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 Are the Common Causes of Poor Gum Health? By drparr on July 13, 2017

Causes of Poor Gum HealthPoor gum health can be attributed to a number of different factors and is often the result of bad oral hygiene habits, smoking, and even the use of certain medications. When your gum health is jeopardized, it can significantly impact your oral and overall general health. What does the health of your teeth and gums have to do with your overall physical health? Actually, quite a lot.

According to the American Dental Association, your oral health and physical health are interrelated. Your mouth is the gateway to understanding what is going on inside your body. Knowing what the causes of poor gum health are and how they can have an impact on your body will provide you with the information you need to care for your oral health.

When gum health is left unaddressed, it can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, costly restorative dentistry procedures to improve your oral health, and other systemic medical conditions, such as diabetes, oral cancer, and heart disease. At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, our doctors provide routine examinations to help you maintain good oral hygiene.

Common Factors that Contribute to Poor Gum Health

Below are the different factors that can cause poor gum health:

  • Age: Patients over the age of 65 have a higher risk of experiencing gum health issues.
  • Heredity: If you have a family history of gum disease in your family, you may be at risk for developing it yourself.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: This is the number one cause of gum health issues in the United States. Patients who fail to brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist for professional cleanings are more likely to develop gum disease. In addition, improper oral hygiene habits, such as aggressive brushing can cause gums to recede.
  • Tobacco Products: Patients who smoke or use tobacco products place themselves at great risk for oral health complications, such as gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Teeth Grinding: Also known as bruxism, this oral health condition weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes you more susceptible for bacterial overgrowth. As the bacteria remains, it can settle in between teeth and underneath your gum line, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Medications: Certain medications for anxiety, birth control, and high blood pressure can cause dry mouth and increase your risk for gum disease. Speak with your doctor and dentist about the possible oral health side effects of the medications you are on and what you can do to combat them.

What Are the Symptoms?

When gum health is compromised, it can quickly lead to a bacterial infection within the mouth known as gum disease. This oral health condition is often hard to detect in its early stage, which is why it’s important to visit the dentist every six months. If you experience any of the below symptoms, it’s important to visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent further, more complicated issues from developing.

  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
  • Tender or sensitive gums
  • Tooth pain
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Shifting or loose teeth

Protect Your Oral Health

If you are concerned you may have gums that have been compromised, it’s important to schedule an appointment with The Smile Center as quickly as possible. To do so, you can contact us online or give us a call at (757) 473-8482. Once gum disease develops, it will progress quickly. We offer a variety of periodontal and restorative treatments to help you maintain your smile.

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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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