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

Is Dental Care Important for Heart Health? By drfrey on May 09, 2016

A healthy looking woman with a beautiful, white smileEating a healthy diet and exercising daily are essential for heart health, but brushing and flossing may also play an important role in keeping your heart strong. Studies suggest that there is a link between gum disease and heart issues. Practicing proper dental care can reduce the risk of gum disease and maybe even protect your heart. Restorative dentistry treatments can target dental damage and other oral health issues to improve dental function and restore oral health. Learn more about dental care and heart health in this overview from Virginia Beach, VA dentists Scott Parr and Tara Frey.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Health

Gum disease is a one of the biggest threats to oral health and it may also be a threat to heart health. Although it is not clear if gum disease causes heart problems, studies suggest there is a strong link between the severity of gum disease and the likelihood of heart issues.

It is believed that because gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, and bacterial infections are known to spread through the bloodstream, it's possible that oral bacteria can affect the arteries and the heart itself. Those with severe gum disease, called periodontitis, are more likely to experience the following heart problems:

  • Bacterial infections within the heart: Bacterial infections from the mouth, like gum disease, may be able to travel through the bloodstream, spreading to the inner tissue of the heart, the endocardium tissue. The endocardium is the tissue that lines the inside of the heart and the valves. Bacterial infection of this tissue is called endocarditis and can cause permanent damage to the valves of the heart, reducing the heart's ability to circulate blood.
  • Arterial inflammation: Bacterial infections are known to cause inflammation of the gum tissue. Studies suggest those with severe gum disease are more likely to also suffer from arterial inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
  • Increased risk of heart attack: Severe gum disease also appears to be linked to an increased risk of heart attack, as studies indicate those with advanced gum disease are more likely to suffer from a heart attack.  

Dental Care for Good Health

Although proper dental care alone will not guarantee a healthy heart (you also need to eat a heart-healthy diet and regularly exercise), it can lower the risk of gum disease, which may be linked to heart issues. Lower your risk of gum disease by following these dental care tips:

  • Floss everyday: Flossing daily, combined with regular brushing, is extremely effective at reducing the risk of gum disease. Flossing helps remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris from the gum line and between the teeth where brushing can't reach.
  • Brush twice a day: In addition to flossing daily, brushing twice a day is a great way to lower the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. When brushing, be sure to spend a full two minutes brushing the teeth to ensure thorough cleaning.  
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash: Swishing with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing can help reduce bacteria within the mouth, further helping to prevent gum disease.    
  • Undergo regular dental exams and cleanings: Regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended every six months because they help catch oral health problems early and prevent plaque and tartar buildup where brushing and flossing at home can miss.

Receive Your Personalized Treatment Plan

To receive your personalized treatment plan, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey.

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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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