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Lake Oconee Dentistry Celebrates 18th Anniversary Serving Lake Area Residents

June 13, 2016

Filed under: Blog,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:10 pm
happy anniversaryThis year marks the 18th anniversary of Lake Oconee Dentistry. Owned and operated by Drs. David and Patti Bradley, the practice provides standard preventive maintenance exams and cleanings, as well as a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental enhancements.

“It’s hard to believe that we have been practicing in this community for nearly two decades,” says Dr. Patti Bradley.  “The amazing people who live here have made the last 18 years so enjoyable for us.”

The Bradleys saw their first dental patient in Greensboro on May 11, 1998. Recently out of dental school, they opened a practice at the entrance to Harbor Club, living in a small apartment over the office. Since then Lake Oconee Dentistry has grown from two doctors and one employee, to three doctors and 22 employees, including six hygienists. The practice moved to a larger location in 2013, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater. In 2014, Dr. Shelly Pound joined the practice. Lake Oconee Dentistry has won regular recognition as a top dentist by Lake Oconee Living and Atlanta magazines, and has been voted the area’s “Best Dentist” by readers of The Lake Oconee Breeze for four years running.

Dr. David Bradley says the growth the practice has experienced over the last several years allows them to provide more convenient options and an unparalleled patient experience. Multiple practitioners allow the practice to offer early and late appointment times so patients don’t have to miss work or school. Multiple doctors ensures there is always availability for emergency care, and regular training helps ensure team members continue to provide exceptional customer service.

“As we’ve grown, we’ve become more and more patient focused,” he says. “We are continually working to make our patients’ visits more pleasant and more convenient because we truly believe the little things make the difference between an average experience and an extraordinary one.”

The Bradleys have always placed a high priority on continuing education and stay on top of the latest dental techniques and trainings. Both doctors hold Fellowships from the American Academy of General Dentistry, a prestigious distinction held by less than four percent of all general dentists in the U.S. and Canada. Last November, Dr. David Bradley was inducted as a fellow into the International College of Dentists, which is awarded by invitation only to dentists who have made significant contributions to their profession.

Reflecting on the practice’s anniversary, Dr. Patti Bradley says: “It’s been fun to grow in the area and with the area. We love living and working in this community. We hope to keep people smiling for years to come.”

Dr. David Bradley Inducted into the International College of Dentists

November 19, 2015

Filed under: Awards,Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 5:47 pm
David Bradley
Dr. David Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) at the organization’s 86th Annual Convocation in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2015.

The ICD awards its prestigious fellowships by invitation only to dentists who have made significant contributions to their profession in the areas of leadership, integrity, education and service, and who have undergone a thorough peer review process. Dr. Bradley’s fellowship in the ICD is a career achievement that spotlights his passion for service to the patients in his care, as well as his peers in the industry.

“Only four percent of American dentists are offered fellowship in the ICD, so it is truly an honor to be recognized as part of this elite group,” says Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley received his undergraduate training from the University of Kentucky.  He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1995.  Since then, he has completed over 1,300 hours of post-graduate education, including coursework in short-term orthodontics, TMJ (jaw-joint) disorders, conscious sedation, dental implants, advanced restorative and cosmetic techniques, and sleep apnea.

Established in 1928, the International College of Dentists (ICD) is the oldest and largest international honorary dental organization.  The college has representative chapters in more than 120 countries, and over 11,000 members, including about 6,500 in the United States.

Over 100 People Receive Free Dental Care!

October 26, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Giving Back,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 6:26 pm
Dr. David Bradley and dental assistant Sheena Woodman provide free care as part of Lake Oconee Dentistry's Dentistry from the Heart event held October 23rd.

Dr. David Bradley and dental assistant Sheena Woodman provide free care as part of Lake Oconee Dentistry’s Dentistry from the Heart event held October 23rd.

Lake Oconee Dentistry hosted its Dentistry from the Heart event last Friday, October 23rd, providing a free day of dental care to 102 area residents.  This is the fifth time Lake Oconee Dentistry has held this event.

