At times, life can seem to move quickly. Between work, school, sports, and social events, it can seem there is little time left for you and your health. It’s imperative for a healthy mouth and body to always have your next dental appointment scheduled and to prioritize this care. Our team will work with you to find the most convenient day and time for you. If you need to reschedule, we will do our best to accommodate you. Advanced notice of a change is greatly appreciated, whenever possible. Missed appointments without notice are harmful to our practice, as we’ve reserved your appointment time exclusively for you.
Missed dental appointments can lead to worsened oral and overall health. Whether receiving preventive or restorative care, if left without professional treatment, plaque and decay will progress and the state of your oral health will likely decline. Some of our patients are predisposed to more frequent oral health issues. Many times, these guests prefer more frequent office visits. Please know this is an option for you as well. Investing in one extra cleaning each year can often prevent more costly concerns.
We know it can be tempting to skip your dental appointment. Perhaps you’d rather be relaxing at home or you’ve had a last-minute obligation arise. Please make every effort to prioritize your healthy smile, as it significantly contributes to your overall health.
Don’t wait until you’re in pain to see your dentist! Most people make time to clean out the house, car, garage, or closets at least twice a year. Why not include your oral health on your “to do” list?
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Regular professional cleaning and examinations are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. These routine visits are your first line of defense against tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and more. Early identification and treatment of any oral illness improves outcomes and allows for less-invasive treatment options. Don’t wait until it hurts!
Why Do We Avoid Going?
The HDI institute, in a study done with the American Dental Association, lists some of the main reasons we sometimes delay going to the dentist. Cost, low perceived need, time, and anxiety are the most common causes. However, if we allow these concerns to interfere with oral care, we may allow more serious issues to develop.
When Should We See the Dentist?
The ADA or American Dental Society recommends maintaining twice yearly visits for cleaning and examinations. In addition, they advise making an appointment for any of the following concerns:
Pain in your mouth, teeth, or face
Injury to your mouth, teeth, or face
Conditions that can affect oral health, such as diabetes
Jaw pain or stiffness
Bleeding, swelling, or redness in your gums
Recent dental treatment, such as fillings, crowns, implants, or root canal
Pain or difficulty eating or drinking
Chronic dry mouth
Smoking or tobacco use
Sores in your mouth that are not healing
You have questions or concerns about your oral health or hygiene
Park Place Dental is taking steps to protect both our patients and staff from the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. As dental professionals, we have always confronted the realities of infectious diseases and Park Place Dental has already implemented the recommended guidelines to help keep the public and profession safe. We are doing our part to help slow disease transmission and reduce the number of people who get sick.
Our preparedness plan includes protecting our staff and non-COVID-19 patients seeking dental care from infection. It is important for us to continue to provide the appropriate level of dental care for our patients in a safe manner. We are keeping up to date on the recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the CDC’s website. We are also checking with the ADA, the American Dental Association, and the NC State Dental Board for their recommendations.
We will provide updates about changes to our policies regarding appointments via email and postings on our social media and webpages.
Our patient policies will be as follows until further notice:
We are screening patients before their appointment. We are rescheduling patients if they are in the at-risk populations, or if they or anyone in their home has any upper respiratory symptoms. We are also rescheduling patients if they or anyone in their home has a recent history of international travel or travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19.
We are eliminating patient penalties for appointment cancellations during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that you call to reschedule your appointment if any of the above apply to you or if you would like to postpone your appointment until this uncertain time has passed.
Patients should arrive on-time for their appointments, rather than early, to minimize the amount of time spent in the reception area. Patients will also be given the option to wait in their personal vehicles as we prepare for their appointment.
We will include temperature readings as part of our routine assessment prior to performing dental procedures. Temperatures must read below 100.3 to be considered non-feverish. We will also ask that patients wash their hands upon arrival.
We will have all patients rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide once in the clinic chair before dental procedures begin. Corona virus is vulnerable to oxidation; this will reduce the salivary load of oral microbes.
In addition to the above policy changes and standard precaution procedures, we will also be disinfecting common areas such as reception and bathrooms, as well as light switches, doorknobs, etc. on an hourly schedule.
Thank you for your support of our practice over the years and for your cooperation during this time of COVID-19. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and we will do our part in protecting our community. We will get through this together. Please stay well.
Sincerely, Dr. Mary Gaddis
Park Place Dental • Durham NC Dentist 245 E NC Hwy 54 #204 • Durham, NC 27713 • (919) 484-8088
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