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Dr. Paige WellsCHANNAHON — Dr. Paige Wells is the newest addition to Grand Dental’s team in Channahon.

Grand Dental – Channahon is part of Grand Dental Group and provides general and specialty dental care to patients in the greater Channahon and Minooka area and their surrounding communities.

“Dr. Paige is an amazing asset to our dental team,” said Anna Pogliano, Office Manager at Grand Dental — Channahon.  “Her exceptional skills and gentle chairside manner are exactly what our patients look for in a dentist.”

Dr. Paige Wells completed her undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago and graduated Cum Laude in Biology. She then graduated from the dental program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove before joining the Grand Dental team.

Dr. Paige is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society. When she isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Wells and her husband enjoy traveling, summertime boating and fishing, and time with their puppy, Hannah.

Dr. Wells is a licensed general dentist and accepting new patients of all ages. She provides a wide range of dental procedures and services for patients and will work in tandem with Grand Dental Channahon’s periodontist, orthodontist, and general dentists.

Grand Dental – Channahon has been a part of the Channahon and Minooka communities for nearly 20 years. They provide general and specialty dental services to patients of all ages and are passionate about community involvement and extraordinary care.

Grand Dental – Channahon is located at 25158 W. Eames St. in Channahon. For more information, call visit www.granddentalgroup.com, email cfd@granddentalgroup.com or call (815) 467-1111.

Dr. Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor

March is Women’s History Month and the dental profession has a long and interesting history involving women in dentistry. Although it is very common to see female dentists today, such was not always the case. In fact, the first female ever to be recognized as a professionally trained and educated dentist was at first denied enrollment into medical and dental schools because of her gender. Dr. Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor (1833-1910) has a fascinating history as detailed by the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry:

Dr. Hobbs was originally interested in medicine, but was refused admittance into the Eclectic Medical College in Cincinnati. She turned to Jonathan Taft, the Dean of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Taft personally educated Taylor in his own dental office after the dental school also refused to enroll Ms. Taylor. In 1861, Lucy opened her own private dental practice in Iowa. This was considered acceptable at the time as most dentists had little or no formal training.  Her practice was profitable and her reputation was excellent. These facts, along with pressure from the Iowa State Dental Society, prompted The Ohio College of Dental Surgery to accept Lucy into their school. After she completed their requirement of one class only, Dr. Hobbs was granted a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  Dr. Hobbs then opened a dental practice in Chicago and married James Taylor. She taught her husband the art and science of dentistry and the two ran a dental practice in Kansas. Dr. Hobbs was a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and desired “to enter a profession where she could earn her bread not alone by the sweat of her brow, but by the use of her brains also.”

Today, not only are women dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental administrative staff persons, but the number of female dentists actively practicing dentistry has increased nearly 44% since 2001. According to the American Dental Association, more than 1 in 4 practicing dentists are female, the highest ratio recorded thus far, highlighting further how the opportunities have grown for women.

The US Consumer Reports recently listed Dentists and Dental Hygienists as the #1 and #5 top career in the US, and More.com states the dental profession is one of the top 10 jobs for women who desire to blend their careers with their personal lives. Organizations such as the American Association of Women Dentists specifically advocate for and support females in dentistry.

Dr. Geraldine Morrow became the first female president of the American Dental Association in 1991, and their first female executive director, Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, in 2009.

At Grand Dental Group, we are proud to offer a supportive and inspiring environment for highly motivated female staff members. Our offices currently employee 2 female dentists, 13 female dental hygienists, and dozens of female dental assistants and administrative professionals. We know that women have high expectations for excellent patient care and are an asset to our offices. Our patients and company alike benefit significantly from the historical advances that women have made in dentistry as well as the care and talents that female dental professionals bring to our team today.

 

Pregnancy and Oral Health

We at Grand Dental Group know that seeing your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis is very important for your oral and overall health. This is never truer than for the expectant female patient. Dental exams are a significant part of pre-natal care and are imperative to maintain optimal overall health for both mother and child.

Most commonly, pregnancy-induced hormonal changes can increase the risk of developing gun disease. This is often referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”, and can be recognized by tender gums that bleed easily. Gingivitis indicates an increase in both the amount of bacteria in a pregnant woman’s mouth as well as an increase in the inflammation in her body. Both of these can factor into the health of the unborn baby. If tenderness and bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, contact your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation of your oral health.

