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

Dental Care Is an Important Tool for Diabetics By drparr on June 08, 2016

Floss, toothbrush, and mouthwashProfessional dental care is something that is universally beneficial. All patients can benefit from professional dental exams and cleanings, as well as occasional dental treatments. Although dental care should be an important part of anyone’s health care routine, there are those who should be especially attentive to their teeth and gums. Diabetic patients are more likely to experience oral health problems, and, therefore, are in particular need of professional dental care. At The Smile Center, our experienced dentists offer a comprehensive range of dental services, including restorative dentistry treatments to repair dental damage. We are happy to provide dental care for diabetics at our Virginia Beach, VA practice.

Oral Health Risks for Diabetics

Oral health problems are a risk for any patient, but they are particularly concerning for diabetics. Whether a patient suffers from type one or type two diabetes, the body has difficulty regulating its blood sugar level. An increase in blood sugar levels can impact the entire body, including the mouth. High blood sugar can compromise the health of the teeth and gums. These are some of the oral health problems that are more common in diabetic patients, especially those who do not properly regulate their blood sugar levels:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease
  • Tooth loss

Tips to Preserve Your Oral Health

Although diabetes increases the risk of many oral health problems, patients do have control over the health of their teeth and gums. There are many steps that diabetic patients can take to control diabetes, maintain good oral health, and prevent serious dental complications. Below are some important tips for preserving oral health while dealing with diabetes:

  • Take prescribed medication and follow doctor’s orders to maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Inform your dentist of your diabetic condition
  • Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least biannually (or more frequently according to the dentist’s recommendations)
  • Schedule any necessary restorative dental treatment as soon as possible
  • Report any signs of gum disease (bleeding, red, swollen gums) to the dentist as soon as possible
  • Brush the teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss the teeth on a daily basis
  • Refrain from smoking, which increases the risk of diabetic complications

The Importance of Professional Dental Care

At-home oral hygiene habits can go a long way in preserving oral health and avoiding dental complications. However, professional dental care provides a superior level of care that further protects diabetic patients from oral health problems. At The Smile Center, we offer general dentistry services, such as exams and cleanings, to prevent dental complications, as well as restorative dentistry treatments to repair damage before it progresses into a more serious problem. All of these services assist our patients in preserving a healthy and beautiful smile despite their diabetic condition.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to work with a dentist who understands the impact this disease can have on the smile. At The Smile Center, our dentists have experience in helping diabetic patients care for their smiles. To learn more about our comprehensive range of dental services, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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The Smile Center

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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