jaw bone density.

How to Avoid Dental Problems during Pregnancy

Fortunately, most of the above oral health problems can be avoided or at least minimized if you take the proper precautions. For example, you should:

  • Eat healthy, avoiding sugary and acidic foods, including sodas, salad dressings, berries, vinegar, tomatoes and tomato sauces, and citrus fruits.
  • Using a soft-bristled tooth brush with gentle force, brush at least twice a day and after every meal.
  • Floss twice a day and use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
  • Stay properly hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Visit our general practice early in your pregnancy and as often as recommended by Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt.

Learn More about Dental Care and Pregnancy

To learn more about dental care and pregnancy, or to schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed dentists, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today.

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