2014 has been an exciting year for our team! We established a satellite office in Snyder in January of 2014 and Dr. Veronica Copeland and several members of our team are working diligently to provide excellent dental care to our new and current patients in the Snyder area. Some of the new team members in Snyder include:
Jordan Hammond is a registered dental hygienist from Colorado City, TX (or C City as she would say) who is caring for our Snyder patients. She is a valuable addition and we are glad to have her!
Hollie Gonzalez, Brooke Burleson and Molly Munkres are new team members providing clinical assistance to Dr. Copeland. We are very thankful for these new members of our team! Kamie Smith has also been an excellent clinical assistant during 2014 but will be taking another position in the new year.
On the front desk, Sarah Robinson, Yolanda Gonzalez and Cindy Robinson have all provided scheduling and treatment planning. In the new year, Yolanda will be the primary person at the front desk. She has really taken ownership of this new position – and will continue assisting Dr. Hamblen in Lubbock as well!
The Snyder office is open Thursday and Friday and is located at 5305 Trinity Blvd #F – right across from Cogdell Hospital. The phone number there is (325) 515-5064 and will be answered by the Lubbock office at other times.
Oral and Overall Health
Other exciting news for our entire team is our ongoing training in the link between oral health and overall health. Our team completed extensive training in November in San Antonio with Dr. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen. We now know and have the ability to help improve overall health by identifying and lessening bacteria in the mouth that has been linked to inflammation throughout the body.
Beyond the normal concerns of cavities and straight teeth, your oral health can have a negative or positive impact on many aspects of your overall physical health. In fact, some of the first signs of a disease can appear in your mouth.
The bacteria that are constantly invading your mouth can be kept under control when proper brushing and flossing are taking place. But when they are not kept under control, bacteria can infiltrate your body through the bloodstream causing or exacerbating other conditions in your body.
Such conditions as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, respiratory conditions, and diabetes can be affected by poor oral health. Poor dental health can also affect sleeping patterns, development in children, and potentially cause premature births. Were you aware brushing your teeth could be so vital to you outside of your teeth and gums?
If you weren’t already convinced that maintaining your oral health was important, hopefully understanding better the relationship between oral and overall health will help out. Ask us what symptoms you should be aware of and what important dental care steps you can take to protect you and your family’s’ overall health. For additional information, an excellent video is available at the following address:
American Diabetes Association. Another exciting event in 2014 involved our team and the American Diabetes Association. At the suggestion of April Cate and Tonya Ellerd, we hosted a benefit roping to benefit the ADA and raised over $10,000. We are exceedingly proud of our team and the positive contribution we were able to make for research and support of Type I and Type II diabetics in the Lubbock area. We are already looking forward and planning a bigger and better roping in 2015!
And a final note…..
We are so happy to have you as patients. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful dental family! If we can be any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to give us a call in Lubbock (806) 794-1131 or in Snyder (325) 515-5064. We wish you the Merriest of Christmases and hope that 2015 is your best year ever!