Dr. Bridget Collins grew up on the east coast of sunny Florida in a small town called Port St. Lucie. Her love for dentistry developed through volunteer work at the University of Central Florida where, as a pre-dental student, she was able to educate the underserved community about oral hygiene. She found a dental mentor in the Orlando community and spent her days shadowing at the office to learn more about the field. With each passing day she saw how dentistry could make such a difference in people’s lives, whether it be getting someone out of pain or delivering a new smile.
Dr. Collins majored in Biology and received a minor in Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. After graduating, she chose to attend the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry all the way in foggy San Francisco. She chose this school based on its high merit and excellent reputation in the dental community. She excelled clinically in the program and became well versed in many aspects of dentistry, including oral surgery and endodontics.
Today, Dr. Collins is still involved with the local dental society (Mid-Peninsula Dental Society), the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is always striving to learn more and keep up to date with the latest materials and technology. She takes pride in her work and wants to deliver the best care to all her patients.
When there are no signs of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, we can perform a regular cleaning to maintain the health of your teeth and gums
Also known as scaling and root planning, this is necessary in the treatment of periodontal disease. A deep cleaning refers to our skilled hygienists going below the gum line to remove harmful bacteria and tartar that is causing inflammation and damage to your gums. If left untreated, you will begin to notice recession of your gums and mobility of your teeth. Let us help you prevent the damages of periodontal disease!
X-rays are necessary for us to be effective in diagnosing bone loss, tooth infection and decay found between the teeth. A full set of x-rays (which includes about 18 images) is required every 5 years and X-rays of your bite (about 6 images) are required once a year. These images are important for us to catch disease in the early stages so that we can help you prevent advancement of the disease or else treat it when necessary
In our clinical exams, we first start with a head and neck examination. This screening is important for us to diagnose abnormal findings that could be life saving for you. Next, we are looking for signs of decay, fracturing of teeth and malocclusion. You may not always feel pain with the mentioned above, but our goal is to treat disease early on and prevent dental emergencies. There is no reason to wait for a problem to grow larger!