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Neal Nealis, DDS
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A common question I am often asked is, “Why do I need to have my teeth cleaned twice a year?” The "twice a year" or "every 6 months" dental cleaning and check up concept actually came about in the 1950's when a popular toothpaste company put out a television commercial about their toothpaste. They said, “Use our toothpaste and see your dentist twice a year!” Yes, the guidelines for dental cleaning frequency were taken from a television commercial. Are you surprised? I sure was when that fact was revealed to me many years ago in Dental Hygiene school.

The fact is that we are all different and it just goes to figure that our dental needs differ as well. Let’s get one thing straight, it is unethical to allow treatment needs be determined by television commercials or insurance companies. There are many factors that go into determining how often you should have your teeth cleaned; the health of your gums, your bone level, the amount of plaque you build up, if you smoke, take certain medications or are under going certain medical treatments. These all play a role in your healthcare. However, some people just enjoy having their teeth cleaned and prefer to visit me every 4 to 6 weeks.

What you may not realize is that every time you have a professional cleaning you are receiving a "gum treatment" as well as plaque removal. You may be one of those people who on the surface appear to have very little plaque build up. However, beneath the gums and out of view and range of your toothbrush, there could be a substantial amount of plaque causing bone loss and diseased tissue. The tools we use to clean your teeth are double edged and as I remove plaque and bacteria from under your gums I am simultaneously removing a thin layer of diseased tissue as well. This allows new, healthy fibers to grow out from the gum tissues and attach to your tooth higher up on the root. This means your healing!

Making and keeping your appointments is extremely important for your health and the health of others too. Every time you break an appointment you take away an opportunity for someone else to use that time to better their health.

If you are recommended to have more frequent professional cleanings and cost keeps you from doing so, I urge you to really consider the value of the treatment proposed. Nothing is better for your oral health than prevention, and regular professional cleanings are an instrumental ingredient of prevention. The fee is really no more than the cost of a massage or a trip to the barber and less than a set of hair highlights or round of golf, but the benefit is your health and your appearance.

Keep on Smiling!

-Mary Beth
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One of our happy patients, Elizabeth Hein, relaxing during her dental cleaning with MaryBeth.

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Excellent review by Patricia D. on 6/24/17 via Rate-a-Biz

The service is always professional each time I go. My treatment plan is kind of extensive, so I've had many appointments. Each time I come here the service is the highest quality that you can receive. I always leave feeling really great that this is the place I choose. I have total confidence in the care, and quality of service I receive from the entire staff. The friendly atmosphere makes you forget that you’re in a dental office. I look forward to my visits. Thank You Dr. Nealis, and your entire staff.

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The weekend of June 2-4, I attended the Quintessence Publishing symposium on dental ceramics held in San Diego, California. This meeting occurs once every three years and represents 25 speakers over a three day period. The meeting confirmed that we use the state of the art materials in our office. Listening to this number of speakers always presents new ideas that can be incorporated into our systems to make the process and sometimes the outcome just a little better. I firmly believe that growth seldom occurs through giant leaps but rather through a series of small steps. It is how our practice has grown over the years to what it is today.

-Dr. Neal
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Nothing says Happy Father's Day better than donuts and beer. Treating our dads of the office with just that on this wonderful weekend to celebrate them. Happy Father's Day to ALL of the great dads out there.

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Another great 5 star rating

From Kelli L on 5/13/2017 via Google

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5 Star review from Diana W on 5/26/17 via BirdEye

I've been seeing Dr Nealis and his staff for a little over a year. They are professional, thorough, and fun to be with. Dr Nealis is an ace diagnostician and I'm glad I found them.

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5 star review by Lori K. on 5/59/2017 via Rate a biz

Dr. Neal & staff are everything you would want and expect in a dental practice.

Dr. Neal and Marybeth have been working on my teeth for years. After moving away from the city, it never crossed my mind to leave them. Trying to find another Dentist and staff who care for their patients as much as this office, would be near impossible. In addition, Dr. Neal is a perfectionist with all the latest equipment! I leave there satisfied EVERY time. Not to mention, as you're getting worked on, the musical play list is awesome. Highly recommend this office.

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