History of Dentistry by Design’s Volunteer Days

Dentistry by Design’s “Volunteer Days” began back in 2014 as a way to utilize the skills of our team members to give back to those in our community. We strive to have three volunteer days per year at each of our locations; Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma.  On each of these days our team members, who previously agreed to volunteer a half day, come in on their day off to see patients for dental cleanings and various procedures. What makes this day different from any regular clinic day is that not only is our team volunteering their time, but they donate two-thirds of the funds they receive to the community.

“When the team donates their time, it eliminates our greatest expense. We then take two-thirds of that half day’s production and donate it back to the community. We retain a third to cover expenses like lab fees and supplies that pertain to that specific day, but nothing more. With donated time and expertise and only having to cover costs we incur from outside sources we are able to make a more impactful donation.” states DBD Controller, Teri Hooker.

Sturgeon Bay Dentists, Sister Bay Dentists and Algoma Dentists Give Back to Their CommunityOur volunteer days were established as a result of an unsuccessful attempt to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Dr. Paul Feit states, “Originally we wanted to get a crew of DBD team members together to help build a house for a family in need, but due to conflicting schedules and weather challenges our team was unable to help build in 2014. We all felt strongly about giving back so we decided that the best way to do so was to utilize our professional talents. We presented the idea and our amazing team jumped on-board right away. It is a great way to help organizations like Habitat and individuals in our area in need in a way that fits into our busy schedules.”

Our volunteer days are a collaboration between our team members and patients. Since the inception of the program in 2014 we have been able to donate more than $52,000 to various organizations and individuals and families in need in the Door County and Kewaunee County communities. The donation recipients from each volunteer day are collectively agreed upon by our DBD team members.

Some of the organizations that have received funds from our volunteer days, since 2014 include Backpack Buddies, Bark for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin, Boys and Girls Club of Door County, Door County 4K & 5K Teachers, Door County High School Senior Banquets, Door County Veteran’s Council, Friends of Crescent Beach, Go Bo Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, HELP of Door County, Loaves & Fishes, Neighbor to Neighbor, Northern Door Children’s Center, Open Door Bird SanctuaryRonald McDonald House CharitiesRoots Revival, Special Olympics, Sturgeon Bay Kiwanis ClubThe Ridges Sanctuary, and United Way of Door County.

Numerous individuals and families who have fallen on hard times and/or facing major health challenges have also received donations, however out of respect for their privacy we do not list them.

The success of our volunteer days wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful team members who give freely of their time and talents as well as our amazing patients who schedule their treatment on these days, it is a collective effort by all that benefits our friends and neighbors!

Time is Running Out to Maximize Your Benefits!

Maximize your dental benefits at any of our Dentistry By Design Dental Clinics in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and AlgomaIt’s hard to believe that it’s fall already and another year is only months away from coming to a close. As we all know this time of year has many demands on our time. Before obligations start filling up your calendar make sure to schedule your dental appointments to maximize your 2017 dental benefits.

In most cases on December 31st, at the stroke of midnight, unused benefits just disappear and cannot be carried over into the next calendar year.  You work hard for these benefits so why not get the most out of them.

Waiting until the last month or two of the year to schedule your appointment puts you at risk of not being able to be seen and/or having all treatment completed on time, which is why we suggest setting up your appointment earlier rather than later.

If you have remaining benefits and would like to schedule an appointment to use them, our team is here to help you. Give us a call today!

What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums during Cleaning?

Have you ever wondered why our hygienists poke at your gums during your cleaning? What they are doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it early. Dental probing is a pretty interesting exercise in dentistry.  It can save you from surgery and extractions, and here’s why.Dental probes used by our Sturgeon Bay Dentists, Sister Bay Dentists and Algoma Dentists of Dentistry By Design

Dental Probing Catches Problems Early

One reason to visit the dentist regularly is to identify problems in your mouth that you are completely oblivious to. Subtle changes in the health of our gum tissue can be missed by the naked eye, and some people – even those who visit a dentist regularly – can be prone to an excess buildup of plaque and tartar that can result in gingivitis and periodontal disease. Thankfully, our dental team can catch these changes early through the use of X-rays and the practice of dental probing.

