4/30/2020

Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Dental Exams and Cleanings

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on November 26, 2018


At a routine dental examRegular brushing and flossing can do a lot for your dental health, but it’s not always enough. Visiting Dowell Dental Group regularly allows your teeth and gums to the get the professional attention they deserve. Dr. Stephen C. Dowell will take x-rays, look at your teeth and gums closely, clean them thoroughly, and determine if additional dental procedures and advanced dentistry treatments are required to improve your oral health.

The team at our Minerva, OH dental care center would like to consider the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings. This may be the basics, but it’s a great reminder of why the basics are essential for great dental health.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

Ideally, people should visit a dentist every six months. Meeting with a dentist twice a year means routine checkups and maintenance of your teeth and gums, giving time for proper diagnosis as well as preventative care.

What Happens During an Exam?

Dental exams can vary from dentist to dentist and from patient to patient, but there are a few common procedures you can expect.

  • Routine Cleaning - Routine cleanings involve a thorough flossing followed by a meticulous polishing of the teeth using an electric toothbrush. Sometimes a cleaning is followed by a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the tooth enamel, though this is more common with younger patients.
  • Dental X-Rays - Dental x-rays allow dentists to get a better understanding of your teeth, their position in your mouth, and the structure of your jawbone. These x-rays are essential for diagnosing problems, and initiating preventative care.
  • Examining the Teeth and Gums - Your dentist will do more than just take x-rays during your visit. They will also check your teeth and gum up close. They’ll look for signs of tooth damage, gum disease, cavities, and even lesions, sores, and signs of oral cancer.
  • Planning Ahead - Typically each visit ends with a discussion of what’s next regarding your dental health. There may be a visit sooner than six months for necessary dental work, or just a reminder that you should schedule a visit six months down the road.

Why You Should Discuss Problems with Your Dentist

During your dental visit, feel free to discuss any dental problems you have with your dentist. Even though x-rays are taken and dentists will check your mouth carefully, there may be unique issues that are not detected. Recurring dental pain, grinding in the jaw, persistent dry mouth, and so forth are all worth discussing with your dentist.

Remember, the point of these checkups is to make sure you’re in good dental health. Speak with your dentist about oral health concerns just like you would bring up wellness issues with your general practitioner.

What If I Have Dental Concerns Between Check-Ups?

If you experience dental pain, a jaw problem, chronic bad breath, or some other dental health problems between checkups, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. We are here for you, and are ready to discuss your concerns and look into them as they arise.

Contact Dowell Dental Group

For more information about regular dental care and how we can help you have a healthy smile, be sure to contact our experienced cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach our two offices in Minerva at (330) 868-5001 and (330) 868-5080. You can also reach our Carrollton office at (330) 627-5005 and our Dover office at (330) 364-1414.

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We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Dr. Dowell is available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.

Dowell Dental Group

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