The Importance of Continuing Education at Trade Winds Dental

Regardless of your career, continuing education is always important. Learning new skills, techniques and abilities, can help you advance in your job and improve the quality of your work. In dentistry, this is no different, and we spend many hours each year in ongoing continuing education courses to improve and expand our services to give our patients an even better dental experience.

Dr. Hennington has been quite busy with CE in 2010. Below are a few highlights:

• Invisalign – advanced Invisalign training that will let us treat more complicated cases in our office instead of referring to orthodontist.

• Monthly CE with my local dental study club, which is a local chapter of world renowned Seattle Study Club. We discuss all facets of dental treatment in a group setting with general dentists and specialists. Dr. Hennington has been a member for almost 10 years and in that time has been lucky to receive continuing education from some of the most respected educators in dentistry.

• Recent team CE in Houston. This 3 day course focused on how we can better serve our patients from the first phone call to our office through the entire length of our relationship. We are constantly striving to find ways we can make the patient experience as comfortable, pleasant, and efficient as possible.

It is our goal to pass the value of continuing education courses like these to our patients, in the form of effective and long lasting dental health!

September is National Gum Care Month

Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can be difficult to recognize. Ma”ny people do not recognize the warning signs – bleeding and swollen gums – as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is underway to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we at Trade Winds Dental wanted to do our part to help spread the word!

Early recognition and action are the most important steps to health gums, and ultimately a health body too! Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as the heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. We can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.

"My Trip To the Dentist" – Marie's Story

Since I am 70 plus years of age I have been “visiting” the dentist for a long time. Now the word, “visit,” implies that you are willingly going to see someone for a pleasurable time together. Like, you visit a friend or you visit a country. But there e are some visits that are not too sociable. Mostly, doctors and dentists fit into that category. Why? Because there is an uncertainty about what you may hear or even more important, what this news may lead to.

Yet, I continue to use the term …” I am going for a ‘visit’ with the dentist, doctor.
Everywhere I have lived, I have had to choose someone to be my dentist first thing. I always know that I will need someone to be available to me and my husband because we need that assistance often. My mother’s advice, when I was young, was:

-Brush your teeth.
-Marry someone with better teeth than you have.

I did the first suggestion, but since I forgot to ask my intended husband before we were married, just how good his teeth were, we paired off and early found out there would be a third party in our marriage: The Dentist.

When we moved to Georgetown, I immediately asked someone for a recommendation for a doctor and dentist. I knew it would not be long before we needed one (and I stress the word “needed”). Dr. David Hennington was the first one mentioned. I called for an appointment and was greeted with a warm, friendly voice who was obviously so happy I had called. She made an appointment for me and I waited for the day I would meet the next dentist in my life.

So, this is my first and lasting and growing impression of Dr. Hennington, his staff, and his office:

OFFICE: One walks from Texas through the door into the tropics. The colors and décor make you feel you are on a breezy island in the pacific. There is coffee, tea and comfortable seating with magazines (some of my favorites). Then once you travel to the room where you will lie on the “beach,” there are pictures on the wall and the ceiling to remind you where you are. So, you will not be blinded by the sun, you are given sun glasses to use for your entire stay. On the way out, you are reminded of an opportunity to participate in a contest to win something special each month and a beautiful rose to take home. (Does everyone get that rose, or just me?) After everyone expresses their farewells and you return to the real world, you feel as if you’ve been on vacation.

DOCTOR: Although I have been “visiting” Dr. Hennington for a number of years, the first visit was just as warm and friendly and reassuring as the one I had yesterday. He waits for you to be relaxed in the recliner that has a beach scene on the ceiling above it; for you to have your sun glasses on; for you to have a short conversation with his assistant. Then he walks in and talks and takes his time getting to hear from you. His work is as good as his personality. I could tell very early that he is a perfectionist and artist when it comes to your mouth. And, even more important, if he feels a job belongs to a different kind of dentist, he sees that you are referred to the right person. But most of the time he diagnoses the problem and explains it thoroughly and offers a plan to correct it. My husband and I both have problems that need (what we think) immediate attention. We have never been denied access to Dr. Hennington. He is always available. He says as you leave his office, “If you have any problems, please call me.” Well, I took him up on that recently and he answered though he was out of town. He assured me and made a recommendation. Dr. Hennington often calls you the day after you have been there to check on your condition.

STAFF: What a team. No matter who is assisting Dr. Hennington, you realize you have the best person doing what must be done. They are very well trained and make you so comfortable, you sometimes think, “I wish I could stay in this chair a little longer.” I am often asked, “Are you comfortable? Did that hurt too much? Let me help you with that.” That is, in addition to “Turn your head” and “Open your mouth.” And, the ones in the office are so gracious. They always handle the accounts and appointments with ease and work to be very accommodating.

SUMMARY: Now you might think this “visit” is something I am truly excited about. You would be wrong. But, you would be right if you knew how much I don’t mind going to Trade Winds Dental. I know I will be taken care of in a very professional and personal way. Now that is truly the best recommendation.

-Marie D.

The Hennington's Involvement with the the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

Dr. Hennington and wife Xenia currently have 5 cats, recently fostering Big Boy (pictured) from family friends who recently moved to California. They had not found a home for him three days before they intended to move and were planning to drop him off at the animal shelter in hopes he would find a good home, but with the dire overcrowding of cats and kittens all the animal shelters in the area are being faced with, we realized there was little chance Big Boy would find a good home. So we decided to save him from certain death and are currently fostering him. We have grown quite fond of him as he is a very sweet and loving kitty. He loves food (thus the name), welcomed his collar, and plays with all the cat toys with gusto. He has also been getting along quite well with the other kitties we already have (whew!). If anyone is interested in adopting Big Boy, please get in touch with Dr. Hennington or Xenia about it.

Recently, we donated $1250.00 to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Georgetown. The shelter is overpopulated with cats and kittens from the spring season and has been experiencing severe overcrowding and a shortage of funds for litter, cat food, and medical attention. Their goal is to be a no-kill shelter, but the reality of the situation may force them to take necessary steps. At the time the donation was made, July 22, 2010, they had just inventoried over 340 kittens, not counting adult cats.

If you are an animal lover looking at adopting a new friend, be sure to visit the Animal Shelter’s web site!