By drallinson@kirksvilledental.com
December 23, 2013
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Holiday Hours for Kirksville Dental Group:

Tuesday, December 24th 12-1
Closed Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26th 12-5
Friday, December 27th 8-2
Monday, December 30th 8-5
Tuesday, December 31st 8-1
Closed New Years Day

By drallinson@kirksvilledental.com
October 02, 2013
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Kirksville Dental Group is happy to announce we now are an authorized dealer for Under Armour Performance Mouthguards. We currently offer three:

Armourbite Mouthpiece: Designed to increase performance for non contact sports. Great for a variety of sports from basketball to golf.

Armourbite Mouthguard: Designed to increase performance for contact sports.

Under Armour Mouthguard: Designed for contact sports. The classic "boil and bite" style.

Currently they are available in youth (11 and under) and adult (12 and older) sizes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Under Armour Performance Mouthwear?
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is a completely new category of fear designed for all athletes looking to perform better in their chosen sport.

How does ArmourBite differ from mouthguards?
Mouthguards provide protection. The ArmourBite Mouthpiece and the ArmourBite Mouthguard do more: They enhance performance. Not only are they backed by some of the biggest names in pro sports, they're also recommended by dentist, pro trainers, strength coaches and wellness experts.

How does it work?

Whenever you train or compete, the natural reaction is to clench your jaw. It's all part of the "fight or flight" hard-wiring in your brain. Multi-patented ArmourBite Power Wedges are uniquely shaped to help maintain optimal spacing and counteract the negative effects of clenching. ArmourBite helps our body help itself by unlocking the power of the jaw. Now you can unleash your full potential and perform better across all sports.

By drallinson@kirksvilledental.com
June 26, 2013
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It is that time of year when students are headed to the oral surgeon to have their wisdom teeth extracted which means an increase in dry socket cases for our office. While having an extraction is not a comfortable experience it should not be an extremely painful. If you start to experience intense pain that does not go away after a few days, chances are you have a dry socket.  Only a very small percentage develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. Fortunately, it's easily treatable.

The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for 5 or 6 days.

 

What are the symptoms of dry socket?

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you'll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

How Is Dry Socket Treated?

You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as aspirin  or ibuprofen, to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these over-the-counter medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. When that's the case, your doctor may prescribe a stronger drug or will anesthetize the area.

Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing or a special paste to promote healing. You'll probably have to come back to the dentist's office every day for a dressing change until the socket starts to heal and your pain lessens.

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent the socket from becoming infected. To care for the dry socket at home, your dentist may recommend that you rinse with salt water or a special mouthwash every day. 

 

 

 

By drallinson@kirksvilledental.com
May 22, 2013
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For the last two years we have been using a patient communication systems that assists us in contacting you regarding your appointments. This has been a huge success and we want to make sure that everyone is satisfied!

Over the past few months we have been researching additional companies who provide this service and have found one that fits the needs of all our patients. We are happy to announce we will be switching to Lighthouse 360. This change will occur on Tuesday, May 28th so over the first week, please bear with us as we work out all the kinks. If you have any concerns with any text or email you may be receiving, do not hesitate to contact our office.

By drallinson@kirksvilledental.com
May 15, 2013
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Three of our team members volunteered their time to Missouri Mission of Mercy. The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a large scale dental clinic to provide free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. Dental services are provided at no cost to those that attend in an effort to reach Missourians who cannot otherwise receive dental treatment. MOMOM took place May 3-4, 2013, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.Learn more about MOMOM at www.momom.org. 

       Breakdown of 2013 MOMOM:

  • $961,582 donated in free care  
  • 1,777 patient encounters (including 1,165 Fillings / 2,606 Extractions / 633 Cleanings)  
  • 1,016 Volunteers (including Dentists – 154 / Hygienists – 67 / Assistants – 128 / Physicians – 1 / Nurses – 22 / General Volunteers – 644)  

 

 

  

Megan Baugh, RDH provided dental cleanings to patients (at 8 months pregnant!)
Pam Morgan worked in a number of different areas from registration to patient escorting (none of which are an easy task)
Dr. Tisha Kice-Briggs saw patients for extractions and fillings (this is her second year of volunteering and many more to come)
These ladies started their day for MOMOM at 4am!

  

Birds eye view of a very small portion of the patient care area

  

After patients are completed their treatment they have the opportunity to write a note thanking the providers. This goes to show how amazing MOMOM is!

 

 

What patients are saying about MOMOM (from just a few of the hundreds of comment cards):
 

  • Hello Teeth Magicians! I appreciate you guys so much. I appreciate being relieved of pain! For free! There has been a bunch of caring, amazing folks.
  • It is supremely humbling to see so many people come out and volunteer their time and donate their services to help fellow humans in a gracious act of mercy. God bless you all.
  • Thank you so much for providing this free service. You may have saved my life.
  • You all are a gift from God. Thank you for giving me my smile back.
  • I have never been to a dentist. I admit at 31, I was very worried. Everyone was great and made it easier for me.
  • This was one of the most awesome experiences of my life of 42 years.
  • It was worth being here 10 and ½ hours.
  • Thank you so much for the tenderness you showed me.
  • Surprised by the amount of volunteers and the speed of processing. Rather enjoyable.
  • Your act of kindness has put a smile on my face and helped to keep one on my brother.

What dental professionals are saying about MOMOM:
 

  • I was overwhelmed by how appreciative all of the patients were.
  • She was BESIDES herself with tears of JOY!THIS is what makes these events great!
  • Everything about it, from check in, to the administrators, to those who escorted the patients, was a pleasure.
  • Volunteering in such a setting ALWAYS reminds me how blessed I am to have such a skill to offer. It renews my love of dentistry.
  • I feel so proud of our state and grateful to be a part of its dental community.
  • I would have loved to have been in every section just to see what everyone else experiences. Thanks to everyone for your perseverance and dedication. I know there were a lot of appreciative people.
  •  We were touched by so many patients and volunteers and enjoyed the experience immensely!! We need the dates of the next MOMOM so we can attend next year!

 

 

MOMOM happens every year and they are always in need of volunteers. Even if you aren't available for the entire two days! Dental knowledge isn't necessary... just a heart ready to help others!

 





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