Choosing a dentist is an important choice not only for your dental health, but for your overall health and well-being. That’s why our entire team of caring professionals is devoted to providing you with the finest care available in an atmosphere of the utmost comfort and trust. We pride ourselves on focusing on your individual needs. Please always feel free to voice any questions, concerns or requests to any of our capable and attentive staff members.
Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art dental care with a compassionate touch. Each of our team members is a warm, caring professional who stays highly informed in the field of dentistry. Our doctors stay on the leading edge of dental technology and techniques. We also believe in taking the time to ensure that you are well-informed about your treatment. By providing you with a wealth of information about dentistry, procedures and treatments, we strive to help you make the best choices for your dental and overall health. We believe in the "whole mouth approach" to provide you with the best treatment based on your unique needs and circumstances.
At our office, you’ll find most of your dental needs covered under one roof. From general dentistry to implants, periodontics and all cosmetic dental treatments, we’ve earned a reputation for providing aff ordable, quality services for the whole family. State-of-the-art technology and our commitment to offering the latest techniques enable us to off er a wide range of beneficial services.
Dental assistant in iconic World War II, V-Day Time Square kiss
Greta Zimmer Friedman has lived quietly in Frederick, Md., for decades, her neighbors for years unaware she is an important part of one of the most famous photographs of the 20th Century. It was taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on VJ-Day in 1945, as Americans first learned Japan had been defeated and showed Friedman, dressed in her dental assistant's uniform, her back bent, in the clutches of a sailor who was planting a kiss on her lips. That image became a cover photo within days on Life Magazine and has endured for nearly nearly 67 years as an iconic reminder of the celebrations on that history-making day. More
Hidden risks in patients' diets — Dental assistants can help increase awareness of acid erosion
By Inside Dental Assisting
Every dietary choice — from a grapefruit in the morning to a sports beverage at noon to chocolate chip cookies at 8 p.m. — can begin to add up and cause acid erosion of teeth. Acid erosion is the loss of enamel and dentin caused by acid. Although erosion can be caused by gastric acids, in most cases, dietary acids from foods and beverages account for this loss of tooth structure. More
Connection between fat cells and periodontal disease
By WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine
A new study led by researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has revealed some interesting facts. This particular study included as many as 31 people struggling with both obesity and gum disease complications. Fifty percent of the patients have gone through gastric bypass surgery, and doctors removed the fat cells from their abdomen. More
Study: Bleaching does not damage enamel surface
Bleaching gels do not alter calcium and phosphorus concentrations on the enamel surface, according to an in vivo study in the current Journal of the American Dental Association. Researchers from São Leopoldo Mandic Institute and Research Center in Brazil examined the changes in calcium and phosphorus concentrations in enamel after the use of home-use and in-office bleaching treatments inside the mouth. More
Oral bacteria linked with pneumonia risk
By Rabia Mughal
Oral microbiota could play a role in identifying patients at risk for healthcare-associated pneumonia, according to a study presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston. "The bodies of healthy individuals are cohabited by an incredible number of bacteria, where bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. More
Things pregnant women should know about oral care
Maintaining good oral care is important, especially for pregnant women. Recently, the La Jolla Light ran an article explaining that while many women understand that smoking and drinking alcohol can harm their unborn child, periodontal infection may lead to pregnancy complications as well. More
Congratulations to our team member Kendra - Kendra received her American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) Fellowship at the recent AADOM Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 8, 2012.
Carol Patsel, TDG's practice administrator, and Member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM), was featured as the May 2012 Spotlight Member for AADOM.
As the administrator, I keep my finger on the pulse of the practice and insure that everyone maintains their focus on the goals and missions set by the owners of the Dental Group. This includes:
- Monitoring all aspects of our productivity, revenues generated and profitability of the five general dentists, five specialists, four hygiene providers, their support staff and our in-house lab.
- Mentoring and empowering our professional and support staff to develop and manage their goals, marketing strategies, continued education and individual expectations of their performance.
- Developing and launching internal and external marketing materials, projects, programs, as well as our website with the support and expertise of RLM Healthcare Marketing.
- A practice of this magnitude also requires me to maintain clear lines of communication among doctors, hygiene providers, clinical and business staff through weekly group and departmental meetings, as well as the publication of a weekly newsletter.
- Maintaining a strong presence in our community by serving on the Board of Directors for our local business association.
My greatest sense of reward has always been the relationships that I have developed and maintained with our staff. There’s no greater joy than to watch these young, eager individuals gain success with their careers through hard work and thirst for knowledge. I love being there to help them along their way.
I find the opportunity to network with practices across the country to be one of the greatest benefits for my membership. In this industry, no person can successfully stay abreast of the advancements in dentistry and related business practices without the interaction and sharing of knowledge. The AADOM has answered a long awaited need for dental office managers. I’m also impressed by Heather’s willingness to listen to her members’ needs and find answers for them. On that note, we have her to thank for giving us the FAADOM program.
Fifty professional and support staff working under one roof is not a common size for a dental practice. Truth be known, the size of the practice is proportionate to level of knowledge skills expected of those who are managing the business. I would love to see multiple tiers of classes available either on-line or at the annual conference that would help individuals like me.
We use the services provided by Patterson Dental. Their personalized services included monitoring our inventory, the prompt delivery our supplies, the purchase and maintenance of our equipment, as well as keeping an eye on cost containment. They are what Best Practices is all about in their industry.
The goals and missions of this practice have always supported community service. Each of the doctor/owners remains committed to participating in programs and events that promote education through the sponsorship of annual scholarships, visitations to our wounded soldiers, career and health fairs, Free Exam Weekends for the general public and donated dental services to the less fortunate.
Of late, I love golf and photography. I have an ongoing love-hate relationship with the game of golf. My husband and I love to sneak away and swing our clubs whenever the opportunity arises; even if it means the lawn will be mowed another day. My camera travels with me wherever I go and always renders me good results compared to my golf swing. However, I found the golf course an ideal place to capture breath-taking landscapes and beautiful wildlife. Therefore, I will keep working on my swing.
Carol Patsel, FAADOM, 2010
AADOM Member Since 2006
The Dental Group