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The Clock is Ticking

Vintage alalrm clock on yellow backgroundThe Halloween decorations are still up, but not for too much longer. It’s still about ghosts and goblins for now, but soon it’s going to be more about turkey and stuffing.

I hear this noise. It’s a quiet, barely audible ticking. But it seems like it’s getting a little louder. And a little louder.

You see, although the calendar says we have 1/6th of the year left, it kind of lies. Because time in the last two months of the year becomes much more precious. The holidays bring their own special kind of busy. Whether it’s stocking up for a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas shopping for the grandkids, everything takes time.

If you’re anything like me…you’ve let things pile up. You’ve got a lot of things you were hoping to get done in 2017 and now we’re getting close to the end of the year.

A lot of you probably left some needed dental work until now. Now is the time you can use benefits without worrying about the fact that you “might need them for an emergency.” Your benefits run out at the end of this year and you’re leaving money on the table. You’ve already spent those dollars on premiums or spend downs. My friends, that money is gone.

If you’ve got benefits left and treatment that’s been diagnosed…it’s go time. It’s “let’s use the benefits we paid for time.” Let’s do this.

Call (989) 799-9133. As of now (November 1st…and counting) we’ve still got a little room on the schedule. But it’s going to fill up.

Do. Not. Wait.

That ticking you’re hearing…it’s going to get louder.

Did this make you feel urgent? Are you feeling like you need to get some dental work done? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

Bring an umbrella

Hand with an red umbrellaI wish I could tell you that we weren’t going to ruin your makeup when you come in to see us. It would thrill me to explain to you the gorgeous new filling we’re placing can be done without messing your hair up or getting your shirt wet.

But I can’t. In good conscience, I need to tell you that we’ll probably make a mess out of you.

When I’m working on people’s teeth, I use the water spray. The spray comes out of the handpiece (aka: drill) for a couple of great reasons:

  • When you use the handpiece on a tooth to remove diseased or broken tooth structure, it generates heat. According to research, this heat isn’t great for the pulp (nerve, blood vessels, connective tissue) in the middle of the tooth. Teeth that get overheated can become injured and may need a root canal. However, when you spray water on the tooth while you work on it, you significantly reduce the heating up of the tooth structure.
  • Water spray from the handpiece also removes debris. When I use the handpiece to remove diseased tooth structure, it breaks this stuff into really tiny pieces. It actually kind of pulverizes it into a dusty powder. Without the water spray this stuff smells pretty gross and keeps me from seeing what I’m doing. If you add the water spray, this debris gets gently sucked up into my assistant’s suction.

So please understand, I’m not using the water spray to mess up your makeup on purpose. In fact, you may want to skip your hair and makeup until after your dental appointment. We have a lovely bathroom with flattering lighting that you can use to put yourself together, if you like. Also, I won’t be offended if you bring an umbrella or shower cap in. I get it.

Did you find this post all wet? Entertaining? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

You can pay your bill online at Mead Family Dental!

Paying with credit card onlineO.K. So let’s say you’re tackling that stack of bills sitting on your desk. Maybe it’s Tuesday night, maybe it’s Saturday morning.

Writing checks and sending them in the mail is a drag. Plus, you have to allow time for the check to get there. Calling with a credit card is awesome, except you know that whoever you’re paying isn’t open. I love that feeling when I see the line that says, “pay your bill online!”

And now…you can pay Mead Family Dental online, too!

Take a look at this quick tutorial video and you’ll be all set!

Did you find this post convenient? Helpful? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

The Caterpillar Years

Just a little over a week ago I spent my last day in the dental office that I’ve worked in for more than 15 years. In some ways, it felt just like any other day. But when I stopped to think about it, the day had  a certain surreal quality.

“I’m never going to give anesthesia in this office again.”

“This is the last filling I’ll ever polish here.”

“This is the last hygiene exam I’ll ever do in this office!”

Side view of caterpillar on stemTo the best of my knowledge, my “old” office at 3240 Christy Way in Saginaw Township has been a dental office for more than 40 years. Dr. Robert Minnich opened his practice there in 1972 and I purchased the practice from him in 1998. I’ve been working in that office for more than 15 years. I finished moving out of that office two days ago. I did the final vacuum and once-over while the rest of the team was working hard trying to get the new office ready to go for our big opening in a couple of days. I spent a little time thinking about my first 15 years in Saginaw and came to realize that the first office was an excellent laboratory for me to realize how I liked to practice dentistry. These were my caterpillar years. I learned a lot of things about how to be a dentist and what I would do differently if I could.

Monarch butterfly isolated on white with soft shadowThese were good caterpillar years. They helped me to decide what kind of butterfly I wanted to build. And we built it! As of September 3rd, 2013 Mead Family Dental will reopen at 3630 Shattuck Road in Saginaw Township.  As always we’re taking new patients. And as always we’re performing remarkable, high tech dentistry for real people with care and kindness. But now we’re in a facility that’s unique and interesting, just like our practice! I’d like to welcome back our amazing existing patients and invite anyone else who’s looking for a dentist in Saginaw, MI to take a look. We’d love to have you!

If you’re looking for a Saginaw dentist, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

Aw shucks…

My dad brought this little blurb in the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association’s August issue to my attention. I almost missed it!

I’m grateful for those that have read the site. I’ll keep doing my best!