Patients began lining up for treatment at 6:30 p.m. the day prior to the event. Drs. David and Patti Bradley were joined by their associates, Dr. Shelly Pound and Dr. Wendy Cardenas, as well as other Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and team members. Dr. David Miller and his team from Lake Oconee Oral Surgery Center, once again donated their time, as well. This was Dr. Miller’s fourth year participating in the event.

The doctors, in cooperation with a team of dental professionals and volunteers, provided 59 extractions, 26 fillings and 38 cleanings at no charge. Community volunteers, as well as local groups including Lakeside Church and St. Vincent de Paul, were also on hand to assist.  This year’s event provided nearly $25,000 in free dental care to those in need.

“Dentistry from the Heart has become an important way for us to provide help to those who have no means of affording much-needed dental care,” says Dr. David Bradley. “Oral health can play a significant role in a person’s overall health.  This event is about helping people stay healthy by preventing tooth decay, pain and future disease.  It’s our way of serving the community and something we always look forward to.”

Meet Dr. Wendy Cardenas

October 19, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 4:00 pm
DrWendyVerticalDrs. David and Patti Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Cardenas as the newest member of their dental team.  Dr. Cardenas will be providing a full range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, including crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, professional whitening and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Cardenas to our practice,” says Dr. David Bradley.  “Her strong background in all areas of general dentistry allows us to continue to offer a high level of dental care, while also providing another set of skilled hands to help serve our patients.”

Originally from Powder Springs, GA, Dr. Cardenas studied at the University of Georgia in Athens, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Nutrition Science.  She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) from the Medical College of Georgia (now known as Georgia Regents University) in Augusta.  Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Cardenas completed a one-year residency in Bangor, Maine where she received further training in all aspects of general dentistry, including periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, implants and orthodontics.  Most recently, Dr. Cardenas worked in a pediatric dental practice in Marietta, GA.

Dr. Cardenas is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of General Dentistry and the Georgia Dental Association.  She strongly believes in the value of giving back and is a three-time volunteer with the Georgia Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy, which provides dental services to low- and no-income adults across the state.

“I’m excited to join such a well-established practice,” says Dr. Cardenas.  “Lake Oconee Dentistry has a tremendous reputation in the community, and I look forward to adding my skills to the mix.”

You can learn more about Dr. Wendy, by checking out the following video


Lake Oconee Dentistry Hosts Free Day of Dental Care

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts,Giving Back,Our Practice — lakeoconeeteam @ 3:54 pm
IMG_4860Lake Oconee Dentistry will host a free day of dental care in association with Dentistry from the Heart on Friday, October 23rd at its office located at 1011 Parkside Main, between the Publix parking lot and the movie theater in Greensboro.

Drs. David and Patti Bradley will be joined by their associates Dr. Shelly Pound and Dr. Wendy Cardenas, as well as Lake Oconee Dentistry hygienists, dental assistants and other team members, to provide free extractions, fillings and cleanings for those in need.  Dr. David Miller, an oral surgeon and owner of Lake Oconee Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, will also be donating his time along with his team in order to help as many people as possible.

This is the fifth year that Lake Oconee Dentistry has hosted this event.  The last event, held in 2013, provided nearly $40,000 in free dental care to the local community. Dentistry from the Heart has become a way for Drs. David and Patti Bradley to share their hearts with the lake area by making healthcare available and accessible to everyone.

“Now, more than ever, there are people in need of dental services who have no means to afford them — whether they are unemployed or experiencing some other serious financial difficulty,” says Dr. David Bradley.  “Dentistry from the Heart is one of the many ways that Lake Oconee Dentistry is helping people in our local community.”

Doctors and volunteers will treat the first 100 patients, and possibly more if time allows that day.  Treatment will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Event registration will begin at 7 a.m. and patients will be seen through 5 p.m.  Patients must be at least 12 years of age to be seen, and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18. Patients are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, water, snacks, etc. as they wait outside for their turn.  Community volunteers and other local groups will also be on hand to assist that day.

