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 Exams for Seniors By drparr on March 29, 2020

Senior female looks at her white smile while seated on a dentist chairDental exams allow your dentist to check for dental problems and treat them early before they cause discomfort or irreversible damage. Patients who are over 65 are particularly vulnerable to the cumulative effects of wear and decay. According to the American Dental Association, seniors are more likely to suffer from dry mouth, cavities, and gum disease.

Depending on your oral health needs, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey may recommend that you visit our practice twice a year or more. At the Smile Center, we offer dental exams for seniors to patients from Virginia Beach, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk, VA, and surrounding areas.

Benefits of Dental Exams for Patients Over 65

Geriatric individuals are at higher risk for a wide range of dental problems. Many older adults have dry mouth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people aged 65 and over have one or more untreated cavities. Untreated decay can lead to a root canal infection.

Dental exams can prevent the need for tooth extraction because dentists can address dental problems before they progress.

Most dental exams and cleanings can be completed in under one hour. If you are 65 or older and have not had a dental exam within six months, you are missing out on important preventative care.

What to Expect during Your Exam

Dental exams for seniors are similar to exams for patients of all ages. One difference is that seniors often suffer from age-related conditions. Your exam may include x-rays, a CT scan, an assessment of the health of your periodontal tissues, and more to check for oral health problems that commonly affect seniors.

Dental exams are often scheduled during your regular dental cleaning for your convenience. We will ask if you have experienced any symptoms that could be cause for concern.

During your exam, we will be looking for signs of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Dry mouth
  • Worn enamel
  • Chips and cracks
  • Broken or maladjusted prosthetics

By scheduling regular visits to our dental practice, we can gain a better understanding of your unique oral health needs.

Tips for Maintaining Your Oral Health

Maintaining your oral health during your golden years requires brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist regularly. As we age, our tooth enamel tends to become thinner, which can leave the teeth vulnerable to decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and optimal oral-systemic health can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

Schedule Your Dental Exam Today

Dental care for seniors is important. Age-related dental problems can’t always be prevented, but they can often be maintained and treated through regular visits to our dental practice.

During your exam, we will take the time to listen to you and answer your questions. You will always be informed on every step of your cleaning and exam, as well as all aspects of your procedure. To schedule your dental exam, please contact our office online or call (757) 241-8012.

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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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