The safety, health and well-being of our mutual patients has always been our top priority. Whether this is through the care we provide or the environment of our surgical facilities. Our internal policies and procedures have always exceeded federally mandated guidelines to protect our patients and staff. Our commitment to provide your patients the safest care throughout this evolving situation is not something we take lightly.
We always have and will continue to go above and beyond to ensure that we are exceeding the highest standard of care and customer service.
Here are a few extra precautions that we are taking, but not limited to:
• Monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization.
• Following the news related to local conditions on an hourly basis.
• Increasing the frequency of our sanitation practices inside and outside our surgical facilities.
• Wiping down our waiting rooms, chairs, counters and door handles hourly.
• Providing additional hand sanitizer to patients.
• Allowing our patients to wait in their cars or outside our office and notifying them when we are ready for their appointment.
We are also asking our patients a few questions to help mitigate any potential exposures. These questions are:
• If you are a patient who has traveled outside the US within the last month
• Had contact with someone who traveled outside the US and was/is now sick
• Had contact with someone who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or the flu
• Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: Temperature, Active Cough or Trouble Breathing
If you answer yes, our doctor will be informed and will take appropriate action to protect patients and staff.
The Doctors and Staff at SVII
There are many factors that increase a person’s chances of having high blood pressure. One of the most overlooked causes is gum disease. Since May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, it is a good time to schedule an appointment with our periodontist to determine if you have gum disease.
As of now, the relationship between periodontitis and high blood pressure has more to do with correlation than causation. While researchers believe bacteria in the mouth could enter the bloodstream, further studies are required to definitively prove the link. It is possible the link has more to do with behavioral factors that increase a person’s likelihood of developing both diseases. For example, if a person smokes, then the chemicals found in tobacco would have adverse effects to both the gum tissue and heart. One study has shown participants who followed more intense oral health regimens, which involved regular teeth cleanings and plaque removal, did see a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure over the course of six months.
Even if you are in otherwise good health, you should still see a professional if you believe you suffer from gum disease. The most common symptoms of the condition include swollen gums, a receding gum line, and constant toothaches.
If the disease is not treated promptly, then it can quickly escalate. Over time, gingivitis can turn into aggressive periodontitis, which results in deep periodontal pockets in addition to loss of jaw bone. The most severe form of the disease is periodontal disease, resulting in lesions. For gum disease treatment, we offer the LANAP laser treatment to remove harmful bacteria without cutting into the tissue.
May might be National High Blood Pressure Education Month, but you should take care of your health all year long. Schedule an appointment at our office at your earliest convenience.
119A University Blvd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
New Patients: 540-431-4392
Current Patients: 540-434-8575
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
*Closed 1pm to 2pm for Lunch