GENTLE DENTAL GIVES PATIENT A WHOLE NEW SMILE As part of a Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry Seminar and demonstration held in Portland in February, Gentle Dental Woodstock was able to provide a whole new smile to one of his patients! The patient had previously presented with a rare genetic disorder of tooth development called Amelogenesis Imperfecta. This condition causes teeth to be unusually small, discolored, pitted or grooved, and prone to rapid wear and breakage. The patient had severe posterior wear with an open anterior bite and underdeveloped enamel. We had previously restored the patient’s upper anterior teeth, with full coverage crowns, to add length due to wear from disorder, and significant spacing was restored which allowed for improved speech. Gentle Dental, through the case study, donated all lower treatment of full coverage crowns to restore the patient’s smile and functionality of his teeth. The patient stated “I will be forever grateful to Gentle Dental for giving me a smile I don’t have to hide.”
Thread 1/3 Today our nation and millions around the world are celebrating the life and legacy of one of our most respected leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who brought and continues to represent hope and healing. We have faced unparalleled challenges over the past year, but from this, amazing and selfless healthcare heroes have emerged - we have persevered and the rollout of the vaccine offers hope to our team members, families and loved ones that we will heal and unite in strength. Dr. King’s messages went beyond his dream of a color-blind society – he also dealt with issues of gender stereotypes, poverty, and privilege. This is the time to honor the values Dr. King exemplified and to remember his teachings of equality, respect, integrity, and service. These are values that are all the more important this year, during the current confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of racial injustice, and political uncertainty.
Thread 2/3 In the coming weeks, our company will continue to support valued charity partnerships through meaningful donations and work. We are proud of our team members who supported two virtual food drives over the holidays, where we provided thousands of meals to families in need. Our mission has always been centered on service to others and we will continue to look for ways to serve our patients and the communities in which they live. In our current times, when health disparities among communities of color are exacerbated by the pandemic, we believe that community service is even more important, and to demonstrate our commitment, we have offered our team members the opportunity to observe this day of service as a floating holiday.
Thread 3/3 As we observe Martin Luther King Day today, let us all reaffirm Dr. King's vision and keep his work alive, as we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion by building trusting relationships with our patients and colleagues and creating a healthier community for the diverse populations that we serve. Thank you for keeping our commitment to providing the best quality of dental care to all of our patients to improve their overall health. Together, let us commit to service and unity to strengthen our collective community. Sincerely, Rod and Matt Co-CEO
Please join us in thanking our patients and teams at InterDent, Gentle Dental, SmileKeepers, and Blue Oak Dental.
We are excited to announce our 5th Annual Holiday Food Drive. 2020 has been an especially challenging year for our teams, our patients and our communities. Each year, our annual holiday food drive pulls us together in common cause to help others in need and over the last 4 years we have collectively donated over 11,000 items of food. In light of COVID-19, and to keep everyone safe, we are planning this year as a virtual food drive. This will allow us to continue to help local families in need, while keeping our team and patients safe. All funds donated will go to Feeding America, which is the same organization that we had worked with in years past to find local Food Banks.
Gentle Dental is coming back and preparing to reopen our offices to serve our communities during these challenging times. In this new normal, Gentle Dental offers more stability and less uncertainty in a time when safety and security are more important than ever. Here are some details on how we are protecting our team members: - We have reinforced our material handling and multi-step sterilization policies. As always, we are disinfecting with hospital grade solution, and all items are heat sterilized, disinfected, or disposed of between each use. - We are re-emphasizing hand washing procedures in accordance with CDC recommendations. - We are publishing company-wide protocols for extra vigilant hygienic practices. - We are taking the temperature of all team members and patients before entering the premises. - All team members and patients wear masks while in the office. - Reception areas are arranged to meet social distancing requirements and patients can wait in their vehicle after check-in. - Wiping down common areas with an EPA registered disinfectant hourly.
Caring for the Environment in our Communities InterDent has a long history of community support. We not only want to care for the oral health of our communities, but for the environment’s health as well. We have started several programs to help reduce our electrical and water consumption as well as making sure that we are meeting or exceeding the compliance standards for our waste management. Here are some ideas you can implement to help cut your energy use and water consumption in your office: - Leave the compressor &amp; vacuum off until about 10 mins before your first patient and also turn them off during breaks and right after the last patient. - Check dental faucets for leaks and contact your facilities team if you have an older vaccum with no water recirculator. - Participate in the Precious Metal Refining Program that recycles metal fillings from previous patient treatments. We've partnered with Argen Refining to support this initiative.
Wellness Approach to Dentistry. A seminar with Dr. Timothy Donley. Gentle Dental University, in partnership with Phillips Sonicare, hosted Dr. Timothy Donley on June 1st for a seminar on “The New Wellness Approach to Dentistry - Time to Think Beyond the Mouth”. The seminar was held live in Portland, Oregon and streamed live via webinar to all regions. 21 doctors, hygienists and dental assistants attended the course live and more than 100 streamed the webinar . Dr. Donley spoke on how “dental care is no longer just about cavities, your smile or whether you floss or not. It’s about inflammation. Medical research is confirming that inflammation anywhere in the body is a significant factor behind many of the chronic diseases of aging (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease). It turns out that the mouth is a significant source of inflammation when gum disease is present as bacteria from the mouth can get into your bloodstream daily.”
Many thanks to our Vancouver Office Team for participating in the 2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis as part of our support and service to our communities.