Recognized by Invisalign® for excellence with their company

We’ve had a very busy month at Bright Smiles Dental! At a recent conference this September, Dr. Gardner was recognized by Invisalign® for excellence with their company. There are only slightly over 800 dentists that have completed the most comprehensive training Invisalign® offers. Dr. Gardner is one of them. In 2017, only slightly over 100 of these dentists received a bronze medal of recognition for their work, and only 33 received a silver “Top Doc” award. Dr. Gardner was one of the 33 that received the silver “Top Doc” award.

 

Additionally, Bright Smiles officially made the top five dental offices in RVA according to the Richmond Times Dispatch! We are blessed to have local patients from Chesterfield and Midlothian as well as patients that drive from the Short Pump area just to see our hygienists and doctors. We even have a handful of dedicated patients that travel to see us from other states! You all are a huge part of what makes our office so special, and we thank you for your dedication to Bright Smiles. On October 26, the Richmond Times Dispatch announces the 2017 “TheBest” winners, so stay tuned for hopefully good news!

Deep Cleanings: why preventative visits can make all the difference in your health

Put yourself in the patient seat for this example of a scenario that happens frequently in dental offices all across the world:

You, the patient, have likely not been into an office for a routine dental visit in a number of years, and either due to sensitivity, bad breath, or insurance changes, you feel compelled to go in for a routine dental exam and cleaning.

At the office, the hygienist takes a few x-rays of your teeth, and she begins to probe your gums and the spaces between the teeth. She explains as you go through the process that she will be calling out numbers. Numbers one through three are signs of healthy gum pockets. Anything four of more could mean that you have some gum disease. OUCH! Your gums are swollen and tender, and any time the hygienist calls out a three or higher, you nearly jump out of your seat. Next, the doctor comes in to review the x-rays with you. They will explain that there are large pocket depths between your teeth where bacteria has accumulated, contributing to inflammation and infection. They reveal that you have PERIODONTITIS.

SO WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?

Periodontitis is gum disease. In 2015, the CDC found that nearly 50% of the American population over 30 exhibits periodontitis (ADA, 2015)! When bacteria collects within the pockets between your teeth, usually due to lack of flossing, inadequate self-oral hygiene, or infrequent visits to the dentist, plaque buildup can secrete acids that essentially dissolve the bone tissue around your teeth. The disease is infectious and will continue to progress if left untreated, and the patient with periodontitis will begin to lose teeth. Gum disease not only affects your oral health, but also has huge impacts on individuals with other health issues; the effects have even been linked to heart disease.

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SO… JUST CLEAN MY TEETH NOW…??

This is the reaction that many patients may feel when they find out that they have gum disease. Unfortunately, most of the time, the hygienists cannot continue with a regular cleaning. Depending on the depth of your pockets, the doctor may refer you out to a Periodontist, a specialist who will perform a deep cleaning treatment and then conduct several visits to ensure that the gums heal properly afterwards and that the infection has been eradicated. If we see you near the beginning of the disease’s progression, when the calculus buildup and depth of the pockets is lower, our hygienists can perform the deep cleaning in the office. This procedure is called Scaling and Root Planing, and it typically takes two- one hour and a half visits.

After the deep cleaning at our office, we will schedule a follow-up visit to assess the gum healing about 6 weeks afterwards and to do a regular cleaning at that time. Your hygienist will likely recommend 3 or 4 month recall visits as opposed to waiting 6 months for regular cleanings as a preventative measure.

WHY CAN’T YOU JUST DO A REGULAR CLEANING?

Unfortunately, legally and ethically, we cannot do a regular cleaning when we have identified that you have periodontitis. Since a regular polishing is focused at the gum line, this could potentially disturb bacterial colonies, releasing them throughout your bloodstream.

Even if you do not choose to do a deep cleaning with our office, we highly recommend that you take action to treat the disease. Periodontal disease is both preventable and curable, and it is important to address for the health of your teeth and for your body!

I’M INTERESTED IN INVISALIGN… WILL THIS IMPACT MY TREATMENT?

Did you know that as a Premier Preferred Invisalign provider, Bright Smiles Dental in Chesterfield is distinguished among dentists in Virginia by this distinction? You have absolutely come to the right place if Invisalign is something that has piqued your interest.