Our club is better than theirs

"Ummm. I don't have the card with me..."

I was checking out at the Hallmark store this weekend when the clerk started the now familiar dance.

“Do you have one of our Hallmark Crown Rewards cards?”

“Umm, no.”

“Would you like to sign up for one? You can earn points for rewards with every purchase.”

“No thanks.”

What I actually wanted to say was, “No, I just want to buy my cards in peace. Thanks.”

It isn’t that any individual clerk is particularly pushy about it. It’s more that you can rarely go into a store any more where they don’t want you to sign up for a card or a “club.” I guess they offer coupons or gift certificates if you buy a certain amount at the store. But what they really do is allow a store to track what you purchase. I’m not super worried about the privacy issues involved. I’m more interested in being able to buy something without going through that extra conversation.

Every. Single. Time.

At Best Buy: “Do you have a Reward Zone card with us?” I do, I never carry the actual card and I don’t think I’ve actually ever redeemed a single reward point from Best Buy.

At Dunham’s: “Do you get our coupons in your email?” This is an easy one. I can say, “I already get them, Thanks!” I do, but I’ve filtered the emails so I don’t have to see them.

Tractor Supply Company might be the worst. They don’t have a club that I know of, but they always require your phone number and zip code before they check you out. It’s like being held hostage (very pleasantly, for a very short time) in order to buy some Carhartts!

We have a club, too. We call it the Mead Family Dental Gold Club. It’s for people who don’t have dental benefits that are looking for a great way to control costs for regular dental care.

But I promise we’ll never hold you up at the check out to offer it to you.

You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com with any questions or comments. I always answer my own emails!

 

we’re mobile!

You wanna see a cool trick?

First, look at this website on your computer. Then…pull it up on your phone.

We just optimized the site to work well on whatever screen size you’re using. One more way for you to get in touch and one more way to make us your Saginaw dentist!

Let us know what you think! If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

 

Distracted

We’ve had TV’s in the operatories of my office for years. Like almost a decade. Until 2011 the TV’s were limited to the reception area and my two operatories. If you wanted to watch TV, you had to be seeing me, not having your teeth cleaned. Last year, that changed.

More painful than having work done at Mead Family Dental

I got my teeth cleaned about a month ago while watching TV. I switched from “The Talk” to CNN. I pretty much watched presidential politics for the better part of an hour while Kelly cleaned my teeth. Although watching presidential politics is pretty painful, the cleaning was not. And the experience was pretty dang cool. I was distracted from what Kelly was doing in a really nice way. Except for having to watch Newt Gingrich.

In case you’re wondering, we have other channels besides CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. You can watch soaps, ESPN or Spongebob. Whatever you like. The point is to distract you from having your teeth worked on. Not that we plan on it being uncomfortable. In fact, we’re pretty proud of how comfortable treatment is at our office. But if you can watch your favorite TV show while someone lovingly crafts an exquisite, custom made dental restoration or carefully and painlessly cleans ever nook and cranny of your teeth and gums, why wouldn’t you?

Do you want to try this novel approach to dental care/television viewing? Call us at (989) 799-9133 or make an appointment online! We’d love to be  your Saginaw dentist!

We communicate like you communicate

"LOL! I need an appt 2day!"

We saw a new patient recently. She had a dental emergency and her current dentist wasn’t able to get her in. She contacted us through the internet by clicking on the “Make an Appointment Online” button at the upper right of any page of our website. She indicated that she preferred to be contacted by text message. So I text messaged her telling her that we could make some room for her at the end of the day. Her reply?

“Oh my goodness! Are you serious! I’ll take the appointment!”

She remarked to Kathy (the most amazing and talented front office/office manager/dental insurance ninja/patient hand holder that any dentist office could have) that she couldn’t believe she was texting back and forth with the dentist.

If I had my way, I’d never make another phone call. I love email. It serves my needs perfectly. Text messaging also holds a warm place in my heart. Our office uses GoogleTalk throughout the day and I Facebook chat very often, too. Some folks have no time for communicating over the internet and much prefer a phone call. We understand.

We use this, too.

We want to make your dental experience fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. I realize that’s a tall order, but one way we accomplish this is by fitting the way you like to keep in touch. We’re happy to email, text message, call you on the phone or send you a letter. Whatever you like best is what we’ll do. Just let us know. If it helps you keep your teeth healthy, we’ll do it. One thing, though…I have to admit, my semaphore is very rusty and smoke signals are against fire code. Sorry about that.

While I have your attention and we’re talking about social media stuff…why not look over to the right and click on the button that says “Like us on Facebook.” This will take you over to our Facebook page where we share photos, cartoons and other cool stuff! Thanks, and stay in touch!

Mead’s top 5

I’ve been playing with Google Analytics, which is an amazing tool that can tell you almost anything about the web traffic generated by a website.

I was interested in finding out what my top five most viewed posts were. So here they are!

I’ve been gratified by the response to my posts. I love reading comments and seeing “likes” on Facebook. I’ve come to realize that it’s odd for a dental website to be in a blog format, but I really enjoy writing it.

Let me know if you have any “requests” for me to write about. If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we would love to have you as a patient! As always, you can feel free to call the office with questions at (989) 799-9133, request an appointment online or email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. And thanks for reading!

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