Smile Moments With Dr. Linthicum

Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to. ~Author Unknown

Meet Our Staff

When you first arrive you are most likely to be greeted by our two Front Office Staff. Both are ready to answer any questions you might have, schedule your appointments and assist you with filing your dental insurance claims.

Robin is our Office Manager with 31 years experience in dental assisting.
Jill is our Insurance Coordinator and has 6 years of dental assisting experience. 

If you have scheduled an appointment to have a cleaning and routine check-up exam you will be with one of our two hygienists, Janice and Carrie. Both are highly trained and licensed oral health professionals who will provide you with superior clinical, educational and therapeutic services.

Janice has over 30 years of experience as a hygienist.
Carrie has over 16 years of experience as a hygienist.

If you need to have restorative work done or just have a dental issue, our two assistants Kristie and Jessica, are ready to help you. No matter what procedure you are having, their goal is to make you feel comfortable and give the the best possible experience in the dental chair.

Kristie is a dental assistant with over 20 years of experience.
Jessica has 10 years of dental assisting experience.

All of our staff members have worked with each other for over 10 years and we consider each other Family. 

Around the Office

If you have been in our office lately you may have noticed a few changes.

Coffee or tea anyone?

We now have a special station where you can fix yourself a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Be sure to come a little early for your next appointment, so you can relax and enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet.

Education, Education!!
We are now more technology advanced. This allows us to better serve you. Most of our treatment rooms have computers which allow us to view your chart information, digital x-rays and any other information we may need.With our updated educational "Casey" DVD, we are able to show you a 3-D visual aid on any procedures you may need. Dr. Linthicum has attended most of the CRA courses in Williamsburg, Virginia given by Gordon Christensen. This course educated him in the newest products out on the market used in dentistry and how well they faired in the many rigorous testings. It also educated our dental practice about purchasing and using the cutting edge dental technology available.

Nutrition and Health

It's here, Spring and then Summer. We all have goals to meet to get in shape for the vacation days that are upon us. Keep in mind that it's important to remember that your mouth and teeth need to be kept in shape also. What you eat does afffect your dental health.

Keeping you teeth and gums healthy, strong and beautiful is about more than just brushing, flossing and avoiding sweets. Good nutrition also plays a large role in your dental health.

A balanced diet will help to boost your immune system allowing you to be less vulnerable to oral disease. It also provides you with the nutrients you body requires to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. A balanced diet includes plenty fruits, vegetables, moderate portions of protein, whole grains and beans, low-fat dairy products and unsaturated vegetable fats. Other foods such as nuts, cheese, onions and certain teas have been shown to slow down the bacteria growth that causes tooth decay.

Research has shown that your dental health is also affected by how often you eat. Every time you eat a sweet or starchy food, the bacteria in your mouth feast on it, producing acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. The more frequently you eat, the more exposed your teeth are to these acids, which can eventually dissolve your enamel and cause tooth decay.

One way your diet can benefit your dental health is by combining foods into a meal. Sticky and starchy foods create less acid in your mouth when they are eaten as part of a meal because of the increased saliva production. Saliva helps to rinse away food particles, neutralizes harmful acids and remineralizes your teeth.

One of the main offenders of tooth decay is soda pop. Soda is one of the biggest sources of refined sugar in the American diet. A 12-ounce can of soda contains about 12 teaspoons of sugar. Soda also contains phosphoric and citric acids which can erode the protective enamel layer of your teeth.

So, to maximize your nutrition and your dental health throughout the whole year, eat a well-balanced diet, limit  your sugars, starches, sticky foods and drinks, and avoid  between meal snacking.

We hope you enjoy the warmer weather and remember to brush and floss daily for a beautiful smile!

Dr. L and Staff