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Our COVID19 Safety Precautions

June 2020

Dear Patients,

I hope this finds you well and staying healthy during these uncertain times. I wanted to reach out and provide reassurnace that we are here for you and are continuing to use our best practices to protect and deliver exceptional safe care. Below is outlined some of the extra precautions that we continue to take since reopening on May 4.

  • Daily screenings of temperature and symptoms for team members
  • Screening of patients upon arrival – temperatures taken and questionnaires are reviewed. Anyone with a temperature of 100 F or higher will be rescheduled for a later date
  • Hand sanitizer provided to patients upon arrival
  • Team members must wear face masks at all times. Patients are provided with a mask upon arrival if they do not have their own face covering
  • Only patients are allowed in waiting area. Anyone accompanying the patient must wait in their vehicle except for minors or those needing special assistance
  • Pre-appointment hydrogen peroxide mouth rinses and betadine spray are provided to the patient to minimize any viral particles in the mouth
  • When possible we are using aerosol isolating devices reducing contamination that could be generated
  • Clinical staff have increased personal protective equipment to include N95 masks, face shields, eye protection, surgical caps
  • After a patient leaves the operatory room, we follow CDC guidelines for disinfection between patients
  • UV-C air filtration units are in each operatory for air purification
  • The office is fogged 3 times a day with disinfectant

Thank you for continuing to entrust our office with your dental needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Caroline Wallace DDS

 
Encourage Your Child to Brush

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Are these behaviors harming your teeth?

 

Most of us have habits or behaviors that we use when we think or when we are under stress. Unfortunately, some of these behaviors can harm your teeth. Many are associated with our work or workplaces. man chewing pencil - paid - shutterstock 36372031

 

1. Morning coffee. Some of us sip on a cup of coffee all day or all morning. Sipping on coffee throughout the day can cause dry mouth, bad breath, cavities, and stained teeth. Also, drink water when you finish your coffee.

 

2. Smoking. We all know how harmful smoking is. Don't forget that smoking can harm your teeth.

 

3. Failure to hydrate. We need to drink our required amount of water to stay healthy. Replacing coffee with water is a good idea. Hydration is especially important for people who work out of doors or in jobs that involve strenuous activities.

 

4. Teeth are not tools. Your teeth are not intended to pull out staples, to tear packaging, or to rip tape from packaging. Teeth are absolutely not intended to remove bottle caps or to keep nails, pins, and other items handy. These activities can chip or break teeth.

 

5. Don't chew pens or pencils. This is a very common practice when people are thinking. But chewing on pens and pencils can wear down the edges of your teeth or slowly eat away enamel.

 

6. Don't grind your teeth. If you are inclined to grind, try keeping celery or carrots at hand. You will protect your teeth and your jaw.

 

7. Use a mouthguard, if appropriate. If your job puts you in danger of sustaining a blow to your mouth, a mouthguard will protect your teeth.

 

These are a few of the most common ways that people harm their teeth while working (at home or elsewhere). Be sure to see your dentist regularly and tell your dentist or hygienist if you have any of these habits.

 
How Alcohol Affects Your Teeth

Most of us know what alcohol can do to the body and the brain – especially the liver. But how does alcohol affect your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues?

Our first question likely will be, “How much alcohol are we talking about?”alcoholic drinks-pixabay cco - 2578446 640

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines moderate alcohol use as one drink per day for a woman and no more than two drinks per day for a man. They define heavy drinking as more than 8 drinks per week for women and more than 15 drinks per week for men.

Two things to keep in mind:

  1. Gum disease, mouth sores, and tooth decay are all far more likely for heavy drinkers.
  2. Alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer.

What are the effects?

One study concluded that red wine kills the oral bacteria streptococci, which is a factor in tooth decay. People with alcohol use disorder seem to have higher levels of plaque on their teeth. They are also at triple the risk of permanent tooth loss. But what about moderate drinkers?

  • Tooth staining. The color in beverages is from chromogens, which attach to tooth enamel that has been thinned by the acid in alcohol and stain the teeth. One possible preventive step is to use a straw when drinking alcoholic beverages. Mixing alcohol with dark-colored soda or consuming red wine can stain or discolor your teeth. Beer, like wine, is acidic and affects the tooth enamel. Darker beers are more likely to stain your teeth due to the dark barley and malts in dark beer.
  • Dry Mouth. Beverages that are high in alcohol tend to dry your mouth. This removes the saliva that keeps your teeth moist and helps to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Many people try to overcome the dryness by quickly consuming another drink. But this simple makes your mouth dryer. Instead, you need to drink a lot of water while you are consuming alcohol.
  • Other effects. By chewing the ice in your drinks, you increase the risk of damage from consuming alcohol. Chewing ice can break or chip a tooth. If you add lemon or lime to your drink, you add an acidic agent that can erode tooth enamel.

Before you consume the next alcoholic beverage, your teeth will be thankful if you take steps to protect your teeth and gums.

 
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