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 Tips and Treatments for Seniors By drfrey on July 11, 2016

A senior woman sitting in a dentist's chairSeniors are particularly prone to oral health issues, whether due to years of neglecting oral health, or simply as a result of the aging process. Oral health issues, like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss, can leave seniors unable to eat comfortably or smile with confidence. Fortunately, restorative dentistry treatments can help seniors enjoy restored dental function, good oral health, and improved confidence. Drs. Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer dental care for seniors at their Virginia Beach, VA practice. To find out which treatment is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

Dental Care Tips for Seniors

It's not uncommon for the teeth to show signs of aging in the senior years. Over time, the teeth can become worn, fractured, discolored, and, in some cases, suffer the effects of years of poor oral health. Practicing proper dental care is especially important for seniors because they are at increased risk of oral health issues. Follow these dental care tips for seniors to help protect your smile and prevent dental damage.

  • Practice proper oral hygiene: Practicing proper oral hygiene at every age is one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. Proper oral hygiene includes brushing for a full two minutes at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, every day.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash: In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, rinsing the mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash can further reduce the risk of gum disease.
  • Practice good oral hygiene even with dentures: Even though those that wear a full set of dentures no longer have teeth, they are still vulnerable to oral infections and should continue to practice good oral hygiene. Denture wearers should use toothpaste to brush their gums, tongue, and inside of their cheeks to reduce the risk of infections, like oral thrush, as well as reduce bad breath. Dentures should also be cleaned daily with denture cleaner or mild dish soap.
  • See your dentist every six months: Dental exams and cleanings should be performed at least once every six months to prevent oral health problems, catch any issues early, and keep the teeth clean and free of plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Seek treatment at the first indication of an oral health issue: Seeking treatment at the first signs of an oral health issue is key to preventing serious dental problems. Some signs to pay attention to include increased dental sensitivity or pain (which can indicate tooth decay) and bleeding gums (a common sign of gum disease).

Popular Treatments for Seniors

In addition to practicing good dental care habits, many seniors benefit from restorative dentistry treatments. Restorative dentistry treatments can help improve the health of teeth damaged by years of wear and tear as well as rejuvenate the overall appearance. Some popular treatments include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Implant-supported bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Implant-supported dentures
  • Traditional removable dentures

Restore Your Oral Health and Improve Your Smile

A healthy smile can rejuvenate your appearance and allow seniors to enjoy improved quality of life. For more information about dental care for seniors, we encourage 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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