While we recommend a cleaning before beginning your treatment, even if you opt not to, we do have our doctors inspect your gums for potential periodontitis. We would definitely need to address any serious plaque buildup before beginning treatment, but we have had many patients do so and then have great success with Invisalign! Please feel free to stop by our office, conveniently accessible to Chesterfield and Midlothian, and get a free consultation and scan to see a simulation of what your teeth will look like after treatment. Our friendly office staff will coordinate with your insurance to establish a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs!

Works Cited

Periodontal disease affects nearly half of the U.S. population. (2015). Science in the News. American

Dental Association.

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dentistDr. Gardner absolutely loves his patients, and as you know, he is one of the kindest and most dedicated doctors around!

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– Contest is running May 29 – June 19, 2016.

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How to Win Zoom Whitening:

– Vote for Bright Smiles Dental using the voting instructions above.

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– Really want to win? You may use either of the above entry methods EVERY HOUR that you vote!

– We are giving away 3 Zoom Whitening Treatments.

– Each winner will be announcement through Facebook on June 6, 13, and 20.

Thank you for Voting!

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Magnolia Green 5K Race

A couple weeks ago, Bright Smiles Dental in Chesterfield, VA sponsored the Magnolia Green 5K and Family Fun Run! There was a surprise appearance from Toothpaste Man (Dr. Davis Gardner DDS) and Molar Woman (Dental Assistant, Adrienne White)!

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Magnolia Green 5k Race sponsor and participants

This dynamic duo had a blast running in their dental costumes! The costumes definitely added a different element (aka challenge) for completing the 3.2 miles.

Magnolia Green 5k Race Dr. Davis Gardner

Dr. Gardner, a Chesterfield VA dentist and avid runner, did a fantastic job and had a blast running alongside his patients and neighbors!

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Adrienne, a dental assistant, was a great sport about running in an oversized molar suit! She decided she just wanted to get the run over with and ran as fast as she could. She ended up being the 1st female finisher!

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Who knew a molar could fly?? ha!

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Here’s Adrienne with her winnings! Congrats, Adrienne! That is a well deserved prize!

Thanks to Magnolia Green neighborhood for letting us sponsor the race this year! We had lots of fun! Thanks to Dr. Gardner and Adrienne for playing along and making the race a little extra fun!

Meet Adrienne, Dental Assistant

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Bright Smiles Dental Team Spotlight

Meet Adrienne

Adrienne is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet! She’s always happy and has a great talent of helping patients feel at home in our office. We love having Adrienne as part of our team.

Here is a little bit more about Adrienne in her own words…..

My name is Adrienne White and I am excited to welcome you to Bright Smiles Dental!  I love being a dental assistant because not only do I get to meet so many wonderful people, but I get to help Dr. Gardner make a positive difference in peoples lives as they feel better about their smile or find relief from pain or discomfort.

When I’m not assisting Dr. Gardner, my husband Chad and I keep busy running around our 3 kids.  When we get the chance we love to explore the Richmond area. Though originally from KY my family loved Richmond enough to move back a second time, hopefully to stay!  I also love travelling, running and hiking.  All of us look forward to meeting you and making you feel comfortable and happy at Bright Smiles!

Need a cleaning? Call now to schedule your appointment with Stephanie! 804-332-6310

Want to take a virtual tour of our brand new, state-of-art office? Click here!

Meet Stephanie, Dental Hygienist

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Bright Smiles Dental Team Spotlight

Meet Stephanie

Stephanie was our first hygienist at Bright Smiles Dental! She is a friendly, caring, and happy gal who has a passion for teeth. We frequently hear Stephanie’s patients say, “That was the best cleaning I’ve ever had!” Stephanie is a fabulous hygienist and is good at what she does. We are so glad she’s on our team!

Here is a little bit more about Stephanie in her words….

A native of VA, I have been a Dental Hygienist for 20 years.  I enjoy direct patient care and the rewards that it brings when you can see the smile that it brings to someone’s face.  I live in Moseley/Magnolia Green with my husband, Anthony, my 3 children and my beagle named Macauley.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my family.

Need a cleaning? Call now to schedule your appointment with Stephanie! 804-332-6310

Want to take a virtual tour of our brand new, state-of-art office? Click here!

Meet Julia, Dental Assistant

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Bright Smiles Dental Team Member Spotlight

Meet the awesome, Julia! Julia is a dental assistant at Bright Smiles Dental in Chesterfield, VA. She was also our very first employee! Julia is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and she loves to smile. Here is a little bit more about Julia, written by Julia….

