Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are planning to reopen our office for patient treatment on Monday, May 4th. Initially we will be open from 8am til 2pm though we will expand those hours as needed.

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 are ONLY opening because we have carefully planned and revised our 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 will be 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

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Bad Breath

Bad breath can be embarrassing. If it is persistent, it can also indicate a serious oral health problem.

If you find that you often have bad breath, stop reaching for the gum and mints - reach out to a dentist.

Is my bad breath a problem?

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Consider Three Main Indicators:

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Frequency

Mouth odor following meals or a night of sleep is normal. If you experience bad breath around the clock, it's time to speak to a professional.
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Persistence

Brushing and flossing can quickly eliminate bad breath if you have a healthy smile. However, if it persists even after cleaning your teeth, this indicates a problem.

Reactions

If anyone feels compelled to actually tell you that your breath is offensive, and you're pretty sure it's not due to the garlic bread you had for lunch, something else may be at work.

Why do I always have bad breath?

Ask Yourself:

  1. Do I neglect to brush and floss as recommended?
  2. Do I frequently have a dry mouth?
  3. Am I overdue for a dental checkup or medical exam?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may need a doctor's attention.

Causes of Bad Breath

Gum Disease

Gum disease and plaque buildup are very common causes of persistent bad breath. Poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, and genetics can all contribute to these conditions.

Dehydration

Inadequate water intake, breathing through your mouth, certain medications, and living in a dry climate can all cause dry mouth, which can often result in bad breath.

Other Health Issues

Acid reflux, infections in the oral cavity, and inflammation of the ear canals, sinuses, and throat can lead to chronic bad breath. Some cancers can also result in a foul mouth odor.

Which doctor should I speak to first?

Visit a dental professional to check your oral hygiene. If this is found to be fine, referral to a specialist ear, nose and throat doctor may prove beneficial. Dr. Martin Scurr, The Daily Mail

Bad Breath is Usually Preventable

Floss

Neglecting to floss can place you at much greater risk of gum disease and bad breath. Tongue scrapers can also  eliminate bacteria that cause mouth odors.
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Attend Regular Checkups

By attending checkups at least every six months and establishing ongoing care with a general physician, your doctors can detect and treat conditions that cause bad breath in the earliest stages.

Stay Hydrated

This one sounds obvious, but it is easy to forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Check Your Meds

If you have begun to experience a dry mouth after starting to take a medication, let your physician know.

How will a doctor determine if my breath is a serious issue?

Simple Checkups Tell Detailed Stories

A standard exam by a dentist can quickly reveal gum disease, plaque, or other issues causing bad breath. A routine physical exam by your general practitioner can also reveal any conditions that might be contributing to bad breath. If necessary, your doctor can refer you to a specialist who can provide further analysis.

So how can I get rid of bad breath?

The Solution is Usually Simple

Dental Cleaning

A routine cleaning can freshen your breath considerably, and allow you to start a more disciplined daily oral hygiene routine. Active treatment of gum disease or an infection in the oral cavity can eventually eliminate halitosis.

Healthy Choices

Healthy lifestyle choices can improve your breath significantly. Brush after meals, floss at least once per day, drink plenty of water, and if you use tobacco, kick the habit.

Strategic Care

If your breath is indicative of a more complex health issue, your doctor can create a treatment plan to resolve the condition.

I just can't seem to get rid of my bad breath...

Call Your Dentist Today

If you can't eliminate unwanted mouth odors, don't settle for cover-ups or suffering with embarrassment. Consult your dentist and start taking effective measures against bad breath.

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