Is it ever too late for dental work?

Let’s be honest. If you are like most Anchorage folks, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. In fact, one in three Americans avoids going to the dentist regularly.

After a while, that time spent away from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen’s chair adds up, and so does the cost of dental work.

You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist?

Here’s what Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen have to say when it comes to oral health: Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

For many Anchorage residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Health Centered Dentistry we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know

We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Anchorage, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Health Centered Dentistry a call.

What is HPV?

Human papilloma virus refers to a family of nearly 200 strains that infect the epithelial cells of skin and mucous membranes, such as the inside of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, throat, vulva, vagina, cervix, penis (through the urethral opening), and the anus. HPV is transmitted primarily through sexual contact (oral and genital) and it is one of the most common viruses in the country. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 Americans will have an HPV infection at some point. However, 99% of HPV infections are cleared up by your immune system without any symptoms or any indication that you were ever infected.

HPV and Oral Cancer

While most of us know HPV as the sexually transmitted infection responsible for genital warts, that represents only a few strains of the virus (usually HPV6 and 11), which are low-risk. What most Anchorage folks don’t know is that HPV is also responsible for causing cervical cancer (HPV16 and 18) and oral cancer. In fact, HPV 16 is now considered the leading cause of oral cancer in America. Tobacco use and alcohol consumptions are also major risk factors, but they do not have as much of a proven causative effect on the development of oral cancer as human papilloma virus.

HPV and Dental Health

If you are worried about getting oral cancer, don’t fret! We at Health Centered Dentistry have the expertise and the technology to identify any areas of concern, track problems, and make sure that diagnosis happens as early as possible. If you would like to come in for an oral cancer screening from Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen, give us a call today!

Sources

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/hpv-virus-information-about-human-papillomavirus

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/hpv/

http://www.cdc.gov/sTd/stats12/figures/47.htm

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News, Patient Care

Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Anchorage resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen depend on your input for optimum dental health. We at Health Centered Dentistry like to go above and beyond for our Anchorage patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why:

The average Anchorage resident might not think to mention to their dentist what’s going on with their physical health, but you’d be surprised how much that information can make a difference in your oral care. Dr. Mishler, Dr. Bragiel, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Henrie & Dr. Madsen need to be able to see the whole picture so that we can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Anchorage in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Health Centered Dentistry.

The Big Five Sugar Substitutes

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News, Dental Services, Patient Care

Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.

True.

True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.

False.

It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches! Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but can also, in rare cases affect children. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen, dentists at Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage care about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea & Its Effects

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

Meet Diane Murray, RDH!

Diane Murray

Introducing Diane Murray, RDH

Diane Murray, RDH, has been with Health Centered Dentistry for more than 20 years and is a vast library of knowledge for holistic treatment. Her knowledge of oral hygiene and holistic dental practices has been a great resource for not only our patients, but our team members, too! Diane is incredibly smart with a great ability to share her knowledge and experience for the betterment of others. She is full of compassion for her patients and has been known to stay late or come in early to make it work for their schedule. The patients’ needs always come first for Diane and her patients know they are loved. She shares the same compassion and concern for her team members. If they ever need a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear, they know Diane will be there for them.

Reviews from Patients

Diane is a private person and prefers a one-on-one conversation to a social media post. With that in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the great reviews we’ve received from her patients as a testament of her passion and love for her patients, their whole body health, and her team.

PaulThey always do such a great job and on they seem to always be running on time. I look forward to getting my teeth cleaned. Diane is the best!

JoanToday was my twice-yearly cleaning with, Diane, the greatest Dental Hygienist in the world! Have been going to Health Centered Dentistry for about 6 or 7 years and love them. I made visits to two other dentists in town before I found Health Centered Dentistry. They are very professional and up on all the latest in dental work and I would never go anywhere else now.

DarleneI’ve been coming to Diane for years and just love her. She is always professional and friendly.

KimberlyDiane and Dr. Henrie offer such great care and advice.

