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

Effective Control of Periodontal Disease

To prevent tooth loss and serious health complications, it is essential to treat periodontal disease properly and continue to keep it in check. In Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey offer specialized periodontics treatment in this certified center for dental medicine. The Smile Center has a very high rate of success treating gingivitis and periodontitis, even for patients with long-standing disease.

Our team at The Smile Center can help you control periodontal disease and prevent re-infection. To schedule your office appointment, please contact us today.

A graphic comparing a healthy tooth with one affected by periodontal disease.
Long-term periodontal disease not only has a visible effect on the tooth and gums, but on the underlying bones, as well.

About Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is very common, affecting millions of Americans every year. It stems from natural bacteria in the mouth that forms a plaque coating on our teeth. The plaque can be removed with targeted brushing and flossing, but if it remains on the teeth, it hardens into tartar. This stubborn substance can only be removed with professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

If cleanings are not regularly scheduled, gum inflammation is likely to result. Symptoms of gum disease often begin to show up in the 30’s and 40’s, but can occur earlier in some patients. Some people have a genetic predisposition, but cases are also commonly caused by smoking, prescription medications, female hormonal changes, and inadequate oral hygiene.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, presenting with symptoms that include red, swollen gums and bleeding. This condition can be reversed with improved oral hygiene habits and regular professional dental cleanings. Periodontitis is a more advanced condition that can lead to breaking down of bone and connective tissue. If periodontitis is not treated, deep pockets can form around the teeth and the teeth may eventually become loose.

Tooth loss in middle age is common, and in many cases, the cause is periodontal disease. In recent years, a connection has been made between periodontitis and other health conditions. This oral-systemic connection has associated untreated gum disease with higher risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, even some forms of cancer. Pregnant women with untreated periodontitis are also prone to low birth weight babies.

Comprehensive Periodontal Treatment

At The Smile Center, we treat periodontal disease as a whole-health concern rather than just a dental issue. We conduct advanced diagnostic testing that pinpoints the specific type of bacteria causing infection. The presence of certain bacteria and proteins can connect a periodontal condition with an underlying medical concern, such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems.

Our gum disease treatment includes deep root cleaning and the use of lasers to sterilize periodontal pockets. We use relaxation techniques to help patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure. After treatment, Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey may provide vitamin recommendations and a prescription for targeted pharmaceutical drugs. These can help ensure complete recovery and prevent reoccurrence of infection.

Our patients achieve consistently excellent results with our periodontal program, and we are proud of the role we play in protecting the health of many. Through diagnostic testing, we have discovered life-threatening conditions in the early stages, helping patients to prevent further complications.

Do You Need a Periodontal Check-up?

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tenderness and bleeding 
  • Pain when chewing
  • Increasing sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums or teeth appearing longer

If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office today.

The Smile Center

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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