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Bringing Laser Dentistry To Dental Hygienists 

BY LYNN ATKINSON, RDH | CLINICAL HYGIENE DIRECTOR GENESIS DENTAL GROUP


In modern dentistry, there are numerous technological advances that help dental professionals deliver the very best care for their patients. Dental lasers are one of the most useful devices that have arrived on the market; and while many new devices that debut are solely geared towards dentists, lasers are utilized by multiple professionals within the industry, including hygienists. Ensuring I provide the latest care for my patients is of great importance to me and my practice. I have been a dental hygienist for 30 years and have been using dental lasers for 24 of those years. I received my certification in laser treatment in 1996, and I have continued to see the positive impact dental lasers have had for so many of my patients over the past two decades. 

In clinical practice, we continue to see multiple success stories when we apply lasers to both hygiene and other procedures. Currently, I use the BIOLASE Epic 10Epic X, and most recently, Epic Hygiene diode lasers. I use the diode lasers for procedures dealing with soft tissue to include laser-assisted periodontal therapy, aphthous ulcer and herpetic lesion treatment, pain therapy, and teeth whitening. With lasers, I can also treat patients’ periodontal conditions with more predictable outcomes and more comfortable healing. This is something that is of high importance to many of the patients that we treat. The diode soft tissue lasers we use help ease patients’ fears about the dentist, as gentler and less invasive options to traditional procedures.

There are some treatments that were not an option for patients prior to the use of lasers. For example, debridement was previously performed with an instrument, usually a scaler, to debride the diseased tissue, unfortunately also removing healthy tissue. The diode laser completely changed the outcome, as it targets the diseased tissue while leaving the healthy tissue unscathed. At the same time, the periodontal procedure is completely comfortable for the patient as it requires minimal anesthesia and possibly just topical anesthetics. Additionally, aphthous ulcers and herpetic lesions treated with lasers reduce the discomfort, severity, and reoccurrence of the lesions. Finally, dental lasers have been a more comfortable and better option for patients needing pain therapy than traditional methods. The more that patients experience dental lasers, the happier they become with their dental treatment which makes my job as a hygienist that much easier and more rewarding.

The number one benefit BIOLASE diode lasers provide for patient comfort is the ability to treat soft tissues and inflammation. There are no contraindications in the use of lasers as long as they are used within the right parameters, allowing me to use the devices for a multitude of different procedures. Because I am able to perform more procedures with the lasers, my patients experience less discomfort during the treatment and require less time to heal.

One example of a patient success story we recently had was a patient with trigeminal neuralgia who has been in significant discomfort for more than eight years. Through treating the neuralgia with laser sessions of pain therapy, the patient has been able to have more pain-free days than ever before. This is just as exciting for us as it is for the patient, as our utmost goal is to provide comfort for those we treat and to help them return to their everyday lives as pain-free as possible.

As a registered dental hygienist and dental laser educator, my goal is for my patients to receive the best possible care available in dentistry and for my students to be able to administer this treatment within the proper parameters, and in the most comforting way possible. BIOLASE diode dental lasers help me to achieve both of these goals. Patients have better dental experiences with lasers and once dentists and hygienists are properly trained, they have a much easier time utilizing this treatment. Laser treatments are certainly the present and future of dentistry, and as more indications for dental lasers are approved more patients will have the opportunity to experience the advantages lasers have over traditional tools and techniques.

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WE ARE OPEN AND SEEING PATIENTS!

We are excited to return to service and get you back on track with your dental health! 

Please note our new office hours: 
Monday - Thursday from 8am-4pm
  

The change in office hours is part of the extra precautionary measures we are implementing in accordance with the CDC guidelines to ensure that our patients and team members are in a safe environment.  We consider it a privilege to service our community and we are committed to do the right thing in providing dental care and peace of mind. 

A team member will be calling you within the next couple of weeks to get you on our new appointment schedule.  Everyone’s health and well-being is very important to us, and we appreciate your understanding and patience during these challenging times. 

If you have any questions or have an emergency situation, please call us at 949.770.5266 and we will connect with you as soon as possible.  

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PRACTICE UPGRADES BEING MADE TO HELP PROTECT PATIENTS AND TEAM MEMBERS 

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same, our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been the top priority for our practice. Our office follows the ADA, CDC, and OSHA guidelines and recommendations. We are excited to share with you some of the upgrades that we’ve made to help protect our patients and team members. 

·       Hospital grade HEPA filtration systems throughout the office

·       UVC lighting disinfecting systems in all clinical areas

·       Lasers to reduce oral bacteria and viruses

·       State of the art sterilization systems

·       High Volume Evacuation systems to reduce aerosols

·       Enhanced safety protocols and Personal Protective Equipment for all team members 

Our official reopen date will be announced soon! Look for an email with more information and guidance. Should you have any questions or have an urgent dental issue, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 949-770-5266  or appointments@genesisdentalgroup.com.

We value your trust and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert O. Wolf and Genesis Dental Group Team

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DR. WOLF'S REVOLUTIONARY TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM, SMILE BOX, AIDS IN COMBATING THE CORONAVIRUS 

Did you know that hydrogen peroxide, the main ingredient in Smile Box teeth whitening, can help kill the Coronavirus? What better way to keep your mouth clean, whiten your teeth and freshen your breath, than with our own, Dr. Robert Wolf’s revolutionary teeth whitening system.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), studies have shown that 3% hydrogen peroxide is active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and spores. Smile Box teeth whitening foam has 3% hydrogen peroxide, which studies have shown will combat viruses in 6-8 minutes.

