AdVance Dental Reopening and COVID-19 Precautions

AdVance Dental Reopening

See below for details regarding AdVance Dental’s reopening and COVID-19 precautions. We have been here for our patients throughout the pandemic for emergencies. We are now in the process of slowly reopening over the next few days. Using the published guidelines from the American Dental Association and the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, we…

AdVance Dental Coronavirus Update

AdVance Dental Coronavirus Update

AdVance Dental would like to update you about our operations and how it is being affected by the coronavirus. In keeping with guidelines issued at both the national and state levels, we are currently delaying all elective dental procedures until at least mid-April. However, we are open in a limited capacity to deal with dental…

Dr Vance: Cavity Destroyer

Dr. Vance: Cavity Destroyer

Who is Dr. Vance: Cavity Destroyer? Video games have always been a great source of joy and stress relief for me. I grew up in the golden age of 8-bit Nintendo games (the 1980s). When I started my practice I had the idea to make a video tribute to the old-school video games we grew…

DMD and DDS Degree

What’s the difference between a DMD and DDS degree?

What’s the difference between a DMD and DDS Degree? Other than the spelling… nothing! In the United States the Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Dental Medicine are both professional degrees which qualify a dentist for licensing. The DDS and DMD degrees are considered equivalent by the American Dental Association. [1] The DDS degree…

Dentist Doc Holliday and two of his more famous movie portrayals

Doc Holliday: Gambler, Gunfighter… Dentist

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He developed a reputation as having killed…

a dentist helped save a president's life

A dentist helped save a president’s life

Time for another “Sweet Moment in Dental History” – read below to learn how a dentist, along with a team of talented surgeons, helped save a president’s life. In 1893, soon after entering his second term as president, Grover Cleveland noticed a rough spot on the roof of his mouth (known as the palate). When…

Marc Vance - Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

I’m an AGD Fellow!

I’m an AGD Fellow! What does that mean for you and your family? FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist…

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know

Want to learn about Dr. Marc Vance? Watch this video to see 10 things about Dr. Vance you may not know! As a new patient at our office, Dr. Vance will speak to you and review your medical history personally before any treatment is provided. However, there’s always more you can learn about someone. So,…

A dentist helped convict Ted Bundy

Dentists helped convict Ted Bundy

Bundy often appeared confident, happy, and well dressed. This was in stark contrast to the crimes he was accused of. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His confession, however, came a decade after his trials and convictions, only shortly before his execution...
Alzheimer's disease linked to gum disease

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Does gum disease cause Alzheimer’s disease? A new research article explains how periodontal (gum) disease bacteria is linked to the terrible mental condition. A growing number of scientific studies have given credence to the theory that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an infectious process. While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying…

Sweet Moments in Dental History

Sweet Moments in Dental History: Ep 1

Welcome to a new series: Sweet Moments in Dental History! In these segments I will review an event involving dentistry that some people may find interesting. It may be from a movie, from a historical figure/event, or a dental invention that has an intriguing story. For our first episode I will review how dentistry was...
Need a dentist nearby? Park in Building 1 parking deck. Take the crosswalk to level C. Then take the first elevators you see to level 6. Our suite #632 is located at the end of the hall.

Searching for “Dentist near me”?

Looking for a dentist nearby? You want your dentist to be nearby and easy to get to. Many people google “dentist near me” when looking for a new dental home. AdVance Dental’s office location in Birmingham, Alabama is conveniently located on the St. Vincent’s Hospital downtown campus. We are located in Building 1 on the “back…

Being the best dentist I can be

Reaching for personal best Ever since I was old enough to have a clear image of what I wanted to do with my life professionally, I imagined myself as someone who would be constantly honing their craft. And I'm sure that people looking for a dentist in Birmingham, Alabama would like to find the best dentist possible -...
Do you really need to floss?

Do you really need to floss?

Many news outlets this past week have produced reports questioning the need to floss. A report from The Associated Press (AP) claims to have looked at 25 studies on the subject and considers the data supporting flossing to be “weak.”1 Flossing was also left off the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines (a report published every 5 years…