Dr. Edwards and his wife, Judy, attended a rally on April 11 at the Cocoa Expo, which was called “Save Our Space” http://www.savespace.us. This was a community rally to show support for the space program, particularly the human involvement in space exploration. It was about preserving the valuable resource that we have in our county of talented people who have made us #1 in space. The message was for President Obama who is visiting our area on Thursday where he will be laying out his program. “Save Our Space” was rallying that we cannot give up our position as leaders in human and space exploration. We cannot become dependent on another country to shuttle our astronauts to and from the space station. It was a moving rally, and was well attended with numerous local politicians. We all need to have our voice heard to preserve our heritage.
We received a new review! It is so nice when patients realize how hard we try to make their visit the best they’ve ever had.
My scaling/ root planing experience with Ginny on 3/23 was as pleasant as I could have possibly imagined (actually, much more so!). Everyone in the office is kind and just seems “happy to be there”– what a difference from most offices I visit! Smile Design Center does a super job!
We were just informed that one of Dr. Edwards’ articles has appeared on a Website. http://www.empowermentweekly.com/ has put his article, “A Sweet Love Affair” on their site. It was originally published in Florida Today’s Health & Medicine section in 2005. The article is featured on the site’s current weekly newsletter. Please visit it and tell us what you think.
In the March 2010 issue of Natural Awakenings Brevard/Indian River Counties Magazine a very nice article was written about Dr. Chris Edwards. The magazine can be viewed online at www.MyNaturalAwakenings.com. We are also posting the article below.
“Lasers, photons of light, and dark field microscope may sound like something out of a science fiction novel but in reality these are some of the newest technologies in the dental field. Chris Edwards, DDS and owner of Smile Design Center, includes these and other unique technologies in his practice. Thirty years experience plus advanced training in cosmetic surgery, implants, periodontal work, root canals, and orthodontics enable him to offer the highest standards and procedures to his patients; however, it was because of a healthful life-style that Edwards became increasingly aware of the innate connection between the mouth and the entire body. His journey towards total health became an enlightening and empowering experience explaining why he is so passionate about educating and motivating people and integrating holistic concepts into his practice.
A tour through his operatory begins with the Waterlase, MD. Edwards uses this hard and soft tissue laser that trims and cuts tissue with no bleeding, killing bacteria on site. He uses a low-level infrared laser for surgery that doesn’t cut or cause pain, but goes deep into the tissue to influence healing. ‘Photons of light actually go into the cells, the cells pick up the photons of light, and it helps the stem cells differentiate into healing cells,’ teaches Edwards. “It helps cells that are not functioning properly become healthier, reducing inflammation and pain and improving lymphatic drainage.’
Next is The Beast, a moniker given by his staff, for the air abrasion equipment that acts as a sand blaster to remove decay from teeth. Normally, the inner part of the tooth is sensitive, but this helium powered tool makes the work pain-free. Edwards uses Novocain according to patient preference but found many situations where he is able to work without anesthesia. ‘When the patient knows they are in control, they are more willing to experience sensations or a little discomfort,’ says Edwards. ‘Most say they are glad they didn’t get numb.” The office also includes a surgical microscope that magnifies fractures and decay. An added function is the beam splitter and video camera which enables the patient to see everything on a big screen. X-rays are taken digitally which have a much lower radiation that conventional equipment with an added advantage of being able to manipulate and educate with the images.
One of Edwards’ latest campaigns involves a new technology called the dark field microscope. It is used to evaluate the types of bacteria in the patient’s mouth through samples of plaque. ‘This is both an educational and motivational tool,’ says Edwards. ‘When the patient sees bacteria swimming around on that slide, they might think about brushing better, flossing, and going through with periodontal treatments, realizing that those bugs can get inside.’
Not only has Edwards had all his silver fillings converted to non-mercury, he has never used mercury in his practice. He provides safe removal of silver fillings for the holistically-minded patient, believes strongly in minimally invasive dentistry, and always uses safe alternatives such as tooth colored resin fillings, sealants, conservative fillings, ceramic onlays, and conventional metallic and non-metallic crowns. ‘Fluoride is now on the chopping block as it’s a double-edged sword,’ advises Edwards. ‘We know it can be effective for preventing decay but it is a volatile molecule inside the body.’ The holistic community is coming out against fluoride so Edwards offers Xylitol as an alternative. Xylitol is commonly known as a natural sweetener; however, Edwards discovered Xylitol had profound oral benefits of reducing disease and decay and even reversing certain kinds of decay. Many of his patients now use a variety of preventative products (gum, mints, toothpaste, mouth wash, and candy), particularly those that have high rates of decay, decalcification, or sensitivity. ‘Xylitol products significantly decrease the population of Streptococci bacteria in your mouth,’ says Edwards, ‘which is the bacteria that wreaks the most havoc.’
