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Face Shields: Do We Need Them?

The last few months have brought many changes on how the world operates. Dental offices are no exception. In our office, we wear extra gear, such as wearing mask at all times, disposable jackets, hair bouffant cap, gloves and etc. According to a recent article in the The Wall Street Journal: “With face shields a growing part of hospital protocol, some infectious disease doctors are calling for greater adoption outside the medical setting.” You may wonder, how does a face shield offer protection from COVID-19? Let’s understand how one gets infected with COVID-19. This virus spreads through droplets that are released into the air from an infectious person when they cough, sneeze or talk. The mouth, nose and the eyes are potential areas of how the virus can get into your system. Masks protect your mouth and nose, but what about the eyes? According to the vice president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and an infectious disease physician Dr. Daniel McQu
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Important Office Changes...Updated!

The last few weeks have been very hectic! Though we have been open through it all for emergencies, we have found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. Luckily, there have been many wonderful webinars full of awesome information. It's never bad to welcome change. To help us service our patients and community in a healthier and safer environment, we are implementing some changes in our office. Here are some precautions we are taking to help fight COVID-19: 1. We ask of patients, if you're having a cough, fever or any symptoms that suggest an illness, stay home! Seek medical assistance. 2. Prior to the pandemic, we went to great lengths to provide a clean and safe environment for our patients. We're taking it a step further! The office is cleaned & disinfected every morning, in between patients and every afternoon. Even if there are no patients seen that day. Kat wiping down the front desk counter. 3. Doctor and staff are wearing facial masks/shields a

COVID-19 Update

We are open! During this difficult time, we are providing services for those urgently seeking root canal treatment. To ensure your health & safety and that of our Doctor & office staff, we do ask that if you have a cough, a fever or flu-symptoms that you postpone until symptoms have improved. We thank you and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  For more information about COVID-19 visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Office Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 10AM-4PM Additional Information: Calls & emails are being answered by office staff from 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday.  Online appointment requests are answered the following business day, unless request are made during business hours.   The answering services takes over after 4PM everyday until 9AM the next morning. Weekends are also handled by the answering services. Messages left with the answering service are forwarded to the Doctor. Your call will be retur

Cold, Flu or COVID-19?

Curious on how to tell if your symptoms are a cold, the flu or the coronavirus? Check out this chart provided by to us by PBHS. Learn more by visiting the CDC's website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html .

Worth Saving

In today's world, we know that social media plays a vital role in patients' decision making. Patients tend to do research before they make an appointment. In our office, 30% of our patients say they find us through their research online. 30% is a huge spike from previous years.  The American Association of Enodontists (AAE) started a campaign called "Worth Saving". This campaign was created to rise awareness to people that their natural teeth are worth saving. Through their social media and advertising, the AAE has been able to spread awareness of Endodontics and the reason to keeping your own teeth. In the few months since the start of the campaign, the AAE has seen a growth in total patient social media users. In the first half of 2019, on their Facebook page, they've seen a 4.99% growth in the number of people that liked the page. A 8.99% growth with their Twitter followers. Finally, a 65% growth from free advertising from Google.  The numbers for Faceb

New prescription mandate!!

Did you know that the Commonwealth of Virginia amended a bill, early this year, in which it mandates that all prescriptions containing opioids be electronically transmitted? This amendment becomes effective July 1, 2020. The code of Virginia §54.1-3408.02 reads: “A. Consistent with federal law and in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Board, prescriptions may be transmitted to a pharmacy by electronic transmission or by facsimile machine and shall be treated as valid original prescriptions B. Any prescription for a controlled substance that contains opioids shall be issued as an electronic prescription.” This information was brought to our attention in a dental meeting in Texas. Virginia is joining several other states in the fight against drug overdose.  For the complete regulation visit: https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/54.1-3408.02 /

Use your dental benefits!

The end of the year is upon us which means your dental benefits are about to expire. Most dental plans, but not all, expire on December 31st. If you have some dental work that needs to get done, do it! Save yourself some money by using your dental benefits. Don't wait until your tooth hurts: a small ache can result in a bigger course of treatment.  While we're on the subject of benefits, for those that have FSA: use it! Those benefits also expire. So don't forget to use it or you lose it. Take full advantage of your dental benefits today by visiting your dentist.