Staff Spotlight: Alanna at Trade Winds Dental

We have an amazing staff at Trade Winds Dental. Today we wanted to spotlight our office administrator Alanna. Here are just a few of the things that make Alanna such a wonderful part of our staff:

• Warm
• Caring
• Friendly
• Extremely positive
• Great team player
• Always puts patients first
• Willing to go outside of normal job duties to serve patients or other team members

Our staff is always willing to help you out with your dental needs. Make sure to say hello to Alanna at your next visit. Thank you for all of your hard work Alanna!

The importance of mouth guards, from Dr. Hennington

With fall rapidly approaching, the team at Trade Winds Dental understands the importance of being outside. Schools will soon come to session, and we know there will also be an increase in outdoor activities and team sports. This week we would like to talk about mouth guards, what they are, when to use them, the works. If you have any additional questions, give us a call at Trade Winds Dental. We’d love to hear from you!

Q: What are athletic mouth protectors?

A: Athletic mouth protectors, or mouth guards, are made of soft plastic. They are adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of the upper teeth.

Q: Why are mouth guards important?

A: Mouth guards hold top priority as sports equipment. They protect not just the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They help protect children from such head and neck injuries as concussions and jaw fractures. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouth guards to prevent injury to their athletes. Research shows that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.

Q: When should my child wear a mouth guard?

A: Whenever he or she is in an activity with a risk of falls or of head contact with other players or equipment. This includes football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, even gymnastics. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous to the teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.

Q: How do I choose a mouth guard for my child?

A: Dr. Hennington does provide custom made mouth guards at a reasonable price, and we feel they are more effective than the “boil and bite” OTC models because of the custom fit. However, any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard. Choose a mouth guard that your child can wear comfortably. If a mouth guard feels bulky or interferes with speech, it will be left in the locker room.

Prioritize your oral health with dental checkups!

Someone recently asked Dr. Hennington, “Why are dental checkups so important?” With our patients’ hectic schedules and often tight budgets, we understand how it can sometimes be easy to overlook the significance of regular checkups. That’s why Dr. Hennington would like take this opportunity to remind everyone of the key benefits of dental checkups at Trade Winds Dental.

In times of economic uncertainty, high quality dental treatment has a high ROI. Dental problems often cannot be seen or felt until they are much more serious, painful and expensive.  Regular maintenance visits are the most cost effective way to maintain or improve your oral health. When you visit our office every six months, Dr. Hennington has the opportunity to catch potential problems early, saving you from potential future emergencies and unwanted expenses.

Is it time for your next dental checkup at Trade Winds Dental? During the summer months, our office has more appointment availability.  Please give us a call to schedule your next appointment at our new Georgetown dental office!

What puts you at ease at Trade Winds Dental?

Dr. David Hennington and our team understand that not everyone enjoys visiting the orthodontist. However, we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. Here are a few ways that we put our patients at ease at Trade Winds Dental:

• Early morning appointments are available.
• Our patients are welcome to use our wireless internet access throughout office.
• We offer coffee, tea, and water in our reception room.
• We coordinate all dental specialist referrals right from our office.
• The office has ergonomically designed dental chairs to maximize patient comfort.
• There is cable television in the treatment rooms.
• Our office uses digital x-rays for reduced radiation.
• Enviromentally friendly practices such as: The recycling of paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic. Digital-rays that eliminate toxic chemicals. Decreased use of disposable products. Use of non-toxic paint, cleaning and landscaping supplies. Recycling of mercury containing old silver filling material to prevent introduction into water supply.

What puts you at ease when you visit our office? Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page! We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.