DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Anchorage, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Health Centered Dentistry, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen. Read more ›

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and much more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen use dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are an Anchorage resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Health Centered Dentistry with any concerns. Read more ›

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Diabetes and Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including your mouth.  Almost 26 million children and adults in the U.S.  suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Anchorage dentists, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen want you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health. Read more ›

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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Bite. Crack. Ouch!

A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full, healthy functioning condition.

Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or a crown is due to extensive tooth decay that is breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix. Read more ›

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Dental Crowns 101

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.

Teeth are important players in your life! They’re not only the first responders for your digestive tract, but they can make a great first impression – so you deserve a beautiful, fully-functioning set. If your teeth need a real makeover, a crown might be just the thing you need.

A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Dental crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth – but better. Crowns restore broken and badly decayed or discolored teeth. Crowns also top off dental implants and build dental bridges.

Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant and Dr. Madsen, Anchorage dentists at Health-Centered Dentistry, share what you need to know about getting a crown. Read more ›

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Anchorage smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen and the expert hygienists at Health Centered Dentistry. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call! Read more ›

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Fresh breath really sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What is essential to know in order to get the most out of it? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, and Dr. Madsen in Anchorage gives you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands … or your own toothbrush, rather. Read more ›

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CEREC Study Club for Assistants

Assistants CEREC Club

Did you know our very own Dr. Kent Marchant is the CEREC trainer for ALL of Alaska? He travels throughout the state to help dentists and their teams integrate CEREC into their practice. He also hosts the Alaska CEREC Study Club throughout the year. Typically, his time is spent with the doctors showing them from start to finish how to use the machines. However, this time his is focusing on dental assistants and all things they can do from scanning to designing indirect restorations!

Continuing Education Course

On Friday, September 22, 2017, Health Centered Dentistry will host the first Alaska CEREC Study Club Assistants hands-on course from 12PM to 6PM. Dental assistants throughout the state are welcome to come learn how to improve their current CEREC skills and expand their assisting repertoire. The class will include lecture and the opportunity for each attendee to scan, design, and glaze their own restorations using typodonts.

Dr. Kent Marchant, DMD, and Mara Woodward, Patterson Dental’s CEREC Integration Specialist, will host the event. Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. will sponsor the event and thereby provide continuing education credits for certified dental assistants.


Date: 9/22/17
Location: 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite #150, Anchorage
Time: 12PM-6PM
Food: Yes! Lunch and snacks will be provided.


Please contact Rachael Middleton at 907-276-4537 or for more information on cost.


Dr Kent Marchant

Learn more about Dr. Kent Marchant, DMD, Alaska CEREC Specialist & Trainer, HERE.


Learn more about CEREC and all its amazing capabilities including this great example of how it can make it easier for the patient HERE.

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth.

In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. But people of all ages can get their teeth straightened—there is never a bad time! But there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Anchorage dentists, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, & Dr. Madsen, are professional and local providers of orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn our tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth. Read more ›

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Laser Hygiene Certification Course at HCD

Laser Hygiene Certification Course
at Health Centered Dentistry

Cindy Basile, RDH, AAS, Laser Hygiene Certification Course

Date:   Friday, October 5, 2017
Time:   8AM – 5PM
Location:   Health Centered Dentistry, 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite 150
CE:   8 CE Credits

Anchorage — Health Centered Dentistry is excited to announce our upcoming laser hygiene certification course with Cindy Basile, RDH, AAS, of Productive Laser Hygiene Services, LLC.

The Diode laser has become the most commonly utilized laser in dentistry today. Diode lasers have many advantages over traditional surgical and therapeutic techniques including less pain, faster healing and new applications including bleaching and desensitizing teeth. We invite all dental professionals – from dentist to hygienist – to come learn how to expand the scope of services offered when a laser is added to the practice! This course is also free to all administrative support staff that would like to learn more about billing laser treatments to dental insurance.


Give your patients the newest and highest standard of care! When our course and hands-on simulated certification process is complete, we will have instilled the confidence necessary for each hygienist or doctor to know that they are now qualified to provide each patient with the best standard of care while at the same time increasing revenues for your office.


  1. History of laser and basic laser Physics
  2. Laser Components and delivery system
  3. Laser safety protocols and hazards
  4. (LSO) Laser Safety Officer Responsibilities
  5. Laser Procedures and treatment parameters for Perio
  6. Laser Integration with Proper Laser Hygiene techniques
  7. Patient management & comm., terminology, codes & fees
  8. Tissue healing assessment & management of complications
  9. Additional Procedures – Biostimulation/Biomodulation, Herpetic Lesion, Apthous Ulcer, Bleaching & Tooth Desensitizing
  10. Simulated hands on with Diode
  11. Written exam



Please contact Rachael Middleton at 907.276.4537 // for more information on cost and participation.

Learn more about Health Centered Dentistry, our services, and our team here.

See you there!

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