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
Every time you visit your dentist, you may receive a new toothbrush from them. While you may take it as a token for the ‘trauma’ you think you’ve just faced, but reality is it’s because of how frequently you should be changing your toothbrush. It is recommended by the American Dental Association, or the ADA that you should change your toothbrush every three to four months, or when your bristles become frayed. Why is it so important to change your toothbrush so often?
Changing your toothbrush is important because if it is frayed, or has been in the timeframe of four months, it is not working as efficiently as possible. The efficiency is not determined on whether you have an electric toothbrush or a manual, but rather if it is capable of fully removing plaque and food debris from your teeth.
If your bristles are not frayed, but it has been the three to four-month mark of the toothbrush, it is opportune to swap toothbrushes to a new one because your tooth can be carrying bacteria and multiplying germs. If this is occurring, you are brushing your teeth for no real reason as bacteria is not helping with promoting good oral health.
Another reason you will want to switch your toothbrush because of germ growth is when you are sick. While you’re sick, using the same toothbrush is fine – but after you start to feel better, it is imperative to switch your toothbrush to a clean, new one to not cause your germs to grow and accumulate.
Switching your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for your oral health and hygiene. If you go in for a routine teeth cleaning and your dentist alerts you to your teeth not being properly cleaned, your toothbrush may be the culprit. It is wise to keep a stock of soft bristled toothbrushes for proper teeth care. The soft bristles will be gentle enough on your enamel and gums and keep the bacteria and food debris away.
Call your doctor to schedule a routine teeth cleaning or to find out more information on the importance of switching out your toothbrush.
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