The reason for probing is straightforward. As periodontal disease progresses, the visible markers of the disease (plaque and tartar) migrate down along the side of the tooth into the natural “pocket” between the ridge of the gumline. This inflames the gum tissue and widens this naturally slim gap between the tooth and gum. As this gap becomes wider, even more bacteria are allowed access to the sensitive tissue fibers along the root’s outer surface, causing more damage. This process may result in bone loss, and eventually the need to extract teeth. This is why probing is so important.

How Does Dental Probing Work?

“Probing” is quite simple and is accomplished by using a dental “probe” to measure the depth of a tooth’s pocket. The probe acts like a ruler, and has markings along its side measured out in millimeters. To measure the depth of your tooth’s pocket, our hygienist gently places the probe into this pocket and makes note of the depth. Six measurements are taken per tooth, three along the outside, and three along the inside of each tooth. A depth of three millimeters or under without any bleeding is generally accepted as healthy. Above that number, your dentist may suggest more thorough cleanings, including scaling and root planing, or something even more comprehensive if the number is above a five.

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So, as you can see, maintaining pocket health is critical, and proper brushing and flossing can help clear away plaque and prevent the tartar buildup that expands a pocket. Regular visits to our office plays a critical role in ensuring you’re staying ahead of gum disease – particularly if you have been identified as having periodontitis and recommended for more frequent, thorough cleanings. With a good routine and frequent visits to the dentist the only numbers you’ll be hearing moving forward should be 1, 2 and 3! Keep up the good work.

*Article provided by Revenue Well.

 

The Link Between Dental and Heart Health

How does the health of your mouth affect the health of the rest of your body? Studies show a possible link between chronic inflammation in your mouth and heart disease, heart attack, and other diseases like stroke, diabetes, and cancer.  Inflammation occurs whenever gum disease is present and studies show that up to 75% of adults are affected. There are usually no symptoms, which is why so many people do not know that inflammation is silently damaging their health.

The mouth is home to millions of bacteria trying to invade the gum tissues all the time. When these bugs manage to penetrate the gum tissue, the immune system goes on the attack and this is when inflammation occurs. If the problems aren’t corrected, the immune system can never shut off. This creates a condition where low grade, chronic inflammation is always present, which is believed to cause damage throughout the body and increases the risk for disease.

To be healthy you must minimize inflammation and here is how to do that:

– Remove the bugs. Minimizing the number of bacteria in your mouth through proper oral hygiene procedures is critical.

– Don’t feed the bugs. The more bad stuff you eat (sugar, soda, candy, junk food, etc), the more the bacteria multiply.

– Eliminate the places where the bugs can hide. Defective fillings or crowns, decay, or cracks in the teeth provide hiding places where the bad bugs live undisturbed and there is nothing you can do to get them out. This is how a damaged tooth left untreated could be damaging your heart.

– Have gum disease treated aggressively to remove bacteria and tartar from under the gums and eliminate gum pockets.

– Live a healthy lifestyle. Poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, smoking, and chewing tobacco can weaken your gum tissues and your immune system, making it easier for the bad bugs to invade.

We here at Dentistry by Design understand that gum disease and inflammation are serious health risks, and we stand committed not just to your dental health, but to your overall health as well.

Dr. Michael Pierquet our Sister Bay Dentist

Article by Dr. Michael Pierquet
(Dentist at Dentistry by Design Sister Bay)

What to Know When Comparing Dental Implant Treatment Plans

If you are looking into getting dental implants, whether it’s to stabilize a denture or replace a missing tooth, here is what you should know when comparing treatment plans from different practices. First, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. One practice may advertise only the cost of the implant, while the next advertises start to finish care. To help you better understand what you are comparing, we have a few questions that you should always ask:

  • Are you recommending mini or standard dental implants?
  • Does the quote only cover the placement of the implant in my jaw bone?
  • Does the quote cover start to finish service, which includes the abutment and crown placement?
  • Does the price include any additional procedures needed like bone grafting (placing bone), tooth extraction, x-ray or CT scan?
  • What type of additional training do you have in dental implant placement?

Dentistry by Design offers Dental Implants in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma and shares this graphic about tooth implantsThese are a few of the factors that impact the overall cost of a dental implant. Other important factors to consider are previous patient testimonials, overall confidence with dentist, staff, and facility, and also does the practice offer full-service care in-house.

The graphic below illustrates the national average costs for dental implants. To inquire about dental implant prices at Dentistry by Design, you can set up a free consultation or second opinion with one of our dental implant team members at a location that is convenient for you.

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