The Coronavirus, as well as other viruses, thrive in the nasal and oral cavities. Stepping up your at-home oral routine, with the help of Smile Box and its active ingredient of 3% hydrogen peroxide, will help you mitigate the virus.

Dr. Wolf is a practicing dentist at Genesis Dental Group in Mission Viejo, and tooth whitening pioneer who has developed of many teeth whitening products. This outstanding one-step dual action foam will not cause sensitivity issues and is safe to use on a daily basis. Smile Box teeth whitening foam can be used by itself or in conjunction with your favorite toothpaste.

Smile Box is a professional strength (3%) hydrogen peroxide-based teeth whitening foam that will instantly whiten teeth, remove tough stains, freshen breath, tastes great and will help kill the Coronavirus.

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DR. WOLF OF GENESIS DENTAL GROUP SETS UP DENTAL ER TO RELIEVE PRESSURE FROM HOSPITAL ERs DURING CORONAVIRUS

So proud of Dr. Wolf and his team at Genesis Dental Group for keeping his practice open and helping out emergency dental cases. During this time a lot of people found themselves in hospital emergency rooms with dental emergencies, but dentist, like Dr. Wolf answered the call to relieve pressure from the hospitals by keeping their doors open to help those in need. #dentaler #dentistshelphospitals

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GENESIS DENTAL GROUP UPDATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS 3/25/20

Genesis Dental Group team continues to respond to the current issues surrounding the Coronavirus. We would like to share some perspective on receiving dental care with Genesis Dental Group, during this time.

As with any rapidly developing situation, we are working around the clock to disseminate new information and to always operate in the best interest of our patients and our communities. Our intention is to provide some fact-based education on dental care during these trying times and to be available to provide essential dentistry to those in need.

Genesis Dental Group Best Practices:

·       Sterilizing all procedural instruments between patient use

·       Diligently cleaning and disinfecting all areas and surfaces, including door handles, countertops, phones, coffee machines, light switches, waiting and operatory furniture and rooms, walls, bathrooms, and other equipment multiple times each day with medical grade sanitizer

·       Washing hands frequently and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment

·       Ensuring employees who are ill or potentially exposed do not come to work

·       Rescheduling appointments for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of illness, have traveled in high-risk areas, or who have been exposed to COVID-19


What You Can Do:

The Coronavirus as well as other viruses thrive in the nasal and oral cavities. We can’t stress enough the importance of at-home oral care, especially at this time. Stepping up your at-home oral routine will help you to mitigate the virus. We recommend the follow prevention guidelines:

·       Maintain good oral hygiene, brush twice a day, floss and rinse

·       Drink plenty of water

·       Rinse your mouth with Listerine or an alcohol-free over-the-counter mouth rinse for at least 30 seconds to kill all viruses and germs. For a more “natural” way, you can use warm salt water to rinse, as salt has natural antibacterial properties

·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

·       Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer

·       Eat healthy foods

·       Maintain proper sleep habits

·       Wipe and disinfect all surfaces multiple times a day with disinfecting wipes. If you can’t get disinfecting wipes, hydrogen peroxide in a diluted form (0.5%) is effective against the coronavirus. Hydrogen peroxide should be left on surfaces for at least one minute before wiping

·       Stay at home if you are sick

·       Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away

·       Maintain “social distancing”

Genesis Dental Group is continuing to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA), as well as additional state and federal government updates and continue to keep our patients and team members health a top priority.

Since 1982, Genesis Dental Group has been at the forefront of exceptional dental care, always placing an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of our patients. During these uncertain times, we want you to know that Dr. Wolf and his team, of highly trained healthcare providers, are here for you to provide essential dentistry and are open providing a safe, clean and sterile environment for patients.

If you are suffering with an urgent dental issue, rest assured we are here to help restore your smile. Dr. Wolf and his team at Genesis Dental Group have always been committed to providing exceptional patient care and will remain open to support our patients needs.

Yours in good oral and overall health,
Dr. Robert O. Wolf and the entire team at Genesis Dental Group
 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Maintaining a Healthy Environment 3/20/20 

To our valued patients and community friends:

At Genesis Dental Group, we are committed to providing you exceptional patient care and will remain open to support our patients needs. Rest assured, we continue to take every precaution in reducing the spread of the Coronavirus and are diligently sterilizing our facility, screening patients for recent travel and illnesses, as well as keeping our team healthy.

While the new California order from Governor Newsom asks residents to “shelter in place”, we want you to know that within this order, the state considers your dental health care to be an “essential service.” Therefore, Genesis Dental Group is committed to our patients and will remain open for your care, with reduced hours.

The Coronavirus as well as other viruses thrive in the nasal and oral cavities. We can’t stress enough the importance of at-home oral care, especially at this time. Stepping up your at-home oral routine will help you to mitigate the virus. We recommend the follow prevention guidelines:

1. Maintain good oral hygiene, brush twice a day, floss and rinse
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Eat healthy foods
4. Maintain proper sleep habits
5. Wipe and disinfect all surfaces multiple times a day
6. Wash your hands frequently
7. Don’t touch your nose, eyes and mouth
8. Maintain “social distancing”

We are living through a time of uncertainty not knowing what will unfold in the weeks ahead. So now more than ever, we all need to do our part towards prevention. Your Genesis Dental Group team members are highly trained health care providers and are here to help you maintain good oral and overall health.

We continue to monitor the situation and are committed to your overall health and wellbeing and will remain open for your care. Please feel free to call 949.770.5266 or email appointments@genesisdentalgroup.com with any questions.

Yours in good oral and overall health,
Dr. Robert O. Wolf and the entire team at Genesis Dental Group

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