Archive for the ‘Periodontal Disease’ Category


On July 17, 2015, Dr. John and his wife, Anne, traveled to Ireland with a group of US dentists (most from Texas) for a Continuing Dental Education course that also provided time to explore this beautiful country. The course was sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center and featured Dr. Brian Mealey. Dr. Mealey is the director of the Specialist Division in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio School of Dentistry. He has published extensively in the scientific literature, with an emphasis on inter-relationships between oral and systemic health. Dr. Mealey is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. He currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Periodontology. Long story short is that Dr. Mealy is not only a preeminent expert in the field of Periodontology, but also an engaging and gifted teacher. His lectures focused on the relationships between periodontal health and diabetes, immune compromise, pregnancy, and cardiovascular disease. With so many Americans affected by periodontal disease, his presentations, which included summaries of the most current research studies and data on this topic, were both informative and timely. Ask Dr. John more about this when you are next in the office. On a lighter note, Dr. John and Anne had the opportunity to spend time in Dublin (and the required visit to the Guiness Storehouse), Kilkenny, Killarney, and Cong. We hope you enjoy these pics from their trip.

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clean teeth

Do you have stained teeth, calculus (tartar) build-up, or bleeding gums?

Call (608) 845-6127 today to schedule an appointment. 

Let our hygienists bring your mouth back to health!

Photo credit:  Howard Farran, DDS, MBA (Facebook)

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This June, Drs. John and Kate traveled to Los Angeles for training in the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) with John Chao, D.D.S. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small “pinhole” made by a needle, specially designed instruments gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Unlike traditional gum surgery or gum grafting, this technique involves no cutting or stitching.  Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement!

Here is a link to a video of the procedure.

Here are some photos from the class.


All of the participating doctors in the course


Dr. John with Dr. Chao


Dr. John, Dr. Kate, area-dentist Dr. Angie, Dr. Chao


Dr. Kate with Dr. Chao


Dr. John and Dr. Kate doing hands-on surgery practice




Dr. John and Dr. Kate with colleagues at a traditional Chinese dinner for Dr. Chao’s birthday


 Dr. Kate participating in a group putting contest

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This entry was written by Denise J., one of our fabulous hygienists at Main Street Dentists.

Biofilm.  Periodontal Infection.  Ultrasonics.  System Correlations.  These are some of the terms you have heard or will hear from your dental hygienist at your next continuing care (cleaning) appointment.  Since January, we at Main Street Dentists have been learning more about the latest research and treatment for gingivitis and periodontal disease.


 (Special cleaners, called “ultrasonics,” that spray water in different directions to clean around your teeth)

Biofilm is another term for the community of bacteria that make up the plaque that builds up on our teeth and gums.  We are finding out how complex and difficult this community of bacteria is to control and keep to a minimum in your mouth.  You will notice a change in how we combat these bad bacterial communities that form in everyone’s mouths.  We will explain how and why we are doing what we are doing during your visit.


(A little ruler to measure gum health-each dash represents 3mm)

If we see you have a bacterial infection, we may recommend a treatment plan specifically for you to get your infection under control. We also will strive to do our best to teach you what you can do at home to keep your gum tissue as healthy as possible.


(A great mouthwash)

At your next visit, please ask us if you have any questions about biofilm or periodontal infection.  We would be happy to discuss these topics and how they affect you.

Other great resources on this topic are referred to else where on our blog–click on the category “Periodontal Disease” in the column to the right.

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This video clip is less than 4 minutes long and will change everything you thought you knew about dental health.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to bring them up at your next visit.

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More laser certifications!

Big Smiles after Laser Certification!!

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A few weeks ago both Kari and Denise became certified to use a dental laser for periodontal (gum) conditions. Even patients without gum disease can benefit from incorporating the laser into their regular cleaning appointments.

Use of the laser before the appointment is a pain-free procedure in which bacteria around all tooth surfaces are removed allowing for a more thorough cleaning. You can now ask Kari, Denise, and Tanya what benefits the laser can provide you at your next appointment.


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September Recap

We have had quite the busy month this September at Main Street Dentists:

Dr. John, Denise, Amber and Diane are back from Honduras after a very rewarding trip.

Watch for pictures by the end of next week.  We have so many to choose from that it is hard to pick our favorites!

Dr. Kate attended a course in Naperville, IL on a new root canal treatment system.  For the majority of patients who undergo root canal therapy there is no discomfort during the procedure; however, the main inconvenience is the length of treatment.  During root canal therapy the tooth roots are cleaned using several different instruments.  The new system is based upon our existing system and combines many of the instruments into one instrument.  This will save patients time sitting in the chair while still allowing for excellent root canal treatment.  We’re sure that most patients won’t mind have their procedure completed more quickly!

Earlier this month Tanya traveled south to the Chicago-area for a laser certification course.  Tanya is now our first hygienist to be certified in laser therapy for treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.  This is an incredible service that can be used to try and prevent the need for periodontal surgery.  Lasers have a high success rate in their ability to aid in the treatment of periodontal disease.  Tanya did an outstanding job in her course and received 100% on her certification exam.  We are so proud of her and her commitment to providing the most advanced, highest-quality care to our patients.

We are looking ahead to more educational courses in October and November.

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