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ but moved to Chesterfield in 2007 where I started my freshman year at Cosby High School. I met Dr. Gardner and his family at church when we moved here and I told him I was interested in the dental field. When I graduated high school, I went to the west coast and attended collage at Brigham Young University-Idaho where I majored in Excerise Physiology. After 3 years there, I came home for a semester, and that’s when Dr. Gardner offered me a job at his office. I decided to stay and work for him and shortly after, met my husband who was attending Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School. We are now living in Henrico and I am working at the dental office and loving it. 🙂

 

Dr. Gardner visits Winterpock Elementary

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Dr. Gardner Visits Winterpock Elementary School Kindergarteners

Dr. Davis Gardner, DDS from Bright Smiles Dental in Chesterfield, VA paid a visit to Winterpock Elementary School to teach the Kindergarteners more about what a dentist does as a community helper.

Dr. Gardner and his assistant, Julie and Danny the Dragon were excited to show the kids how a dentist helps take care of the teeth and serve the dental health needs of the community. The kids got to see tools that Dr. Gardner uses and even went home with one of the most important tools a dentist uses, a toothbrush!

Dr. Gardner was excited to be a part of the Community Helper project that the Kindergarteners are working on this year. He knows how important dental health is to each member of our community here in Chesterfield, Virginia and that we need to teach kids at an early age how to brush and floss correctly.

At the end of Dr. Davis Gardner’s presentation, Danny the Dragon squirted water on the kids and they absolutely loved it!

Dr. Gardner’s son, Gavin was in attendance. According to Dr. Gardner, “Its always a pleasure to teach kids how to take care of their teeth and show them that dentists aren’t scary people.”

If you would like to have Dr. Gardner visit your elementary school class to teach about dental health, please call our office at 804-332-6310.

Looking for a dentist in Chesterfield, VA? We love Dr. Gardner at Bright Smiles Dental! The new office is located by Walmart and Hobby Lobby right off Hull Street in the Hancock Village Shopping Center. Call 804-332-6310 to schedule an appointment or fill out this quick contact form and we’ll contact you at a convenient time.

Zoom Whitening in Chesterfield, VA Now Available!

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Zoom Whitening in Chesterfield, VA

Dr. Davis Gardner is excited to announce that Zoom Whitening is now available at Bright Smiles Dental in Chesterfield, VA! Now you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in 60 minutes or less. And all while comfortably watching your favorite TV show! Its never been easier and more comfortable to whiten your teeth.

zoom-whitening-in-chair  This is Janice relaxing and watching Netflix while her teeth are being whitened by our new Zoom WhiteSpeed whitening lamp. Janice walked into our office with C1 shade of teeth and walked out 45 minutes later with shade OM2. That’s a TON whiter!

Dr. Gardner invested in the latest Zoom technology and purchased a WhiteSpeed Zoom whitening lamp. This lamp offers:

  • Clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in 45 minutes.
  • Variable settings so you can control the intensity and stay comfortable the entire time.
  • The Whitening LED Accelerator emits 100% greater light intensity than other lamps.
  • Uses 40% less energy than other Zoom models.
  •  No sensitivity. (99% of consumers in a study experienced little to no sensitivity with Zoom WhiteSpeed.)

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Here you can see Janice’s before and after her Zoom Whitening treatment. Janice whitened her teeth 6 shades in 45 minutes! She reported no sensitivity and her brilliant white smile brightened her day.

We are so excited about this new service! Everyone deserves a bright, white smiles and now you can get the snowy white smile of your dreams in less than an hour!

Want to try out our new Zoom light?? Zoom whitening appointments are available daily. Please call 804-332-6310 to schedule your appointment! Or fill out this quick contact form and we’ll contact you at a convenient time.

Now you can get the bright, white smile of your dreams today in Chesterfield, VA!

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Modern Dental Office Treatment Room

Modern Modern Dental Office Treatment Room with flat screen tv's and a refresh station for after your visit is done. Some really brilliant ideas for a dental office!

Modern Dental Office Treatment Room with Your Comfort in mind

At Bright Smiles Dental, our dental office is completely different! We offer a high-tech office with the latest technology in dental equipment as well as, technology for patient comfort. We understand that going to the dentist isn’t always a favorite thing to do.

So Dr. Davis Gardner decided to design his dental treatment rooms with the patient’s comfort and ease as the main goal for this space in his new dental office in Chesterfield, VA.

Let’s take a quick tour of the Bright Smiles treatment rooms so you can see the difference for yourself!  Continue reading