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Dental Associate

Otego Family Dental - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
I'm going down to Queens tomorrow to pick up our new dental associate!
He will begin seeing patients as soon as he receives his license. Probably before the end of the summer. In the meantime, he will be observing and assisting Dr. Knox (Dr. Kathy) and helping organize a few things.
Feel free to introduce yourself if you see him!
Dr. Alexander J. Knox (Dr. Alex) graduated from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2017 and just completed his dental residency at Winthrop Hospital Dental Clinic in Mineola, NY.
RDK

Summer Break

Otego Family Dental - Sunday, July 01, 2018
Otego Family Dental is closed until Tuesday, July 10th, for summer break.
If you have a dental emergency or need to speak with Dr. Knox, please call 607-988-6555 and leave a detailed message. We will return your call as soon as possible! (Yes, we're on vacation, but we have the office cell phone, so...)
If you need to make or change an appointment, please call 607-988-6555 and leave a detailed message. We will return your call on July 10th.
RDK

Thank you

Otego Family Dental - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Thank you!

https://youtu.be/B9D5QaSLa-k

Closed for Spring Break

Otego Family Dental - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Otego Family Dental is closed until Tuesday, May 8th, for spring break!
If you have a dental emergency or need to speak with Dr. Knox, please call 607-988-6555 and leave a detailed message. We will return your call as soon as possible! (Yes, we're on vacation, but we have the office cell phone, so...)
If you need to make or change an appointment, please call 607-988-6555 and leave a detailed message. We will return your call on May 8th.

RDK

Winter Break

Otego Family Dental - Thursday, December 07, 2017
Otego Family Dental will be closed for our winter break from December 16th through January 2nd.

As usual, if you have a dental emergency or a question for Dr. Knox, please call us at (607) 988-6555 and leave a detailed message. We will return your call as soon as possible.

If you wish to make or change an appointment, please call us at (607) 988-6555 and leave a detailed message and we will return your call on January 3rd.

RDK

It’s not just a dental cleaning

Otego Family Dental - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

It’s not just a dental cleaning

 You’ve always been told to see your dentist twice a year for a dental hygiene appointment, but are you aware of the importance of that recommendation?

Studies have shown that periodontal disease (gum disease) can contribute to the development of heart disease. How? Bacteria from plaque can lead to blood clots, inflammation and ultimately, heart attacks or strokes.

Periodontal disease can also cause complications with diabetes and has been proven to contribute to low birth weight babies.

It is MUCH more than just a cleaning. Take a look at some of the things we do during your dental hygiene visit:

1.    Review you medical history and modify treatment as needed.

2.    We check and record your blood pressure and pulse.

3.    Recently, we began checking your oxygen level.

4.    Perform an oral cancer screening.

5.    Perform a thorough periodontal screening to evaluate your periodontal health.

6.    Perform radiographic procedures for detecting cavities and evaluating the overall health of your teeth and supporting structures.

7.    Examine existing fillings.

8.    Detect new decay.

9.    Evaluate the need for sealants in children and, when necessary, in adults.

10.  Evaluate your bite and the consequences of missing or crowded teeth.

11.  Recheck the fit of appliances (night guards, dentures, etc.)

12.  Remove hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) and soft, sticky bacterial deposits (plaque) to promote oral health.

13.  Remove surface staining on teeth from coffee, tea, tobacco, etc..

14.  Floss and check the contacts of the teeth.

15.  Personalize oral hygiene instructions and make recommendations on what tools to use at home to best clean your teeth.

16.  Clean dental appliances.

17.  Provide intra-oral photos of problem areas so you can see what we see.

18.  Application of fluoride to aid in the prevention of decay.

19.  Treatment plan of your present and future dental needs.

20.  Evaluate your total dental needs and refer you as needed to specialists.

21.  Inform you of the latest dental treatments and technology available in our office.

22.  Evaluate cosmetic needs to give you a more beautiful smile.

 As you can see, your hygiene appointment does much more than simply clean your teeth!

There have been cases when we have referred our patients to their medical doctor for follow-up. You see your dentist more than your medical doctor and we can be your first alert to a potential problem. It’s vital that you visit your dentist twice a year for dental hygiene, and now you know why!

Call us today to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment.


Baby!

Otego Family Dental - Saturday, November 25, 2017

So I was supposed to post this awhile back. Sorry for the delay.

Kayla had her baby on November 8th. Jackson William Fletcher, 8 lbs 6.9 oz!

Congratulations to Kayla and her family.

Kayla plans to return to work in early January.

RDK

Does your office do same day extractions?

Otego Family Dental - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Common Questions Corner

Does your office do same day extractions?

Let me ask you this: What if you wanted your finger removed (extracted) from your body?

How do you know that you need to have it extracted? Is it infected? Is it broken? If it can it be fixed, you do
not need to have it removed (extracted). You need your finger. I understand that it hurts you now and
you just want to get rid of it, but once I take it I can’t put it back.

Are you healthy enough for me to do the surgery? A dental extraction, is just that, surgery. A hospital will not do any surgery without doing pre-op. So why would you want your dentist to just pull your tooth (a body part) without checking first.

We need to take an x-ray of the tooth, why? I need to know if the tooth savable, infected, does it have
straight roots or curved roots, is it near a nerve that can be damaged during the extraction? We have to
know these things before proceeding. I wish I had x-ray vision.

We take our dental extractions seriously at Otego Family Dental. What to expect: we will review your
medical health and ask you many questions about your current and past health; check your meds; take
your blood pressure; pulse; and check your oxygen levels before administering local anesthetic.

Please be aware that local anesthesia is very safe for most people, but it is still a drug. If you have an infection, that infection
needs to be under control with antibiotics before your extraction.

Too many times I hear stories from my patients that they had a tooth removed elsewhere and it was very
painful. That’s because the tooth was infected and the anesthetic that was delivered was not effective.

Dr. Kathy T. Knox

Thanksgiving

Otego Family Dental - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Otego Family Dental is closed until Tuesday, November 28th, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you have a dental emergency or you need to speak with Dr. Knox, please leave a detailed message including your phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

RDK

Seeking Cheerful Polished Dental Assistant

Otego Family Dental - Wednesday, August 09, 2017

We are a busy and growing dental office with an immediate opening for a full time licensed certified dental assistant.   We offer a friendly, caring work atmosphere, a four-day work week and competitive pay and benefits.   We are an EOE.

Primary Job Duties Include:

  • Assist with dental treatments as instructed
  • Take and record dental histories and patient records
  • Prepare instruments; clean treatment areas; sterilize equipment
  • Front office support, including greeting patients, answering phones, scheduling, maintaining files, as needed
  • Responsible for patient flow, keeping treatment rooms neat and organized
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene

Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to project a positive, warm and professional image in person and on the phone
  • Strong Organizational and administrative skills – you see what needs to be done and do it.
  • Must be articulate and service-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative and anticipate needs of others
  • Reliable and prompt; available for at least 35 hours per week
  • Works well in a team, with humor, enthusiasm and joyful consideration of others.
  • Resides within 30 minutes of our office.

To apply, you need to send the following 2 things via email to jobs@otegofamilydentalpc.com

  • Your resume with contact information
  • Your written answers to at least three of the following questions:
    • Tell us a little about yourself
    • What is the best thing about you?
    • Summarize your thoughts on natural medicine/holistic healthcare?
    • How would your previous co-workers describe you and your work?
    • What about this job is attractive to you?
    • What does “service” mean to you?