May is Physical Fitness Month! At Family Dentistry of Neosho we love to workout and keep our bodies as strong and healthy as our smiles! As you may know, exerting yourself through physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and strong. It is also known to reduce stress and boost those feel good endorphins after a long day at work!
AFFORDABLE AND ACHIEVABLE – Let us Help!
One of the comments we hear most is . . . .”Doc, I want to do Invisalign, let me figure out the finances.” Great news! You don’t have to figure out the finances on your own! Let us help! At Family Dentistry of Neosho, we are committed to providing everyone with quality dental care, flexible financial plans, and the information and insight needed to make informed decisions on Invisalign treatment!
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.
For most of us in the dental profession, we enjoy this time of year. National Dental Health Month (NDHM) is a time set aside to be out in the community and schools. This year we adopted a Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten class. These children were unafraid and asked all kinds of questions about their teeth. They answered a few as well.
We counted the 20 primary teeth that four and five year olds should have. As a group, they made me smile for sure. Parents, be sure to test the Dental IQ of your four, five and six year olds. They are sure to give you a laugh!
A “Perfect” Summer
2017 Belize Medical Missions Trip
When I think about July, my mind automatically goes to the times spent in Belize with my family. The memories made there are like none other, the sticky humidity, the caring mission team, and children’s smiles that will melt your heart are just a few of the memories. My family and I love going. The relationships forged over the years, along with some dental work thrown in, make our time down there; well “Perfect”. So perfect, in fact, that we keep going back. This was our 9th year and this team was able to see just shy of one thousand patients. On average, the dental team sees about a third of that number and this year we were blessed with two of our very own Neosho Smiles members, Kim Smith and Kim Camerer.
The crazy thing is that some of our patients have never seen a dentist; there is a lot of preventive education that goes on. Often we talk with our patients about the importance of healthy gums and how it pertains to diabetes. There are a large number of people who come through our clinic who have to regulate their blood sugar or worse, they are unaware that they have diabetes. There is a direct link to periodontal disease and diabetes. It is people like you that make this medical mission trip successful each year. The next time you come in ask us about perio and diabetes.
For more info about North Belize Medical Missions please visit this link
To read Dr. Reagan’s blog about his experience on the 2016 medical mission, click here.
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.
Dr. Anna nine at the midwest dental conference
In an effort to provide exceptional quality care to our patients, the team at Family Dentistry of Neosho makes a special effort to stay current with research and technology. One of my favorite ways to do this is to attend the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City. In case you’ve never been to a dental conference before (who hasn’t!), picture high school, but for dental professionals instead of teens. You choose from a wide variety of classes to attend, you meet friends new and old for lunch, and you discuss the latest in ceramics technology. Maybe that last one doesn’t relate as well, but if you ever need a crown, you’ll be thankful we keep up with the latest advances. Ongoing research projects, samples of the newest tools and materials, and demonstrations of the best techniques are all available throughout the weekend. Basically, it’s a safe place for people to nerd out about dentistry – it’s a blast!
This particular dental conference is a special event for me, as it is hosted by UMKC, which is my and Dr. Reagan’s alma mater. It is wonderful to have Kansas City’s vibrant backdrop to facilitate learning as well as meeting with a wide range of colleagues. It is at this conference that I am able to learn about and use new materials and tools for fillings, root canals, and generally making appointments faster and more comfortable for our patients.
Our office has had the amazing opportunity to send several members of the team to this conference every year. Diana, Mercedes, and I were able to attend this time. It was a pleasure going with coworkers that care as much about learning as I do. The weekend seemed too short, but now we are invigorated and excited to apply what we learned. Until next year, Kansas City!
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.
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!
A Note from Dr. Reagan:
Over a period of years practicing dentistry, one of the many things people have asked me is, “How do you do it?”.
The simple answer is that I love what I do! A wise dentist years ago said, “Be kind, fair, and accessible to your dental family and you will be busy!” This very advice has been a cornerstone to our practice.
When you walk through the doors of Family Dentistry of Neosho, you can immediately feel something soothing about this place. Perhaps it comes from the warm smile that greeted you or the clean feeling you leave with.
Many who know us here at our office also know that we have many interests outside of dentistry. So, it is my goal in 2016 to share those interests throughout the year mixed in with the “tooth” info. Come with us on this new journey at Family Dentistry!