Roger…Diane is impressive as well. She follows the latest technology and applies it well to every facet of patient care. If it’s ‘out there’ she’s read about it explains it well, and incorporates anything that makes patient care more effective.

JolynnDiane does a fabulous job every time!!

DonnaWas the best and I’m so happy I found this dentistry. Wish I was a patient for the last 30 years. But I’m blessed I found you. Loved Diane teeth cleaning apt. She is so good at her job. I’d follow her were ever she went to clean my teeth.

TishDiane Murray is awesome. She is professional, kind and very knowledgeable and helpful. I have already recommended her to several friends.

Posted in Dental News Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Meet Lori Jones, RDH!

Introducing Lori Jones, RDH

Lori Jones, RDH, is the heart of Health Centered Dentistry. With more than 25 years invested in HCD and its patients, she goes the extra mile to make sure her patients receive the best care. She is a true friend to all she meets. Lori’s main priority is to make sure her patients and her team knows how much she cares about them as a person. We are very blessed to have her on the team.

“Work family for 25 years – just missing Debberdooo!”

We asked Lori a few questions to get to know her better.

“Corkey and Nichole’s Wedding”

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Cultivating wonderful relationships with my patients which turn into lifelong friendships.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: Completing a task knowing that I’ve done my very best. I like to play hard too!

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: My amazing children Corkey and Cami.

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My husband Jeff, he’s my protector, lover, best friend, soulmate.

“My Hero” at Arctic Man

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Family time doing snowmachining, skiing, playing hockey, playing in the H2O at Big Lake, boating in PWS, hunting & fishing.

Q: What do you do to stay healthy?
A: Anything physical, skate ski & workout at the gym.

Q: What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition?
A: Christmas Eve when our the family and friends gather together at our home.

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: My go to book that has answers life’s toughest problems is the Bible.

Prince William Sound

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Lunch!

Q: What song would you say best sums you up?
A: Soul on Fire by Third Day & Amazing Grace, I tear up every time I hear it.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Posted in Dental News, Patient Care Tagged with: , , , ,

Meet Jillian Jaramillo, RDH!

Jillian Jaramillo

Introducing Jillian Jaramillo, RDH

Jillian Jaramillo, RDH has been with Health Centered Dentistry as a hygienist since 2014. She has an enormous heart which she willingly shares with everyone she meets. Jillian always strives for perfection with her patients’ treatment which has lead to a loyal following. As the head of HCD’s social committee, she is a great morale booster and has planned some amazing events for our team! We’re so grateful to have her on our team and so blessed to know her!

We asked Jillian a few questions to get to know her better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Connecting with my patients and helping them accomplish not just good dental health but overall health.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: My family and the desire to make a difference with my patients one visit at a time.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Becoming a momma to my son. The most rewarding feeling ever.

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My Lola (Grandma) Anita.  She taught me independence and the true treasure of life…Family.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Dates with my hubby, Watching Movies, reinventing Filipino or Mexican food to healthy versions, Family Trips, Traveling to see friends & family, Volunteering at my son’s school.

Q: What do you do to stay healthy?
A: Run, Dance, and eat less rice

Q: What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition?
A: Yearly Christmas Ornament Picking

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: Harry Potter Series

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Pinakbet (Made from mixed vegetables steamed in fish or shrimp sauce) with White Rice

Q: What song would you say best sums you up?
A: 😊 Happy By Pharrell Williams 

Q: What is your favorite joke?
A: I don’t really have a “favorite”. I love too many of them. I will pick this one because I used it most often. “A mushroom goes into a bar to sit down and order a drink. The bartender walks over and says, ”I’m sorry sir, but we don’t serve your kind here.” The mushroom sits back and asks ,”Why not? I’m a fun guy (fungi)!”

Posted in Dental News, Dental Services

Call us today!

New Patients Call : (888) 707-0222
Existing Patients Call : (907) 276-4537

Review us on google!

Join us online.

Schedule an Appointment.

  • Do not include sensitive personal, financial, or other confidential information (social security, account number, login, passwords, etc.).

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.