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Posts for: December, 2015

December 18, 2015
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Would the athlete in your family like a customized mouth guard?   We can now custom make mouth guards, specially fitted to the athlete’s mouth and have it personalized with his/her name, school logo, school colors and jersey number on it or something they create themselves for martial arts.  It’s easy!  Kids love them and if they think they are cool they are more likely to wear them and avoid dental injuries.

Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of oral and facial athletic injuries and related diseases. Included in this prevention are mouth guards. The best mouth guard is custom designed and made by a dental professional with the athlete’s individual needs taken into account.

The ADA councils and promotes the importance of safety in maintaining oral health and the use of a properly fitted mouth guard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. The ADA  and PearlFection are committed to oral health promotion and injury prevention for sports participants.

Custom mouth guards are made from precise models of an individual’s teeth. These appliances are made from materials that ensure a proper fit, are easy to keep clean, and do not restrict breathing. 

The Stats:

  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. –American Dental Association
  • It is estimated that mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. –Academy of General Dentistry
  • Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year! – U.S. Centers for Disease Control
  • Victims of knocked out teeth may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000-$20,000 per tooth. – National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

Pearlfection now has the ability to create these customs mouth guards! It is easy to design your own Custom Sports Mouth guard. All you have to do is just pick your favorite color, and personalize is by adding text and images to make it your own, we’ll do the rest.

 


December 17, 2015
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PearlFection is growing and with that growth comes new employees.  We are excited to be able to work with such fantastic team members.  Welcome to our team!

Dr Brian Chang (board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon) is a native to the Washington Metropolitan area, growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He then earned his undergraduate degree at University of Virginia in Biology and Economics.

Dr. Chang earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania through the Health Professional Scholarship Program from the U.S. Army.  He decided to pursue additional training and completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center.  He spent the following four years as the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Fort Polk, Louisiana, treating our soldiers and other service members. Dr. Chang then decided to come back to this region and in addition to working at PearlFection, opened and currently owns and operates a private oral surgery practice in Leesburg, VA with his partner Dr Frank Strickland.

 

Melissa is a dental industry veteran with 16 years of experience. She began her career as a dental assistant and has earned her QDA, RDT, and CDA. After assisting for general, cosmetic, and specialist offices; she was given the opportunity to teach for Kaplan University, where her passion for the Dental Assisting Profession grew with each student she met. Melissa went on to Direct Kaplan University’s Dental Assistant Program for four years. During this time she completed her Bachelors in Business Administration. She credits this experience with giving her the imperative understanding of adult learners needs. She took this with her to Fortis Institute-Towson (formerly Medix School) where she was the Dental Assistant Program Chair, for two years before accepting a position with Benco Dental.  Melissa is most happy when advocating for people and uses this passion daily, while working on behalf of our patients as Insurance Coordinator for Pearlfection Dentistry.  With Pearlfection she is able to bring all of her experience to the Dental Office; continuing her mission, to help and serve the dental patient, through education and facilitating better processes. Outside of work she enjoys: spending time roughhousing with her son, shopping with her daughter, eating spicy food, hot weather and French bulldogs.

 

Kim is our Scheduling Coordinator. She has worked in the medical field for the last 6 years, working with geriatric and critical care patients. She is a Boonsboro High School graduate and received certifications from Hagerstown Community College. Kim loves working with people and offering a helping hand when needed. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, and playing sports. Kim resides in Keedysville, MD with her boyfriend, son and three dogs.

Michelle is a dental assistant with her oral radiography certification. She has a passion for applying the latest advancement in dental care and helping people love there smile. Michelle enjoys being outdoors and loves the summer time as well as spending time with her family, friends and most importantly her son Logan.


December 16, 2015
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Moms and Dads are you considering braces for your kids?  Do you think you need to go to an orthodontist?  What if we told you that studies indicate that Invisialign might be faster, less expensive, and enable patients to better care for their teeth because they can remove the devices and thus allow for better oral hygiene and brushing.  Dr Stringer is a certified Invisalign provider .  She has taken advance training in invisible braces and encourages all patients to explore removable braces for children, teens and adults before having fixed braces attached. 

The primary benefit is that better hygiene can be performed because the devices can be removed, allowing for thorough cleaning.  The technology of Invisalign and the incredibly accurate process of moving teeth with the invisalign aligners actually results in  faster movement of teeth  and thus shorter time under treatment.  All these benefits and nobody even knows your wearing braces.


There is no bigger complement that can be paid to a professional provider of services, like dentistry, than for a patient to refer friends or family members to their practice.  Over the past year we had close to 200 new patients referred to our practice directly from you, our existing patients.  THANK YOU!!!. 

We wanted to do something more than a simple thank you going forward.   So we would like to provide a small gift as a token of our gratitude.  We are sending anyone who refers a patient to our practice an insulated coffee mug and a $100 gift certificate.  The $100 ($50 for general dentistry) can be used for cosmetic dental work in our office.  Thank you for the referrals, it really means a lot to us and we appreciate it.


For our patients and our practice, is Improving Communications with Email Invoicing

Some of our patients asked if we could find a way better way to communicate with them for things like reminders, invoices, patient file transfers, and basic communication.  We had already tackled the reminders, patient file transfer and basic communication by integrating software with our practice management system and email.  That  move allowed us to send electronic reminders via email and text.  We also installed an email system that allowed us to safely send patients communications and files.  The next step was to implement a system where we could start sending invoices via email. 

We are happy to say that this is now operational.  Starting immediately we will stop sending invoices thorough the mail and start sending them through email, assuming our patients don’t specifically request not to receive invoices via email and assuming the patients have an active email account.  If you still want a traditional mail invoice, we can still accommodate that, but speed, safety, and costs are enhanced on both the practice side and the patient side by using electronic invoices and on-line bill pay though your bank.  The result is no more stamps, no risk of mail being tampered with, and confirmation that correspondence got received.  All that benefit and no trees are cut down in the process, so it’s good for the environment.    If you have any questions or want to ensure we have an accurate email address, please call our office.