It is refreshing to see the imaginative side of a professional and Edwards has created a comfortable, artistic atmosphere in his office. A water fountain soothes patients in the waiting room, great music plays in the background, and his wife’s distinctive encaustic artwork is scattered throughout the office. Aromatherapy and paraffin hand dips are available and there is a post-op room containing Beatles memorabilia. This is just a preview of more to come as a new office is slated to break ground this year. True to Edwards’ fun-loving side, the new center will include uniquely themed rooms; i.e. the space room will include life-size astronaut Sam suspended from the ceiling and an overhead monitor will show clips from Lost in Space, nebula slide shows, and space station videos. Whimsy aside, Edwards’ highest priority is for Smile Design Center to evolve in a holistic, sustainable way and the new office will include natural environment views and rooms for massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic care.
‘From a spiritual journey of one’s reason for being here, the path I’ve chosen is to serve others… helping them with their journey relating to their mouth and teeth and how it affects their life.’ Edwards shares what he’s learned through magazine articles and being an active participant in study clubs. ‘At this point in my life what’s important is to be happy on a daily basis, be in the moment- living, loving, and serving.’ Edwards credits his personal strengths as having a strong, supportive wife, eclipsed only by his passion for excellence. It shows in his choices, his supportive, friendly, and competent staff, time devoted to patient education, and daring to be a dental pioneer. He is willing to bend over backwards so his patients have the best experience and although he fervently embraces high tech and holistic methodologies, sage advice of generations of dentists comes to the forefront with these parting words, ‘Floss only the teeth you want to keep for a lifetime.’
The article was titled “Innovative Comprehensive Dentistry with Chris Edwards, DDS,” and was written by Diane Carr.
We hope that you enjoyed the article as much as we did!
The Academy of Osseointegration is the oldest and largest dental implant organization and they held their annual meeting in Orlando last weekend. Dr Edwards joined the AO, which traditionally was an organization of periodontists and oral surgeons, last year.
Dr Edwards’ former residency partner at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Peter Moy, was sworn in as the new president of the academy for the upcoming year. Dr. Moy has invited Dr Edwards to join a committee of hands-on workshops for next years meeting. The AO is looking to stimulate the growth of general dentists placing implants into the organization, as it is the future in dentistry.
The four day conference was at the Dolphin Resort at Disney. The president’s dinner was held in Epcot with a fancy dessert and coffee party set up lake side to see the beautiful fireworks. Dr Edwards made many new friends and was introduced to dentists from around the world, including Japan, Brazil, China and France. He also got to spend time with his implant mentor, Dr. Robert Miller from West Palm.
Dr. Edwards and his brother, Mike, spent a recent weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They went to a Wake Forest basketball game vs. North Carolina, an annual rivalry between the two basketball powerhouses. The former coach, Skip Prosser, was a close friend of Dr. Edwards and Mike. Skip passed away a few years ago from a sudden heart attack and his loss was severely felt throughout the basketball world and at Wake Forest. A tribute to Skip of ten of his King’s Point friends, who remained close to him, was organized for the weekend. Each of the King’s Pointers had a black T-shirt with a gold letter on the front that spelled out W-A-K-E-F-O-R-E-S-T and K-I-N-G-S-P-O-I-N-T on the back in white letters. The basketball game was nationally televised on CBS and the tribute was added to the broadcast with the lad’s doing their about-face maneuver and tipping their Gillian’s Island hats to the crowd. It went over well with the announcers and the viewing public. There is a video of the maneuver below (it’s also on YouTube) where you can see the boys at work.
At some point there will hopefully be a movie about Skip’s life and legacy and the antics that occurred over the weekend where filming was done about Skip’s impact.
Dr. Edwards’ brother Mike is making a documentary film about the life of Skip Prosser, the Basketball Coach for Wake Forest. Skip passes away in July of 2007 of a sudden heart attack. He was an influential coach, teacher and friend to many.
Saturday, February 27th at 2pm Wake Forest will take on North Carolina in a nationally televised game on CBS. Dr. Chris Edwards and nine of his King’s Point friends will be celebrating the life of their classmate Skip. The lads will be decked out with shirts spelling W A K E F O R E S T on the front and K I N G S P O I N T on the back, all wearing Gilligan’s Island captain hats. Keep your eyes out for them in the stands.