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Dental Infection Prevention Mount Olive

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Dear Dental Patients in Mount Olive,

It was recently in the news that an Oklahoma oral surgeon exposed his patients to infectious diseases over the course of many years. This shocking and horrific news has prompted this office to generate a general public information bulletin to inform patients of some of the procedures and protocols that take place in this dental office to protect your health and safety during dental visits.

Mount Olive Dental Protocols and Procedures

  1. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s protocols for infection control and sterilization are followed in this office.
  2. Dr. Kimes, your dental hygienists, and dental assistants wear gloves, masks, and face shields or goggles.
  3. Dr. Kimes and staff wash hands and change gloves with every patient.
  4. Dental hand-pieces are cleaned, bagged, and sterilized prior to use on each patient.
  5. All dental instruments are scrubbed, cleaned with ultrasonic waves in a disinfecting solution, sterile bagged, and autoclaved according to guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and UNC – Chapel Hill’s Dental School.
  6. All Autoclaves are tested weekly through independent lab analysis conducted at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. A copy of every single test conducted by this office is available for your review, should you request it.
  7. All work surfaces are cleaned with hospital grade surface disinfectants. A digital timer is used to verify the recommended soaking time is achieved to obtain the full benefit of the disinfectant solution.
  8. Any disposable article that is used or opened during the course of your treatment is permanently discarded after your visit. No disposable items are ever used again after your visit.
  9. Dr. Kimes and staff are tested and vaccinated for the Hepatitis B virus. The annual flu vaccine is administered to every staff member prior to flu season.
  10. Each x-ray holder is individually bagged and sterilized.
  11. Our staff performs regularly scheduled audits and tests on our equipment and procedures throughout the year. A schedule of these audits and tests is available for your review upon your request.

Mount Olive Family Dentistry is committed to excellent, safe, and healthy dental care for you, your family, and your community. If any questions or concerns arise regarding your dental care, treatment, or services you have received, contact our office at (919) 658-9511.

Dental Treatment for Children

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One of the best things you can do to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy is to bring them into the dentist regularly! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a visit to the dentist when the first tooth erupts. Many people think it is better to wait until the child is older and able to cooperate with treatment.

However, studies have shown that bring a child in to the dentist before their first birthday will reduce the amount of time they spend over their lifetime with the dentist by 40%! Tooth decay is the most common childhood illness! It affects over 40% of all children.

Protecting baby teeth is important

Some people do not think it is important to maintain baby teeth because they will be replaced by permanent teeth. This is not true! Most children will not have all of their permanent teeth until they are twelve years old. Decayed baby teeth can cause pain, difficulty eating, abscesses, fever, time missed from school, and in extreme cases hospitalization from infection and death.

Teaching children proper habits of diet and brushing, and treating decay promptly are some of the best ways we have to keep our children healthy for a lifetime. The best thing we can do for a child’s dentition is to prevent problems from developing.

Preventing dental problems for children

To ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy and grow in properly. We recommend the following:

  • Discussing home care (brushing) habits.
  • Limiting your child’s exposure to sugar from juices and candy.
  • Applying fluoride varnish to the baby teeth helps strengthen enamel so it is less likely to decay.

If your child does develop decay, many times we can treat them here in our office with nitrous oxide gas. Nitrous oxide gas is very safe and helps relax children so they can tolerate treatment easily. The gas acts quickly and has no lingering sleepiness after the appointment. Children can go to school and other regular activities after treatment with nitrous oxide gas.

Call the Mount Olive dental office at (919) 658-9511 and get your child scheduled for a cleaning and exam. Help your child be on the way to dental health for a lifetime!

Trouble Reaching Your Dentist Or Dental Office?

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I recently read a statistic that 27% of all new patients calling to schedule their first appointment are calling when the practices are CLOSED! Weekends, holidays, early mornings – prior to opening and at night long after the dental offices were closed.

I have always felt that it is important to be available for patients, whether they have an emergency dental problem like a toothache or an accident, or if they just want to check on an insurance payment. For the last two years we have had our phones answered after hours.

What you can expect from our staff

I have seen ads for answering services that will take calls for dental offices, but I find it very important that patients speak with a staff member at Mount Olive Family Dentistry when dental emergencies or problems arise. Hiring answering services may work for some dental offices, but at Mount Olive Family Dentistry we want patients to know that they can reach us:

  • Day or night
  • 24 hours a day
  • 7 days a week
  • 365 days a year

The reason we don’t hire a dental answering service

The biggest problem that I see with dental answering services is the person answering the phone won’t know you and likely wouldn’t be able to help you. For this reason I have the office phone answered by one of my staff members. I simply forward the phones to a company cell phone that goes home with one of my staff members every night.

Being able to call and speak to a real live person that works with me every day allows patients to have the peace of mind knowing we are only a phone call away. If for any reason, you need to leave a message, rest assured one of my staff is just putting their kids to bed, but will get back to you right away.

So, go ahead and give us a call – we are here to help when you have a problem! – Dr. Kimes

Periodontal Health Facts : Your Questions Answered

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According to the AAP, of adults over the age of 35, 75% have a form of periodontal disease. What exactly is a periodontal disease? A bacterial gum infection that destroys the attachment fibers and the supporting bone that holds the teeth in the mouth. Dentists say that periodontal disease and dental cavities are the number 1 reason for tooth loss. The staff at Mount Olive Family Dentistry can identify potential problems and help patients incorporate a daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing that prevent chances of tooth decay, illnesses that may be linked to infections in the mouth, as well as tooth loss.

What the staff at Mount Olive Family Dentistry wants you to know about periodontal health:

Is the primary reason for toothbrushing to remove food debris?

No. Daily brushing and flossing will also keep the formation of plaque to a minimum. If plaque isn’t removed every 26 hours, it will irritate gums, which can lead to periodontal disease.

Are bleeding gums are normal?

No. Bleeding gums are one of the 8 signs of gum disease. You can compare your gum tissue to the skin on your hands. If you washed your hands and they bled every time you washed, you would know something is wrong.

Does oral health doesn’t affect overall health?

Yes. When your gums are infected, periodontal bacterial byproducts can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and set off other problems. Much research suggests this may contribute to the development of heard disease, could also increase the risk of stroke, and could pose a serious threat to people whose health is compromised by diabetes, respiratory diseases or osteoporosis.

Is bad breath is caused by a lack of oral hygiene?

No. Great oral hygiene doesn’t necessarily relieve bad breath. There are certain kinds of bacteria in the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds. If these sulfur compounds accumulate enough, the result can be clinical bad breath. When you brush your teeth and floss, go ahead and brush your tongue (where the sulfur resides) as well which will help eliminate bad breath.

Are cavities are the number one cause of tooth loss?

Together, periodontal disease and cavities are the primary cause of tooth loss.

For more information regarding Mount Olive Family Dentistry’s services,  or to schedule and appointment, call the Mount Olive dental office at (919) 658-9511.

Mount Olive Launches Updated Website

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Mount Olive Family Dentistry, a dental practice based in eastern North Carolina, are pleased to announced the launch of MountOliveSmiles.com, an updated website that is easy to navigate and a great resource for interested patients in Wayne, Duplin, and Sampson county.

The new website also has a blog section, and soon there will be links to connect with Mount Olive through social networking websites like Facebook.

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