Welcome to our new Associate

We would like to welcome our new Associate, Dr. Joshua McKinney, to our Brogdon Dental professional team! Here is a short bio of Dr. McKinney. We hope you will stop in to meet him and say hello the next time you’re by our office.

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Dr. Joshua McKinney was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. After graduating from The McCallie School, he attended Wofford College where he had the great opportunity to play college baseball. During his time at Wofford, Dr. McKinney had great mentors who helped guide him to pursue his passion in health care. After graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He currently lives in Ooltewah with his wife Brittne and their two golden retrievers. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, golfing, fitness and traveling. Dr. McKinney is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and Chattanooga Area Dental Society.

Take your vitamins…

How many times did you hear your mother say, “Did you take your vitamins?”  I know as a kid my Mom would say this to me every morning before school as she would dole out our Flintstone vitamins. But seriously, vitamins do play a major role in our health, but did you know that certain vitamins can help with your dental health?  Doctors have found that Calcium and Vitamin D not only help your bones but can help strengthen your teeth as well.

According to WebMD… “If you’re supplementing your diet with calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone loss, you may be more likely to hang onto your pearly whites, according to a report from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Toronto.”

To explore the role of supplementation on tooth retention, the researchers followed more than 140 older adults for five years. Participants took either a placebo or 500 mg of calcium plus 700 units of vitamin D daily for three years. Both during and after the trial, their teeth were examined periodically.

For those who took supplements, the likelihood of losing one or more teeth was 40% less, even two years later. Tooth loss was also linked to the number of cavities, frequency of flossing, and use of thiazide diuretics, a type of medication that helps lower blood pressure.

Adding vitamins like calcium and vitamin D to your morning regime can not only help you feel better and have stronger bones, but can help save your teeth.

Be sure not to overdo though. The recommended upper limits are 2,500 mg a day for calcium and 1,000 units a day for vitamin D. Any more than that could be toxic. Be sure to check with your doctor if you take more than the recommended amount.

And don’t forget to brush and floss daily as well. Your Mom would be proud!