DentaQuest named Practice of Year

Oct. 28, 2010
DentaQuest Oral Health Center in Westborough, Mass., selected for honor.

BOSTON, Massachusetts--The DentaQuest Institute has announced that the DentaQuest Oral Health Center, an affiliated dental office in Westborough, Mass., has been selected by the American Dental Association as the Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year.

DentaQuest Oral Health Center Dental Director, Dr. Peter Blanchard, and Clinical Director, Dr. Joy-Ann Deane accepted the award at the 2010 ADA annual session in Orlando, Fla.

The American Dental Association has long championed preventive dental care as the best way for people to be healthy,” said Steve Carstensen, DDS, chair of the 2010 ADA Annual Session.

“It was a pleasure seeing how the DentaQuest Oral Health Center has committed every part of their practice to promoting preventive care. The differences they are creating in their patients’ lives make them completely deserving of the ADA/3M Preventive Practice of the Year Award.”

The Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year Award recognizes a dental office that has demonstrated excellence and innovation through the combination of practical, preventive oral health care and ongoing patient education. Dental offices from all 50 states applied for the distinction.

The DentaQuest Oral Health Center is a multi-specialty group practice, offering routine care and cleanings, general dental care, dentistry for children, and orthodontic and endodontic care. By identifying risk factors unique to each patient, the center helps prevent and manage dental disease. In addition to providing high-quality oral health care, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center strives to help patients understand and make the best decisions about their oral health.

“Science is helping us understand the nature of dental disease, especially the two main ones, tooth decay and gum disease,” explained Dr. Blanchard.

“Because both are bacterial infections, we have the ability to treat them and achieve better oral health. The solution doesn’t always have to be 'drill and fill.' By identifying and treating the disease in its early stages, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center’s staff is able to help the tooth 'heal' and make it more resistant to future decay.”

It is this mission is to deliver cost-effective, appropriate dental care using scientific, evidence-based technologies and treatments that are tailored to the dental needs of each patient that helped catch the attention of the ADA’s evaluation panel.

“We are delighted to be working with a number of dental practices nationally, providing technical assistance to help their dental care providers implement proven prevention and disease management protocols,” said Mark Doherty, DMD, executive director of the DentaQuest Institute.

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