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Otego Family Dental Closed for CE

Otego Family Dental - Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Otego Family Dental will be closed Friday. Dr. Knox is taking her team to the Third District Dental Society Symposium in Albany (http://www.third-district.org/annmtg/am.html).

RDK

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

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.


Snow Day

Otego Family Dental - Monday, March 13, 2017

Otego Family Dental will be closed tomorrow due to the snow storm.

We will begin rescheduling appointments on Wednesday.

Stay home, be safe!

RDK

Yankee Dental Congress

Otego Family Dental - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Otego Family Dental will be closed Thursday and Friday while Dr. Knox is at the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

As usual, if you have a dental emergency or need to make or change an appointment, please call and leave a detailed message (607-988-6555).

Dental emergency calls will be returned as soon as possible (Dr. Knox is taking several courses and cannot be reached during class).

All other calls will be returned no later than Tuesday.

RDK

New electronic services added

Otego Family Dental - Thursday, August 04, 2016
We've added a 'Book Now' button to our page. If you use it, please let us know if you found it useful. They should have called it the 'Courtney' button ;).
We've been trying out several new electronic services. The Book Now button uses LimeLight via Solutions Reach. We are also trying out text/email/voice reminders via Solutions Reach.
Likeable Local has been providing the new FaceBook postings.
We retained the services of Doctor.com to help update/correct internet listings. Doctor.com has also provided a laptop for the sitting room for patients to submit reviews. RDK
Doctor.com laptop for reviews





Orthodontics

Otego Family Dental - Friday, January 15, 2016
A recent question: Do you do Invisalign?

Sorry, no. Dr. Knox does not do any orthodontics. She refers patients to an orthodontist.

Why? Ask her, she'll tell you. It's one of those: 'Well, when I was in dental school...'.

RDK

Service Animals

Otego Family Dental - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Service animals are allowed to attend appoints with patients. Prior notice is appreciated, but not required.

RDK


Dr. Knox returns to work

Otego Family Dental - Monday, August 03, 2015

Dr. Knox returns to work tomorrow. She can't wait!

Of course, now the weather is great and she has to be in the office. Couldn't be like this in July.

She will be starting out with a lighter schedule than usual, but Courtney (our scheduling coordinator) will ramp it up as the doctor gets back up to speed.

She's looking forward to seeing everyone, so don't forget your appointment!

RDK

Athletic Mouthguards

Otego Family Dental - Friday, June 19, 2015

It's not often that patient's request a custom athletic mouthguard for themselves or their children. They don't cost that much more than the ones available in stores and they can provide more protection.

Of course, they fit much better, so they are more likely to be worn.

Pricing varies by the level of protection offered by the guard.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call (607) 988-6555.

RDK