Dentistry from the Heart is a registered national non-profit organization with a simple mission — making people smile.  Founded in 2001 by Dr. Vincent Monticciolo in New Port Richey, Florida, Dentistry from the Heart was created to offer free dental work to aid those in need, including the growing population of under-served Americans.  Without sponsored events like Dentistry from the Heart, dental care simply isn’t an option for many people.  Over 300 Dentistry from the Heart events are held around the world annually, helping thousands of patients and giving millions in free dentistry.

Your Regularly Scheduled Visits Are About More Than Clean Teeth

August 19, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 10:45 pm

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why it’s so important to see us every six months? From oral health maintenance to serious disease prevention, there are a lot of reasons to keep your semi-annual visits on your calendar.

Open Wide And Say “Aahhh”

So what do we look for when we examine your pearly whites? During typical checkups we examine the overall health of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and checking up on the condition of existing dental work. X-rays may also be taken to ensure the health of the roots of your teeth, and to reveal things we cannot see.

Once we examine your mouth and teeth, it’s cleaning time. We do so by:

  • Doing an overall cleanliness check
  • Removing plaque and tartar
  • Polishing your teeth
  • Flossing between your teeth

After your teeth are cleaned, we’ll talk about recommendations for keeping your teeth and gums healthy until your next regular visit.

Thinking Outside The Mouth

While a clean and vibrant smile is a definite confidence booster, it can also promote sound overall health. Bacteria from untreated gum disease can spread to other parts of the body and increase the risk of heart disease and other serious conditions.

We can also spot warning signs of other conditions. Things such as vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis and even diabetes can present symptoms in our mouths.

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense

Regular dental visits not only keep our teeth and gums clean but they can help prevent against more serious issues. Here’s a few tips to keep your smile healthy between checkups:

We Care About Your Whole Body Health

Our practice is focused on the latest treatments to create healthy and resilient smiles. In addition to helping your smile look and feel its best, we’re committed to your overall health. We want to make sure you’re as healthy as possible when you visit us!

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!


Top image by Flickr user Seth Lemmons used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

What Does Dentistry’s Emblem Mean?

August 12, 2015

Filed under: Blog — lakeoconeeteam @ 7:52 pm

HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU taken a close look at dentistry’s emblem? Probably never, right?! Well, we love the things it represents.

The Symbol’s Basic Elements

The frame of the symbol may look like a triangle and circle intertwined, but those are actually the Greek letters “delta” and “omicron.” These letters stand for “dental,” and “odont” (or “tooth”).

In the middle of the symbol, you’ll notice a couple of fanned branches. There’s a total of 32 leaves, representing 32 permanent teeth. The branches also have 20 berries, representing 20 primary teeth.

The Difference Between Two Snakes And One

The main focus of dentistry’s official emblem is the staff of Asclepius, a serpent twined around a rod. This is often confused with the caduceus, a winged baton with two twined serpents. The caduceus, a common medical symbol, refers to the messenger god Mercury, since he was also patron god of alchemy, magic, and chemists.

However, the staff of Asclepius stands for something different.

Asclepius is the Greek god of healing. It’s said that early in his life, he helped heal a snake (an ancient symbol of renewal and wisdom), and in return, that snake gave him knowledge about healing.

The staff of Asclepius is about more than mystical fixes. It’s symbolic of wellness, and wisdom in leading a healthy, full life. In fact, Asclepius’ daughter is the goddess Hygeia, of cleanliness and hygiene.

Dentistry Is Focused On Preventive Care And Lifelong Health

While dentistry is able to bring about some astonishing fixes that seem like magic, our focus is always on prevention and wellness. We believe in fixing problems before they even start, and protecting your teeth for a lifetime.

A healthy mouth is important for more than just your teeth. Infections in the gums can travel throughout the body and contribute to problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, RA, and diabetes. Your regular dental visits are essential for a lifetime of full-body health.

We appreciate the opportunity to be your dental family and your healthcare partners for life. We treasure our relationship with you. If you ever have questions about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Feeling Crowded? Here’s a Simple Fix

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts,Promotion,Your Appearance — lakeoconeeteam @ 1:26 pm
We get a lot of questions from adults who are experiencing crowding and shifting in their smile as they grow older.

