Welcome to Bayou Dental Care

 Our office is known for providing the people of Louisiana with gorgeous smiles.  We provide our patients with care and concern while doing our part in revamping their dental hygiene. Also, helping others get their smile back.

 We have an extraordinary team of professionals that will listen to your concerns and desires to ensure that you get the level of dental services that you expect.  We take great pride in going above and beyond to supply our patients with the highest quality dental care in the area.


If you have questions about your future treatment, or any other concerns, we always take the time to discuss these problems with you. So you can relax and feel good about your visits with us.


Dental x-rays, To Do or Not To Do, That is the Question

I'm sure by now you have all heard the news, Dental x-rays cause brain tumors...we are sure that you are all concerned about your health and safety. I want to assure you that we too are concerned with your health and safety, that is why we do what we do. We believe that a healthy smile brings a healthy life.

Let me take a moment and help you better understand the brief glimpse of flawed information that the media is capitalizing upon.

Dental x-rays are used to diagnosis and determine necessary treatment of dental conditions. We use them to evaluate and monitor problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

Without x-rays, we are unable to see the true extent of a potential problem, we are literally only seeing the tip of the iceberg. X-rays allow us to check for decay between teeth, periodontal disease, and any bone irregularities, without them our hands are tied and we are not delivering the BEST possible treatment. In our office, we take digital x-rays, which use up to 80% less radiation than the traditional x-ray films used in the past.

The epidemiological (solely a statistical study, not a scientific analysis) study linking brain tumors to dental x-rays is flawed in a several areas presented below are a few:

There is no scientific study. In this study, patients were asked to remember their history of x-rays, but their answers were not verified by their dental records, or even insurance records. In our office, many patients do not always remember correctly when their last dental visit was, let alone exactly what type of x-rays were taken. It is simply one of those things that we file as something we did, you might remember your last visit 6 months ago but do you truly remember what happened at the prior 3 or 4, or 20? We take x-rays according to the recommended ADA guidelines.

This study discusses exposure with film x-rays which were used in dentistry in the past, few offices still use standard film x-rays. Digital x-rays are used in many offices today, and they reduce radiation exposure by up to 80%. At Griswold Dental Associates we have been using digital technology for all x-rays, for the past few years.

There are inconsistencies in the data. The study found a link with 2 bitewing x-rays, but no link with the 16 film full mouth series. If 2 x-rays show a link to meningiomas, logically, wouldn’t 16 x-rays show a much greater link? [T]he lack of association with full mouth x-rays led one expert to question the connection.

"They found a small risk (from) a pair of bitewings, but not from a full mouth series, which is multiple bitewings. That inconsistency is impossible to understand to me," said Dr. Alan Lurie, president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

The benign tumor being associated is a meningioma, which is found in 3 out of every 100,000 people. The way to diagnose this tumor is by a CT scan (which uses radiation similar to dental x-rays) or by MRI.

Radiation exposure: measured in Sv (sieverts)(millisieverts = 1/1000 sievert)

Chest x-ray Computed Tomography (CT scan) 6900Sv
Natural Radiation per year 2400Sv
Round trip Flight from Tokyo to New York 200Sv
Chest x-ray 50Sv
4 digital x-rays .013mSv (.000013Sv)
full mouth series of x-rays 180mSv (.00018Sv)

When dental x-rays are recommended in our office please ask why, that is your right. We will explain their importance, all our treatment is guided by each patient's individual needs.

Remember should you refuse xrays, this would not allow your dentist to accurately diagnose and treat your dental problems. If you are concerned due to this recent report on dental x-rays, please be sure you speak to us.

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Carin S.

Raceland, LA

“For the past 10 years I had been too afraid to seek dental treatment. Bad experiences have left me in pain and alone on the phone with no one to pick up, or return a call when I needed help. Bayou Dental Care has changed all of that. From the moment they answer the phone, it is clear that the staff is warm and caring.  I never feel like a number or just a customer. The friendly people here at Bayou Dental care recognize that I am a person first. Every staff member is committed to ensuring that every step is comfortable and without pain. The quality of care that I received at Bayou Dental care has changed my outlook, not only on going to see my dentist, but also on seeing my new beautiful smile. Thank you Bayou Dental Care!”           

Anita M.

Des Allemands, LA

“I am the world’s worst patient!! I am always have been scared, anxious about going to the dentist. I was in the need of having some filling replaced & some other work done. Only if I was ‘OUT’, would I be able to undertake any procedure. Dr. Zeringue agreed & had me take a combination of medications, the morning of the procedure. My husband drove me, the procedure was done & I was totally relaxed & aware of the entire event! IT WAS AWESOME!! The level of professionalism, the time & patience sets them apart from other dental offices.” 

Geraldine H.

Cut Off, LA

“I started coming to Dr. Z when I was 17. I would never smile, from embarrassment of my teeth. But the first time I went there, they made me feel so great about myself. Then after a while they have me my smile back without being ashamed. I was scared to go to the dentist. But not with Dr. Z and his staff. They make you feel like family and they care. Now all my family, my brothers, sisters, and there kids all come here. I would refer anyone here. They gave me back what I lost for so long, my smile, and my confidence in my looks. Bless you Dr. Z and his staff”

Nicole S.

Lockport, LA

“I have been a long time patient at Bayou Dental Care. When I got married and had a family, we all are patients here at Bayou Dental. As a patient, they make you feel like you are more than just a patient. It feels more like we are part of their family. I recommend them to everyone I know, and even have other family members that are also patients.”


Raceland, LA

"I would like to thank Dr. Zeringue and his whole staff for going above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and at ease in their care. When I came to you I was so embarrassed to smile and show my teeth I missed important events and avoided smiling. I wasn’t sure that anything could be done with them they was so bad. Thanks to you my teeth are more beautiful than I could ever imagine…Now I spend a lot of time in the mirror looking at my teeth and smiling and that makes me so happy and I am grateful to all of you for everything. Words can’t express my gratitude. Thanks to you I have beautiful teeth and a beautiful smile I am proud to show the whole world… :)  I can’t thank you enough. I will recommend you to my family and friends. You and your staff are the most caring, kind and friendly I have had the pleasure of knowing."

Manhattan Jack

New Orleans, LA

"From the moment you sit in the chair at Bayou Dental you realize you are among professionals.  A team of specialists in their own right will make you feel instantly comfortable and relaxed.  The young ladies assist Dr. Curtis with precision and accuracy.  All the time making me laugh and feeling like one of the family!  Because of Bayou Dental I smile with confidence again."

Patrick K.

Houma, LA

"Everyone was nice and the doctor explained everything. Was really impressed! Everyone was nice and the doctor explained everything. Was really impressed! Everyone was nice and the doctor explained everything. Was really impressed!" 

Carol P.

Gonzales, LA

“Switching my three girls and myself to Dr. Curtis Zeringue over 25 years ago was on of the wisest decisions I’ve made. Even though I relocated to Gonzales from the Bayou Region over 8 years ago, my having to Mathews for my twice-a-year dental check-ups is more than worth it.

Dr. Zeringue has continued to provide excellent dental care because he believes in being pro-active and providing truly professional, cost-effective services. I can thank him and my periodontist for helping me avoid more of the periodontal problems, which caused me to switch to him initially."