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

Preserve Oral Health By Avoiding Bad Dental Habits By drfrey on January 12, 2016

Man with his hands surrounding a model of a toothOnce a person has grown his or her permanent set of teeth, there are no natural replacements that will come in if those teeth become damaged or lost. While restorative dentistry can rebuild a smile damaged by injury, decay, or tooth loss, it is always ideal to protect the natural teeth and preserve good oral health. One way in which patients can help to ensure that the teeth will remain strong and healthy is by avoiding bad dental habits. Bad dental habits can break down tooth enamel, weaken the structure of the teeth, and leave the mouth vulnerable to serious dental complications. The team of dentists at The Smile Center discusses bad dental habits with our Virginia Beach, VA patients so that they understand the importance of avoiding these potentially harmful habits.

Bad Dental Habits

There are several habits that can damage the teeth and increase the risk of oral health problems. However, many of these habits cause gradual damage, so patients are often not aware of how harmful these habits are. Below are some bad dental habits that can compromise the health, strength, and beauty of the smile:

  • Teeth grinding: Teeth grinding and clenching is a common dental habit. Many people practice this habit as a way of dealing with stress or tension. Other conditions that may contribute to teeth grinding include alignment problems and temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. Whatever the cause of this habit may be, the results are likely to be the same. Teeth grinding places excessive pressure on the teeth and can break down tooth enamel over time, making the teeth vulnerable to decay, infection, chips, cracks, and fractures.
  • Biting on non-food items: The teeth are meant to chew food, but that is it. They are not built for biting the nails, breaking through packaging, or opening cans or bottles. Unfortunately, many people use their teeth as tools. The risk of an injury while performing these tasks is high, but even if the teeth do not chip or break, the tooth enamel will wear down and the strength of the teeth will be compromised.
  • Brushing the teeth with excessive force: It is important to brush the teeth at least twice a day, but even if a patient is brushing frequently enough, they will not be benefiting themselves if they are using too much force when doing so. The teeth are surrounded by a protective layer of enamel, but they are still relatively delicate. The enamel needs to last a lifetime, so it is important to brush the teeth with gentle strokes, and to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard bristles and excessive force will break down tooth enamel and make it easier for bacteria to reach the center of the tooth, where decay and infection can develop.
  • Avoiding professional dental care: Even if all other dental habits are avoided, professional dental care is a must. Far too many people fail to schedule routine dental exams and cleanings, and, therefore, do not catch oral health problems until they have reached advanced stages. To get the greatest benefits from professional dental care, exams and cleanings should be scheduled at least twice a year.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking for a trusted and experienced dentist to provide the general dentistry care you need to preserve the health of your smile, look no further than The Smile Center. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our comprehensive range of dental services.

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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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