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RDG Veteran’s Program

November 11th, 2015

We’ve got big news! Historically, our honored Central Oregon Veterans have had to drive to Portland to receive treatment. But now, Redmond Dental Group is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow eligible Central Oregon Veterans to receive local care from non-Veteran Affair dental providers.

“We are happy to deliver dental services to our much deserving local Veterans so they no longer need to drive to Portland for treatment,” said Dr. Max Higbee, owner of Redmond Dental Group and a veteran.

Dr. Higbee served as a dentist in the United States Army between 1969-1971 during the VIetnam War. Upon completion of his service, Dr. Higbee began his private practice in Redmond, Oregon in September, 1971. Due to his passion for his patients and a forward thinking philosophy, his practice continues to grow and expand.

Thank you to Debra for her testimonial about the program:

Dear Jackie,

I am beyond happy to refer other veterans to Redmond Dental Group. The care I have gotten there is beyond awesome. Everyone there is kind, professional and, actually, lots of fun to talk to. I didn't know what to expect when I started coming there so I was a bit apprehensive but not only do I get timely care I also have experienced almost zero pain or discomfort with the procedures I've had done. The work that's been done for me is excellent. I cannot even begin to convey how happy I am with Redmond Dental Group. Dr. Matt is awesome in his care and kindness.

I just want all of you to know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me. I honestly believe that any veteran coming through your doors will be cared for with respect and kindness. It's great to be so taken care of and it's been awesome to let other veterans know they can get care locally that is, absolutely, the best dental care I've ever had.

Warm Regards,

Veterans can contact Redmond Dental Group for more information and preauthorization by calling (541) 548-8175.

Periodontal Disease; I have what?!

November 11th, 2013

The team from Redmond Dental Group understand the diagnosis of periodontal disease can be scary and confusing, but the good news in most cases is that it is treatable and manageable with a little work on the part of the patient.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue, bone, and supporting structures for the teeth. In the past it was known as pyorrhea. Diagnosis is commonly made through a combination of dental X-rays, periodontal readings (called probe depths), and visual clinical findings.

The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body and can provide clues to the patient’s overall health. In fact, the first signs of some chronic diseases appear in the oral cavity; they can be a hint for the dentist to refer the patient to a medical doctor for a thorough exam.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to premature tooth loss, sensitivity, and chronic or acute mouth pain. If you have diabetes, you are more prone to periodontal disease and can experience greater difficulty controlling your blood glucose levels. The body ends up spending so much energy fighting the infection in the mouth that it cannot achieve balance elsewhere. Studies have shown that once periodontal disease is treated, the glucose levels become more responsive to control as well.

Standard treatments can include scale and root planing, medicated mouth rinse, and in some cases antibiotic therapy or laser therapy to help control bacteria while promoting healing. Periodontal disease can range from a few localized pockets to extensive and severe infection that may require surgery.

The process of scale and root planing may entail two to four appointments for treatment, with follow-up maintenance exams every three to four months to help prevent the spread of disease. In most cases you will be numbed for comfort during the procedure. After treatment you may feel a little sore—but you are taking steps to improve your health!

Scheduling an appointment with the Redmond, OR office of Dr Jade Cherrington, Dr. Dane Smith and Dr. Max Higbee will give you an accurate diagnosis and a range of treatment options. Periodontal disease is “silent,” which means you will not always experience pain as a signal of infection. When caught early and subjected to proper oral hygiene care on a daily basis, treatments are usually successful.

The Intriguing History of Halloween

October 28th, 2013

Halloween is fast approaching, and Dr Jade Cherrington, Dr. Dane Smith and Dr. Max Higbee wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is familiar to most people today bears little resemblance to the original Halloween; back in the "old days" it wasn't even called Halloween!

Festival of the Dead

Halloween started out as a Celtic festival of the dead that honored departed loved ones and signified a change in the cycle of the seasons. The Celtic people viewed Halloween, then called "Samhain," as a very special day – almost like our New Years day in fact, as their new calendar year began on November 1st. Samhain was the last day of autumn, so it was the time to harvest the last of the season's crops, store food away for winter, and situate livestock comfortably for the upcoming cold weather. The Celts believed that during this day, the last day of winter, the veil between this world and the spirit world is the thinnest, and that the living could communicate with departed loved ones most effectively on Samhain due to this.

Modern Halloween

Halloween as we know it today started because Christian missionaries were working to convert the Celtic people to Christianity. The Celts believed in religious concepts that were not supported by the Christian church, and these practices, which stemmed from Druidism, were perceived by the Christian church as being "devil worship" and dangerous.

When Pope Gregory the First instructed his missionaries to work at converting the Pagan people, he told them to try to incorporate some of the Pagan practices into Christian practices in a limited way. This meant that November 1st became "All Saints Day," which allowed Pagan people to still celebrate a beloved holiday without violating Christian beliefs.

Today, Halloween has evolved into a day devoted purely to fun, candy, and kids. What a change from its origins! We encourage all of our patients to have fun during the holiday, but be safe with the treats. Consider giving apples or fruit roll-ups to the kids instead of candy that is potentially damaging to the teeth.

Remind kids to limit their candy and brush after eating it! Sweets can cause major tooth decay, so to avoid extra visits to our Redmond, OR office, make your Halloween a safe one!

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