The winds of change in dentistry

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Each fall dentists from around our nation gather to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association.  Most years the meeting centers around improving the quality of our care.  Hundreds of continuing education seminars along with tremendous displays of new products, equipment and techniques keep the average dentist busy for...

If it sounds too good to be true….

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Spend time on Facebook or any other website for that matter and you will see advertisements for do-it-yourself dentistry. Just today I was solicited for mail-order orthodontics and do-it-yourself veneers. No dentist needed.  These might seem like a great way to save money and get a nicer smile – but there are plenty of pitfalls. Some of...

Business before pleasure

New bill limits insurance companies ability to take back benefits By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When trying to decide what to name this month’s column I was stumped for awhile. Yet it seems that we are going to spend a small time talking about the current state of healthcare legislation and then laughing at the lastest fad. The truth is that what I am going to share...

Was your dentist there?

Continuing education allows your dentist and their staff to stay up to date By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Two weeks ago I attended the 30th annual Greater Philadelphia Valley Forge Dental Conference. This annual meeting of the dental community is primarily focused on continuing education. As a member of the organizing committee I had a chance to speak with dentists, vendors...

For your dental office, it’s like a month of Black Fridays

Between the holiday rush and end of benefits year, your dentist may be oversubscribed By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s holiday time. Just in case you missed the catalogs stuffed in your mailbox. The thousands of emails with “extended black Friday savings” or the sparkling Christmas trees, waiting to replaced by valentine hearts on December 26th. Yes, the year is...

Did you make your hygienist smile today?

Dental hygienists are the first line of defense in dental health By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Too often in the closely scheduled day in dental practice we neglect to thank those people who we really can’t do without. The modern dental practice depends heavily on the services provided by registered dental hygienists. A great dental hygienist is a tremendous advocate...

Porcelain laminate veneers – something to smile about

You can create an entirely new smile in just a few visits By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times What is a veneer? For more than 20 years dentists have had the technology to create lifelike appearing veneers to give teeth a flawless appearance.  Also known as laminates, veneers are usually custom made from porcelain.  Porcelain veneers can make uneven or crooked teeth appear...

Taking a bite out of ‘Back to School’

A handful of tips to make it easier to get your child dentally ready for the school year By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s the beginning of August and signs proclaiming back to school have been popping up everywhere.  As a mom, I approach the upcoming start of school with a mixture of enthusiasm and trepidation.  As a dentist I can offer a few tidbits to make the...

Why I belong to the ADA

Why patients should care if their dentist belongs, too By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Last week as I was traveling home from the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, I started thinking about why I have been a member since my first days as a dentist. I joined the American Student Dental Association as a dental student nearly 30 years ago and have been a...

Was that my tooth?

A cracked or broken tooth is not something to ignore By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD, FAGD, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear about a broken tooth.  Broken or cracked teeth are the most common reason that tooth needs crown or even root canal treatment. A broken tooth is one of the most common dental emergencies. Why does this happen? There are several reasons...