Periodontics and Implantology

Dr. Jennifer E. Lohse

Patients at Smiling Oak Dentistry in Mount Pleasant started visiting Dr. Jeff Gardner in his new, 3,000-square-foot building in September 2014.

When asked about the best part of her work, Dr. Jennifer Lohse immediately responded, “Definitely the patients. I have the greatest patients.”

Many dentists say their patients are great, but Dr. Lohse can prove it. When she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she was overwhelmed with their outpouring of support.

“The handwritten notes, the flowers, the personal phone calls. Many came to visit me in the hospital. It’s been amazing. I had no idea how much I’ve touched my patients,” she said.

Although Dr. Lohse sees many of her patients just twice a year, she has a big impact on their lives. At her practice, Dr. Jennifer E. Lohse Periodontics and Implantology, which has locations in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston, she and her team provide specialized care in gum health (periodontics), such as painless laser treatment of gum disease, and dental implants (implantology), including a new type of implant that’s better able to mimic a molar.

Everyone knows the importance of keeping their teeth clean, but Dr. Lohse stressed the importance of paying attention to gum health, too.

“It’s not just the gums, it’s the bone underneath them. That’s the foundation of everything. So once that goes bad, everything goes,” she said. “People don’t recognize how important the mouth is; it’s the gateway to your overall health. A lot of diseases start in the mouth. It’s the first line of defense.”

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is responsible for 70 percent of tooth loss in adults.

Dr. Lohse chose periodontics because it’s one of the specialties in dentistry that allows for continuity of care with patients.

“With perio, you get to follow them over time and develop more of a relationship with them,” she pointed out.

Originally considering becoming a physician, Dr. Lohse switched her attention to dentistry after realizing that her dentist was happy being a dentist. She also noted that, unlike doctors, who typically see people at their worst, dentists don’t.

“When you’re a dentist, you see people when they’re at their best, when they’re healthy,” she said.

Dr. Lohse attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for her dental degree and then earned a master’s in Oral Biology from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry and a certificate in Periodontics. She opened her solo practice after two years as an associate in another practice. She’s been in the Charleston area since 2001 and loves it.

“The food, the location, the beach. You can’t beat it. The sense of community in Mount Pleasant is amazing,” she said.

Another thing Dr. Lohse loves: her team. Together they work hard every day to take care of their patients’ oral health. Dr. Lohse keeps up with current research to find out what can affect her patients’ lives on a day-to-day basis. For instance, she now advises patients to pay attention to the abrasiveness of toothpaste, since it’s starting to show wear on teeth, and to use a basic pH mouthwash to counteract acidity.

That’s just one way Dr. Lohse expresses the care she has for her patients and why they responded so strongly when she told them of her cancer diagnosis.

“I try to relate to my patients as my family. I only want the best for them. I put a lot of myself into my treatment, and that shines through to them. Their health is my ultimate goal,” she said.

By Erin Danly

Periodontics and Implantology
904 Coleman Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464

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