Back Row, L-R: Cynthia Kline; Cynthia Short, RDH; Kathye Ziegler, RDH; Melanie Waters, CDA; Lynn Twyman, Office Manager / Front Row, L-R: Kimberly Sakowski, CDA; Dr. Aleesha Freimuth; Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte Trout, RDH / Not Pictured: Barbara Andrews
Hometown girl turned family dentist, Aleesha Freimuth, DMD welcomes children and adults to Freimuth Family Dental at its new office location.
Young or old, a visit to the dentist can cause goose pimples on your arms and make your teeth chatter, not to mention send shivers down your spine. But that’s not the case at Freimuth Family Dental. Cheerful and accommodating, Dr. Aleesha Freimuth will make you feel at ease, causing your pearly whites to unclench into a healthy smile.
The practice on 17th Street was transferred to Dr. Freimuth in April by Fletcher & Fletcher. Upon retirement, Dr. Charles Fletcher and Dr. Walter Fletcher executed a lengthy and intensive search for someone to take their place. They chose Dr. Freimuth for her commitment to quality dental care and dedication to her patients. Most of the Fletcher & Fletcher staff stayed on, merging with Dr. Freimuth’s team and creating a warm and inviting environment for incoming patients. The friendly and knowledgeable staff has over 30 combined years of experience in the field.
“Most of the Fletcher & Fletcher team agreed to stay on board,” says Dr. Freimuth. “Along with my staff, we’ve become one big combined dental family.”
Dr. Freimuth kept her maiden name to retain a sense of familiarity with patients. Born and raised in Ocala, residents may already be familiar with her family name. As a young Ocalan, Dr. Freimuth was involved in several community activities, including 4-H. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition. After receiving her degree, she continued her education at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she became a Doctor of Medical Dentistry in 2002. Dr. Freimuth has practiced in Ocala for 10 years and wishes to continue serving her established patients while welcoming new clients into the Freimuth family. The practice provides comprehensive dental care for all ages.
While adults may be nervous in “the chair,” a dental visit can seem like a frightening experience for young children. Fortunately, Dr. Freimuth is no stranger to the sensitivities of children and neither is her staff.
“Everyone who works here is very family-oriented; we have kids and grandkids,” she says. “We make sure it’s a good experience and let children get a good feel. We don’t push.”
A mother of two young boys herself, Dr. Freimuth wants to make kids and adults feel comfortable, putting their fears of the dentist to rest. She also understands how dental work can be a great expense for many clients. To curb dental costs, the practice offers in-office insurance plans as well as financing with low monthly payments with approved credit. The practice also runs monthly specials where clients associated with different industries can receive 20 percent off all treatments. Last month, in honor of Independence Day, the office gave all active and veteran military patients a 20 percent discount. This month, to coincide with the start of the school year, Freimuth Family Dental will offer the discount to education providers. It’s a way for the practice to reach out to the community and help support patients who may find dental care too costly.
“We hope to make dentistry less expensive for families or a cheaper expense if possible,” says Dr. Freimuth.
Maintaining proper dental upkeep is crucial to living a long and healthy life. Dr. Freimuth stresses that dental care isn’t exclusive to the mouth; the entire body benefits from dental hygiene and checkups. To ensure her patients’ health isn’t subpar, Dr. Freimuth administers complete, comprehensive periodontal evaluations so that periodontal disease (gum disease) won’t go undetected. Periodontal evaluations are a double-edged sword because they prevent the spread of bacteria by detecting periodontal disease at its earliest stage and help patients avoid paying for expensive dental work down the road after the disease progresses.
Periodontal disease is commonly linked to tooth infections. However, the disease is also connected to uncontrolled diabetes and body-wide infections. Left untreated, periodontal diseases may cause tooth loss and even pose a risk for strokes and heart disease, which is why early detection isn’t only a convenience but a lifesaver.
Besides periodontal evaluations, Freimuth Family Dental also conducts general cleanings and other dental services, including fillings, crowns and bridges, dentures and extractions. The office is open Monday through Friday, with same-day emergency treatment available.
“We have had a very smooth transition moving into the office,” says Dr. Freimuth. “Right now, we plan on making some updates and remodeling. Things have settled wonderfully; the patients have been welcoming, and the staff is more than I could I ask for.”
20% OFF all treatment for the month of August for all educators and childcare providers.
Freimuth Family Dental
2509 SE 17th St, Ocala