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

What You Should Know about Dry Mouth and Dental Damage By drfrey on July 14, 2016

A man with a healthy, white smileDry mouth poses many risks to oral health and should not be ignored. This condition can leave the teeth vulnerable to damage, which could become severe if left untreated. Restorative dentistry treatments can address dental damage caused by dry mouth, restoring oral health and dental function. To undergo treatment for dry mouth and dental damage, schedule a consultation with Virginia Beach, VA dentists Scott Parr and Tara Frey.

How Dry Mouth Causes Dental Damage

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition in which inadequate saliva is produced. Dry mouth has a number of possible causes, including dehydration, breathing dry air, smoking, genetics, or damaged salivary glands.

Dry mouth poses a risk to oral health as a result of a lack of saliva. Saliva keeps the teeth healthy by neutralizing acids within the mouth, washing away food remnants from the teeth, and restoring minerals within the dental enamel. When dry mouth occurs, the risk of oral issues, like oral sores, chronic bad breath, general oral irritation, and dental damage, increases. Some common types of dental damage caused by dry mouth includes:

  • Tooth decay: Dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay because food remnants, bacteria, and acids are left on the teeth.
  • Enamel erosion: Enamel erosion is more common in patients with dry mouth. This is because acids are left on the teeth, resulting in erosion of the enamel.
  • Gum disease: Dry mouth also increases the risk of gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums that can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
  • Tooth discoloration: Tooth discoloration can occur more quickly in those who suffer from dry mouth as a result of food and acids remaining on the teeth.
  • Tooth loss: Tooth decay, enamel erosion, and gum disease are all issues that can occur as a result of dry mouth. If any of these oral health issues goes untreated, tooth loss can occur.

Tips to Alleviate Dry Mouth and Protect Oral Health

In order to protect your smile from the damaging effects of dry mouth, it's important to practice good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Taking steps to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth can also help protect the smile. Follow these tips to alleviate dry mouth:

  • Try an over-the-counter saliva substitute: Some dry mouth suffers find relief with over-the-counter saliva substitutes.
  • Keep hydrated: Staying hydrated can reduce dry mouth, especially that caused by dehydration. Drinking plenty of water can also help flush away food debris from the teeth and neutralize acids within the mouth.
  • Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash: Alcohol-based mouthwashes can increase the symptoms of dry mouth. Switch to an alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce dry mouth symptoms.
  • Use a humidifier: Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which can help reduce dry mouth caused by breathing dry air.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing sugar-free gum throughout the day can help stimulate saliva production, alleviating the symptoms of dry mouth.

Seek Treatment Today

For more information about dry mouth and dental damage, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Parr and Frey.

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

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