Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are now open and operating under our full schedule.

COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care, and we deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we opened with carefully planned and revised office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members. Our own families are also patients here, so you can be assured that we’ll be taking care of you just as well as we’ll be taking care of them.

For your peace of mind, the measures we are taking to provide a safe dental treatment experience include, but are not limited to, the following:

Upon Your Arrival at the Office

●     Patients will be screened BEFORE treatment and temperatures will be checked. Any patients showing signs of a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

●     ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible.

●     Patients are asked to wait in their cars or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time.

●     The waiting area chairs will be spaced apart to allow for 6 feet of distancing.

●     We will ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office, including the front desk.

●     The front door and the door between the waiting area and operatories will be propped open all day.

●     There will be no physical contact with patients with the exception of treatment.

During Treatment

●     All rooms will be COMPLETELY sterilized before each patient is seated, and public areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned and sterilized frequently throughout the day.

●     All operatories have high-volume air filtration and we have installed a whole office purification system. This system will kill the Covid virus along with other contaminates

●     Our team will STRICTLY follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA in regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and office sterilization.

●     During patient care, goggles or face shields will be worn by everyone and changed between patients.

●     All surfaces that came in contact with the patient will be wiped with disinfectant including the patient chair.

Checking Out After Your Appointment

●    We will be requesting prepayments when we know the amount of payment which will expidite your visit 

●     All efforts will be made to complete scheduling in the back of the office so you can leave without stopping at the front desk

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution, but we want you to feel as confident as we do that any visit you make to our office will be a safe one.

We also realize that many of you have been impacted financially during this outbreak, and we have solutions to keep dental care affordable for you and your family.

To discuss these payment options, schedule an appointment, or ask us any questions you may have about your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 757-473-8482

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Parr, Dr. Frey and the Smile Center Team

Halitosis No More: Bad Breath Causes and Treatments By drfrey on May 08, 2015

A woman covering her mouth, as if to indicate she suffers from bad breathWe’ve all been there - that crucial moment during a conversation or other intimate moment when we realized that our breath might be somewhat less than fresh. It’s not a good feeling.

For some people, bad breath is more than just an “uh-oh” moment. For sufferers of chronic halitosis, it is a constant source of self-consciousness and often depression.

Thankfully, the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey, The Smile Center, offers hope to those who are held back by their bad breath. What many people do not realize is that bad breath is often a problem that is rooted in preventable causes, rather than one that simply has to be lived with and covered up by chemical sprays and rinses. With proper diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan, most people who suffer from bad breath can dramatically improve their condition and their quality of life. If you are interested in discovering how you might benefit from customized bad breath treatments at our Virginia Beach dental practice, we invite you to meet with one of our esteemed dentists at your earliest convenience.

Are you brushing and flossing properly?

Believe it or not, if you suffer from bad breath, there is a good chance that it is caused by poor oral hygiene. Don’t be offended. Many people who brush and floss every day are surprised and often irritated when we inform them that they have not been brushing and flossing properly, and that this is one of the likely causes of their bad breath. However, a proper at-home oral hygiene regimen should consist of the following:

  • Brushing and flossing after every meal, as well as after consuming foods and beverages that are high in acidic content (berries, citrus fruits, sodas, salad dressings, etc.)
  • Using a soft-bristled tooth brush with gentle force, up and down, on all surfaces of the teeth, including the back surfaces
  • Brushing the tongue thoroughly
  • Flossing between each teeth with a clean section of floss, gently guiding the floss with a zig-zag motion, up and down and under the gum line
  • Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse

Of course, this oral hygiene regimen should be augmented by routine visits to our office for professional cleanings to remove the plaque and tartar that cannot be removed at home. If you are not visiting the dentist twice a year and brushing and flossing as described above, then your bad breath may be at least partly a result of poor oral hygiene.

Other Causes of Bad Breath

Other causes of bad breath include:

  • Gum disease, particularly in its advanced form (periodontitis)
  • Root canal infections
  • Tooth decay
  • Improperly cleaned dentures
  • Smoking
  • Malnutrition
  • Certain medications and diseases
  • Dehydration and dry mouth
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Metal braces

How is bad breath treated?

The recommended treatment plan for bad breath will depend upon the identified cause or causes in your particular case. One of our dentists will conduct a thorough health history and examination of your mouth to arrive at the likely causes and then suggest the most conservative course of treatment that is likely to produce the best results.

In most cases, patients are able to achieve good results through lifestyle changes. Almost certainly, an improvement to your oral health regimen will be recommended. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit. If you do not drink enough water, you will be provided with strategies to increase your water intake.

Of course, if there is an underlying oral health issue at fault for your bad breath, we will discuss your treatment options with you and schedule your appointments accordingly.

Learn More about Bad Breath Causes and Treatments

To learn more about bad breath causes and treatments, please contact The Smile Center today.

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The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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