Our wonderful staff at Trade Winds Dental

Trade Winds Dental in Georgetown, TX has the best staff a dentist office could ask for! Our dental team works hard to provide you with the comfortable, honest, and complete dental care that you deserve. Today we wanted to highlight a couple of our staff members, along with Dr. Hennington for you all.

We love our dental team, and we hope you all do too. Visit our YouTube Channel to see more great videos from our staff! We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

The trouble with bottled water

Our team at Trade Winds Dental know that as more families turn to bottled water and away from the traditional tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient that most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride!

For more than 60 years, water fluoridation has proved to be a safe and cost-effective way to reduce dental caries. Today, water fluoridation is estimated to reduce tooth decay by 20- to 40 percent in children who have access to fluoridated toothpaste.

Bottled water, however, which remains one of the more popular drinks in the world, may not contain any fluoride, which is known to help prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride, according to our friends at the American Dental Association, or ADA. Many dental health specialists suspect bottled water’s increased popularity as the culprit behind rising rates of cavities.

Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. So if bottled water is your water of choice, be sure to check the label to make sure that your brand contains fluoride. As of a 2006 decision, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, allows bottled water containing .6 to 1.0 milligrams per liter (parts per million) of fluoride to carry a label stating that fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities or tooth decay. The ADA has backed this decision.

Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake and visiting Dr. David R. Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental regularly.

From Dr. Hennington: Are we asking the right questions?

Dr. David Hennington and his team are always available to answer your questions about your teeth and oral health. We strive to provide our patients with quality care and a warm, family-friendly environment.

We also recognize that the most important questions are our responsibility to ask, including:

– How do you see us helping you?

– What can we do to make sure you get everything that you want from your dental care?

– How do you want your mouth to look, feel, function, etc. in 5,10,20,30, years?

– What is the most important thing you want us to concentrate on in the short term and long term?

The next time to you have an appointment with Dr. Hennington, please let us know or leave a comment for us on our Facebook wall!

2012 transitions at Trade Winds Dental

We are so happy to introduce Shermance Morris as our new dental hygienist at Trade Winds Dental. Shermance is an enthusiastic, positive, energetic person who loves spending time with her patients to help them achieve their best in oral health. She came to our practice looking forward to working in a close-knit team environment where she is able to get to know each of her patients on a personal level. We think that’s a great match for our Trade Winds Dental family!

Shermance is an excellent hygienist that is well-trained in the latest technologies and treatments that insure maximum comfort and health. She is involved in many dental hygiene organizations and counts continuing education as one of her top priorities to provide the very best care for her patients. She has a special interest and a strong background in preventive services that can greatly reduce the need for future treatment, as well as, contribute to more complete and total wellness. This is a second career for Shermance, whose background is in sales and management with over 10 years at Dell Computers.

Shermance is married with two fantastic sons, ages 10 and 8. Her family recently bought a new home here in Georgetown and she is excited to soon have extended family nearby when her parents move to the Sun City area as well. Shermance is active in her church, community, and Cub Scouts. In her “spare time” she even achieved the rank of First Degree Black Belt, along with her children, in the American Tae Kwon Do Association.

Shermance shared with us that goals, honor, integrity, and perseverance are her life-long aspirations. We are happy that she will share her time with us while pursuing her passions in each of these areas. I look forward to each one of you having the opportunity to get to know her better!

— David R. Hennington, DDS

We also wish the best for our dental hygienist Laura, as she embarks on her next adventure:


First of all, let me thank you for the time you have allowed me to be a part of your dental care team. I have enjoyed every day here. I thank you for the warm welcome, the great conversations, laughter and the opportunity to have shared in all of your great family and life stories. This has been a truly wonderful place to work and play.

Unfortunately, my family duties call and so it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I leave here. I know you will be well cared for because this team is truly platinum. I will miss all of you and promise to keep you updated on facebook.

With warm wishes,
Laura Anne Ruiz, RDH