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July 2, 2020 Miscellaneous

In celebration of Independence Day we’re looking back at fun facts about the country’s Founding Fathers oral health.  During colonial times dentistry was very different.  For example, did you know that instead of going to the dentist you went to a barber surgeon?  The barber surgeons could not only give you a hair cut but pull your tooth as well!  Dentistry has definitely come a long way since our Founding Fathers fought for independence.  Here are some fun and interesting dental facts about the people who helped create this country!

Paul Revere

You might recognize Paul Revere as the man who rode his horse to alert the colonists that the British were coming during the Revolutionary War.  But, did you know that he was a dentist as well?  Although trained as a silversmith he also sold dentures and cleaned teeth.  It’s also thought that he was the first person to identify a body by its teeth.


John Adams

If you knew our second president during revolutionary times it may have been difficult to understand him.  Adams lost his teeth for two main reasons: he loved sweets and also he believed throwing up cured a number of diseases.  Since he refused to wear dentures it made comprehending what he said often times difficult.

Thomas Jefferson

This founding father took great care of his teeth.  He had only lost one adult tooth by the age of 81!


Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a brilliant Founding Father but eccentric when it came to his health.  He tried to cure his kidney stones by taking mercury pills.  The devastating effect on his teeth from the mercury led to them having to be taken out.


George Washington

One of the most well known rumors about our country’s first president is that he had wooden teeth.  This indeed is false, his dentures were actually made out of elephant and hippopotamus ivory!  You can see the only pair of dentures intact today on display at Mount Vernon.


Avoid the fate of most of our Founding Fathers’ mouths and be sure to practice good oral hygiene and see us regularly!


June 23, 2020 General Dentistry
The concern about COVID-19 has hit an all time high.  As we try to navigate back to our daily routines, visiting your dentist might be on your to do list.  Here at West Maitland Dentistry we are doing everything we can to minimize the spread of the disease and as always making sure we strictly adhere to the CDC/OHSA disinfection and sterilization guidelines.  Additionally we’ve implemented some more measures to ensure your dental visit is a healthy and safe one.
Some of the further precautions we are taking:
  • Questionnaires: before you even enter the practice we are screening patients to see if they have any symptoms related to the virus or if they have been tested for the virus.
  • Temperature checks for both patients and office staff.
  • Minimizing aerosol producing procedures.  Meaning that in some cases we will use hand instruments, instead of a machine, to clean your teeth.
  • The use of N95 respirators, surgical masks and face shields of staff for all procedures.
  • Minimizing the amount of patients in the waiting room at one time.
  • Removing sharable items such as magazines, coffee machine, water fridge and children’s toys/books.
  • Sneeze guard for our front desk.
  • UV light sanitization or one time use of pens/safety glasses.
  • Requesting all patients use hand sanitizer when they enter our office.
  • Requiring all patients were masks in the office until they are seated in the chair.


When should you reschedule your dental visit?
  • Patients that are 65 and older: if you have medical concerns discuss with your physician whether it is safe for you to be seen..
  • If you have any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, GI issues or any other flu like symptoms.
  • If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COIVD-19, if you have tested positive within the last 10 days to COVID-19 or if you are awaiting test results.


What are some precautions you can take?
  • Wear a mask upon entering and leaving the office.
  • Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the office.
  • Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and properly.
  • If you do contract the virus change out your toothbrush!

We want to remind you that we are here for you and if you have any questions or concerns about your dental visit contact us!


March 6, 2020 General Dentistry

You have probably heard it a million times; regular dental checkups are essential to a healthy smile. In this blog, we’re giving you the 411 on why our team at West Maitland Dentistry encourages regular dental exams for our patients like you.  We’re here to answer the most common questions patients have.

Why are dental exams important?

An exam is needed to provide the best care possible. Typically, dental exams are performed by your dentist alongside a dental cleaning. Regular brushing and flossing is not enough to protect your teeth. Even the more diligent flosser can be left with plaque and tartar buildup. The only way to remove this is with the help of a professional team like West Maitland Dentistry. A thorough examination by our dentist includes visually checking for any signs of decay, damage, and oral cancer. Addressing issues at early stages can help prevent costly and invasive procedures so be sure to schedule your dental exam today!

How many times do I need to have my teeth checked?

The ADA recommends that children and adults have dental exams regularly, usually every 6 months.  Based on your dental and medical history Dr. Dhaliwal will determine what your specific regular intervals are but for most patients, twice a year is recommended. Dentists are not only concerned with fixing teeth. They aim to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and check for anything that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Skipping dental appointments may not seem like a big deal, but oral issues can develop and progress extremely quickly whether or not you notice it. By keeping on top of your dental cleanings and checkups you’re doing yourself a big favor in the long run.

What does Dr. Dhaliwal check for when performing dental exams?

When Dr. Dhaliwal looks inside the mouth some things she looks for are:

  • Cavities
  • Gum Disease
  • Infections
  • Oral Cancer
  • Missing or defective fillings
  • Cracks in teeth
  • Teeth are coming in properly in children


A study performed by the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) shows people with healthy smiles are perceived to be smarter than those with visible dental problems. Regular dental visits will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy but give you the confidence to show off your winning smile.

If you live or work in the greater Maitland, FL area, take that first step to great oral health by scheduling a dental appointment with West Maitland Dentistry!




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