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
Many of us believe that when it comes to a problem within our mouths, it is an issue separate from the rest of our body as a whole. However, oral health and oral diseases are very much linked to many other parts of the body. Indeed, poor oral health can have a tremendous impact on our overall health and well-being. Specifically, issues related to pregnancy, heart disease, and diabetes have all been linked to periodontal disease.
The combination of periodontal disease and diabetes can increase the symptoms of both diseases. People with diabetes are typically more susceptible to contracting infections, especially those who do not properly control their blood sugar.
While researchers are still studying the exact reasons behind the link, there has been an association established between periodontal disease and heart disease. Many scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection between the two diseases. In one study, men with periodontal disease under 50 were 72% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. In addition, the risk of strokes doubled for patients with periodontal disease.
Preterm deliveries and low birth weight infants have been linked to periodontal disease, though the exact reasons behind the connection are not yet fully understood by scientists today. Like heart disease, it is believed that inflammation may play a role. Professional and in-home mouth care by expectant mothers can help decrease the chances of harm to the fetus.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Per the American Cancer Society, nearly 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2015 alone. Depending on age and family history, a combination of self-examinations, professional examinations, and mammograms are recommended for women. Early detection of breast cancer is a critical component of conquering this disease.
To learn more about the impact poor oral hygiene can have on your entire body, or to schedule an appointment with a periodontist in Harrisonburg, VA, please call Dr. Saunders at (540) 684-1611.
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