By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: August 2009
Dr. Dirk Thomas, Cher Frazier, and Kim LeFlore of Thomas Dental & Eye Care in Owasso.
Continuing education is important in any profession, and the staff at Thomas Dental & Eye Care is serious about staying up to date on the latest products and procedures in dentistry. While the state requires 30 hours of education every three years, Dr. Dirk Thomas says that his staff routinely exceeds that amount. As members of the Oklahoma Dental Association and the American Dental Association, the team attends annual conventions as well as hygienic-specific conventions.
Registered dental hygienists Cher Frazier and Kim LeFlore have already made a commitment to a high level of professional training. They recently attended a conference on “Enamel Therapy: The Next Generation of Care” and came back excited about the breakthroughs being made in the field.
One of the new products being used at Thomas Dental is MI Paste, a calcium and phosphate recaldent derived from milk casein. Cher says that it is proven to help re-mineralize tooth enamel, making it harder and more decay-resistant. “If you catch decay before it gets through the enamel layer and replace the lost minerals, you don’t have to drill it.” The MI Paste is easy to use as well; after brushing and flossing, a small amount is applied to the tooth surfaces using a cotton swab or your fingertip and is left on overnight. Because it is topically applied, it can be used without worry of toxicity. It can be used by those who are lactose intolerant, but is not recommended for those with true milk allergies.
Kim Leflore adds that the MI Paste has been very effective in preventing and eliminating white spots caused by decalcification during orthodontic treatment. “Depending on your situation, Dr. Thomas will either recommend the use of MI Paste at home, or a more concentrated treatment series in the office. It can take one to four visits to achieve the desired results on white spots.” Patients have been very pleased with the results.
As summer winds down and the school year sneaks around the corner, now is the time to make appointments for dental and vision checkups. Cher Frazier explained that in these cost-conscious times, preventative care is the key to good dental health and is a wise investment of your money. With or without dental insurance, annual preventative care is very cost-effective. For around $300 per year, a patient can have two exams, two cleanings and a set of X-rays. This yearly care, along with good brushing, flossing and proper diet, helps prevent problems that could result in thousands of dollars of care over a lifetime.
Regular dental care also incorporates other preventative measures such as sealants, a coating applied to the chewing surfaces to help prevent decay that can result in cavities. “If you cut into a tooth, you are taking away tooth structure permanently. Over your lifetime, that one tooth needing to be filled, refilled and possibly crowned could cost thousands of dollars unnecessarily. Preventative care is a much better option,” says Cher.
The offices of Thomas Dental & Eye Care provide a calm, relaxed atmosphere and the highest quality of care for your dental and vision needs. From the peaceful waiting room to the reclining memory-foam exam chairs to the private screens and family movies available for your viewing, your comfort and care come first.
Thomas Dental & Eye Care is located in Owasso on 86th Street North at 124th East Avenue. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and both doctors are accepting new patients and participate in most major insurance plans. Emergency appointments are available as needed.