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John J. Higgins, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

5648 Shields Drive

Bethesda, MD

20814

thefrontdesk@johnjhigginsdds.com

301-530-8008

www.johnjhigginsdds.com

What brings you the most satisfaction in your work?

My staff and I have created a culture that allows us to treat patients in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, while providing comprehensive care. Our day can best be described as one in which we greet old friends and establish new relationships.

What is the biggest challenge in your practice?

I enjoy treating patients and improving their health. This becomes a challenge because there is a link between oral health and general medical health. In many cases, patients will see us before they seek medical care. Bacteria in the mouth has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and low birth weight in pregnant women. As patients age, it is most important to maintain their oral health.

What is the most significant change in dentistry during your career?

The most significant advance in dentistry that I have found is the ability to expose film digitally. This means reduction of radiation to the patient and I can use software to magnify and enhance the digital image. To keep ahead of the changes in my profession, I participate in three independent study groups. I have a particular interest in the restorative benefits of implant dentistry.

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