What to expect at the dentist

When visiting your dental office, make sure you let your dentist and hygienist know if you are or could possibly be pregnant. Your dental care providers will alter your treatment and care based upon your needs and the safety of your unborn baby. For example, dental treatment during your first and third trimesters should be avoided if at all possible. This first trimester is a critical time in the baby’s growth and development and most obstetricians recommend withholding from dental treatment until gestation reaches week 13. Furthermore, during the third trimester, most expectant mothers are beginning to feel uncomfortable and again dental care is generally postponed. For example, lying on your back during dental treatment can cause mothers to feel faint during the last trimester, making syncope a concern. Routine dental care is best received during the second trimester, when both mother and baby are most comfortable and safe. When possible, non-essential dental care should be performed during this middle trimester or after the baby is born.

It is not uncommon for dental emergencies, such as traumas and infections, to occur during pregnancy. When these situations arise, controlling the infection and treating the emergency are of the utmost importance. In such cases, it is possible that your dentist may recommend radiographs or x-ray imaging for evaluation. Today’s technology has made exposure to x-rays much safer and your dental team will be sure to protect you and your baby with the use of a lead apron or shield. In addition, only the minimum amount of radiographs will be taken as a precaution.

Morning sickness, chronic or intermittent nausea and vomiting are also troublesome for your teeth during pregnancy. If mothers become ill, rinsing with water can help control acids in the mouth and protect the teeth. We at Grand Dental Group recommend that pregnant women continue to brush and floss regularly. If nausea prevents that from happening, talk to your dentist or hygienist about alternative ways to keep your teeth healthy. Many times, simply switching toothpastes to a different flavor or consistency can provide relief for pregnant women.

Staying healthy while pregnant

Frequently eating and drinking sugary snacks can pose potential tooth decay concerns and we understand that avoiding sweets when a pregnancy craving hits is difficult! Just remember that the more snacks you eat, the greater chance there is of developing tooth decay. Be mindful of what you eat and how often you indulge in your sweet tooth. Believe it or not, your baby’s primary teeth start to develop by your second trimester!

With the lack of sleep and proper eating, stress, and hormonal changes that come with a newborn baby, new moms and nursing mothers may still notice the same dental issues that came with pregnancy. The good news is most of the trouble with your teeth and gums can be avoided with good oral hygiene and by visiting your dental health care provider before, during and after your pregnancy.

Not only is dental care safe during pregnancy it can also help prevent health problems for the mother and baby. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should continue seeing your dentist and dental hygienist for routine exams and cleanings while pregnant! Consultation with an obstetric provider is important prior to providing dental care when an expectant mother is considered to be “high risk”.  Oral health is important to systemic health. Untreated dental disease may not only harm you, it may also be harmful to your baby.  It’s very important to let your dentist and hygienist know you are pregnant. In addition, inform them of any medications you’re taking while pregnant and keep them aware of any changes in your oral health.

Some things to expect when you’re expecting include increased risk of gingivitis and possibly even lumps or swellings of the gums.  Rising hormones make your gum tissue more sensitive to plaque leading to gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis may cause increase swelling, tenderness and bleeding of the gum tissue. More frequent cleanings may be recommended during pregnancy, and are generally considered very safe.

Preventative care including fluoride, diagnosis and treatment of dental disease can be carried out. Dental emergencies may arise which require treatment while pregnant. If necessary, radiographs may be taken using a lead abdominal shield including a thyroid collar. Depending on the situation, antibiotics that are safe to use while pregnant may be prescribed.

During pregnancy it’s normal to snack between meals. Avoiding sugary snacks and foods can help prevent tooth decay. Bacteria convert sugar to acid and the more frequently sugar is consumed repeated acid attacks can cause decay.

Continuing with regular dental visits after the baby is born will lessen the chances of passing oral bacteria to your baby. If you are expecting, contact your doctor or dentist to discuss any questions you have.

Sources:

Considerations for the Dental Treatment of Pregnant Women, A Resource for Connecticut Dentists. Retrieved from http://csda.com/dentalresources/ConsiderationsDentalTreatmentPregnantWoman_singlelayout.pdf

Oral during pregnancy, What to expect when you’re expecting. Retrieved from
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Dr. Jordan Johnson. Mother and Babies. Retrieved from
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