This year I will celebrate 25 years of work in the dental profession. Over the years there have been many exciting developments. Dentistry has never been a job for me, it is a passion, and I still love it!
In 2016 my dental career changed again when our Invisalign representative suggested I include their training in my continuing education schedule. Since then I have been on a journey that has certainly changed what I can do to help my patients. I consider myself a lifelong learner “junkie.” Learning something new such as this opened my eyes to another world of dental technology and the possibilities for those who have entrusted their dental care to me.
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Technology is here to stay…
Many of you know that I have a passion for technology as it relates to dentistry. As you might expect it changes and evolves at a very fast rate.
The days of impression taking are over!
Many remember the days of impressions and all the “goo”. Well, today we have the iTero, which scans your teeth. The days of impression taking are over! Great News! It is fast and won’t gag you, how exciting is that! It is basically a video of your teeth we can send to the lab or to Invisalign
. With these scans we can help with get a crown from the lab, if needed. We can scan for Invisalign. These aligners have millions of dollars in technology in each tray. We are doing things now, that weren’t possible a few short years ago.
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Wellness renewal for spring
Springtime is thought of as a time of newness and renewal. The flowers are starting to bloom and green is the color on everyone’s mind. The days start to get longer and people are spending more time outside.
With these thoughts in mind, people generally think about getting in shape for summer and want to make healthier choices. Wellness is the driving factor. However, what many don’t realize is how much the hygiene of your mouth is linked to your overall health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.”
Gum disease is a chronic infection affecting the gums and the bones that supports the teeth. Bacteria and the body’s own immune system break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place.
This spring, with renewal on our minds think about your wellness.
Think about your health!
We challenge you to come in and talk with us about your oral wellness, and let us help transform your smile.
Do you know the recommended age for taking your little one to see a Dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child at age 1 to see the Dentist. There are dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry and only see children under age 18.
At Family Dentistry of Neosho, Dr. Reagan and Dr. Nine will take patients starting at any age. Think 1st tooth 1st visit. It’s easy to remember. During the early years we just love on the toddlers, and make coming to the dentist fun and exciting. It’s exciting for their siblings to show them around! When they get to around two and a half years they are usually begging to get their “teeth counted”.
February is national children’s dental health month. Make plans now to commit to helping your children enjoy the dentist, not to fear the dentist.
Here are some quick tips.
- Brush as a family
- Brush longer
- Look inside your child’s mouth often
- Bring them with you to the dentist
- Never let them see you sweat coming to the dentist. You might have a “dental” story but they can still have a great experience even if they are unsure of their surrounding.
- Usually by age 3 they have 20 teeth
We are asked frequently, “Will you take my insurance?” Sometimes we hear, “I would come to your office but you don’t take my insurance.”
My first thought, “Don’t get me started on insurance!”
When dental coverage plans first came on the scene roughly 50 years ago, your benefit was $1000.00 of coverage. If the insurance community had continued to keep up with inflation your benefit these days would be about $10,000.00.
Dental insurance was designed to help you “get caught up” when it came into existence in 1967, these days it helps you “stay caught up”.
Some plans are better than others. Some will cost you more in premiums than they pay out in benefits. In other words, sometimes just paying cash for your routine care has an advantage and is cheaper than paying for your dental plan.
We are happy to see anyone. We can help. It is no problem for us to file any type dental plan for you. Call us today or look us up on Facebook
Encompassing Wellness… Transforming Smiles… It’s what we do.
Dr. Jon Reagan and Dr. Anna Nine are proud to be listed on Healthgrades.com! Have you heard of Healthgrades? Healthgrades is a website that helps people find the right doctors for them in their area. You can search by condition treated, procedures performed, insurance accepted, and more!
If you are a patient of ours, we would love for you to fill out the patient satisfaction survey to leave your review of your experience with our doctors. Simply click the link below of your dentist. Please note that Healthgrades protects the doctors and legitimacy of their reviews by requiring you to confirm your review. You can do this by email or text. Thank you in advance!
Dr. Reagan had a fantastic trip to Belize this year! Read below for his blog about his experience on the 2016 medical mission.
This year, 2016, was our 8th year to return to Belize with The North Belize Medical Mission. Like all the previous years this one didn’t disappoint. We treated over 1,000 patients – we were very busy! We continued our sealant program bringing it to another village. We can tell we are on the right track. This year on our last day we did no extractions, only restorations. A few years ago extractions were the only game in town. If it hurt, they wanted it out!
The other big event was we met a local Dentist. So now we have a friend that can help with keeping an eye on those we see over the course of the week we are down there. Each year we grow more connected with our Belizean family. The relationships we have formed over the last 8 years have been life changing for my family.
As a dad, it was really a proud dad moment when you see one daughter helping the surgeon sew someone’s hand back up and hearing the other having a conversation in Spanish. That’s blessed!!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear, invisible option for braces. Many adults choose to not straighten their teeth because they are at a time in their life where they do not want to wear traditional metal braces.
However, Invisalign gives us the ability to straighten our teeth without anyone ever knowing! Invisalign treatment consists of a series of aligners that you switch out over time. These aligners are made specifically for you and your teeth. Each aligner set gradually moves your teeth to where they need to be based on the personalized treatment plan that Dr. Reagan or Dr. Nine designed for you.
You do need to remove the aligners when you eat and drink anything other than water, but taking care of the aligners is fairly easy. For best results, it is recommended that you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. On average, you will change out aligners every two weeks and come in for check ups about every six weeks.
Want more info? Call today to schedule your complimentary exam with Dr. Jon Reagan or Dr. Anna Nine! (417) 451-2403.
The Family Dentistry of Neosho team is excited to welcome Dr. Anna Nine to our team!
Originally from Neosho, Dr. Anna Nine completed her bachelor’s degree of biology at Missouri Southern State University. Through a combination of personal goals and guidance from the faculty at MSSU, she attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City, receiving her DDS degree. You can read more about her by clicking HERE.
You will still find the same smiling faces and exceptional care at our office. Dr. Jon Reagan is happy to share his passion for dentistry as well as his passion for Neosho with Dr. Nine.
Join us in welcoming her to the #NeoshoSmiles family!