This is a very common problem and, the good news is, it’s a simple fix!

Our office manager, Lea Justice, is just finishing up her orthodontic treatment with Smart Moves — an affordable alternative to Invisalign. Smart Moves allowed Lea to achieve a straighter smile in just 4 months! If you’re curious about the process and want to know more, be sure to click on the video below.


Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies

August 5, 2015

Filed under: Blog,Dental Posts — lakeoconeeteam @ 8:37 pm

INJURIES ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN when we least expect them. Picture yourself at an outdoor gathering, having fun, when suddenly a crying child runs up to you, knocked-out tooth in hand. Would you know what to do?

Dental First Aid Saves Teeth

Knocking out or fracturing a tooth is especially distressing—just thinking about it can make you uncomfortable! But knowing what to do within the first hour after dental damage occurs can save the tooth. Here’s your plan of action:

1. Carefully recover the tooth.

Pick up the tooth by the crown, do not touch the root. If necessary, gently rinse the tooth in water or milk, but do not scrub or brush the root.

2. Don’t let the tooth dry out.

If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with fingers or by gently biting on gauze. If you can’t reimplant the tooth, keep it in milk (not water) or inside the cheek until you can find help.

3. Seek professional dental care immediately.

You’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if you get to a dentist or emergency room within an hour.

Prevent Injuries Before They Happen

Accidents happen, but there are many steps you can take to prevent dental damage! These include:

  • wearing a mouthguard for sports
  • not chewing ice and other extremely hard foods
  • using scissors to open packages, not your teeth

Teeth are strong, but they can only last a lifetime if you do your part to keep them safe and healthy!

No Matter What Happens, We’re Here For You

Part of what makes dental injury so traumatic is the thought that the damage could be permanent. We’re here to assure you that even if a tooth cannot be saved, we have the knowledge and tools to restore your smile! Should a dental emergency ever occur, see us as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading! We treasure the trust you place in our team as your lifelong dental health partners. Remember to protect your teeth!

Top image by Flickr user Melissa Wiese used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The Delicate Balance of Oral Bacteria

July 29, 2015

Filed under: Blog — lakeoconeeteam @ 9:35 pm

THE BACTERIA IN OUR BODIES vastly outnumber our human cells! And no matter how much we brush, floss, or rinse, our mouths will always be home to billions of microbes. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

Different types of bacteria keep others in check, and most aren’t anything to worry about. But maintaining this balance requires some effort on your part—to support the good bacteria and limit the growth of the bad.

Our Oral Ecosystems

Recent studies estimate that there are about 1000 species of oral bacteria, with 100 to 200 in any given individual. Microbes live off nutrients found in saliva, and on our gums, teeth and tongues. In a healthy mouth, beneficial bacteria fight disease-causing germs and fungi. They’re actually our immune system’s first responders! The constant flow of saliva also helps keep acid-producing bacteria from getting established. But even with all these defenses, harmful microbes can still upset the balance.

Bad Bacteria Causes Bad Breath

Poor oral hygiene and other conditions like dry mouth create an environment in which harmful bacteria thrive. An excess of sugar residue from candy, soda and other foods speeds up the already explosive microbe growth. The bacterial imbalance can result in chronic bad breath, canker sores, higher risk of illness, tooth decay and other problems.

5 Steps For A Healthy Oral Environment

By following a good oral care routine, you can make sure the scale is always tipped in favor of the good bacteria! Create an oral environment that promotes beneficial microbes with these five steps:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day
  2. Floss daily, and scrape your tongue daily
  3. Limit consumption of foods high in sugars, and rinse with water after eating
  4. Avoid dry mouth by chewing sugar-free gum
  5. Don’t share toothbrushes or other items that touch the mouth

Since every oral environment is different, there may be other factors that are influencing your personal flora and fauna. As you come in for regular dental checkups, we can keep tabs on your unique oral profile. Together, we’ll determine a personalized plan if anything needs to be changed to keep your mouth at its healthiest.

We’re honored to be your partner in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for being our valued patient!

Top image by Flickr user Ekke used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
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