Choose Between Two Options
- $69 for Comprehensive Exam and Velscope Oral Cancer Screening ($295 value)
- $59 for Teeth Cleaning, FMX-Ray, Take Home Teeth Whitening Kit ($290 value)
Plaque: Bacteria on Attack
Though trips to the dentist are important, the real work of dental hygiene is done at home. Get inspired to floss daily with Groupon’s analysis of plaque.
Most people have been told since childhood that eating too much sugar causes tooth decay, but there’s an important step between the candy bar and the cavity. Plaque is the pale and ruthless mercenary that carries out sugar’s program of decay. It’s made up of the countless bacteria living in the mouth that multiply when it’s left unbrushed or unflossed. Every time we have a snack or a sip of soda, all those seemingly invisible organisms are feeding too, and as they digest sugars and carbohydrates, they produce harmful acids that eat into the teeth. What’s more, plaque left hanging around eventually hardens into tartar, which can cause gum disease.
The mouth is never entirely rid of bacteria: scientists have found that on one square millimeter of clean tooth surface, about 1,000 organisms make their home. In the course of 12 hours, that bacteria can reproduce up to four times, meaning that it spreads exponentially if left unchecked: after four days without brushing, that same tiny surface can end up housing 256,000 organisms, each one of them busy posting Craigslist ads for more roommates.
Infinite Dental Wellness
Most popular service: Smile makeovers
Brands Used: Nobel Biocare, Invisalign, Lumineers, Velscope, Arestin, 3M
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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Q&A with the Doctor
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Achieving a complete smile makeover by incorporating Invisalign (to move teeth), periodontal surgery (soft-tissue grafting), oral surgery (implant placement and bone augmentation), and cosmetic restorations (crowns, bridges, and veneers made with biomimetic materials, such as porcelain and white fillings, instead of cast metal and silver/mercury amalgam dental restorative materials). Plus, our patients love the gentleness of our doctors.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing the happy faces of our patients after our work is done.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
[We have a] modern and clean office that doesn't smell like a pharmacy. Plus, lots of sunshine from huge windows lowers the anxiety level of our patients. And if that is not enough, we offer a 15-minute massage-chair session to take the edge off.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We treat our patients, and not just their teeth.