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
February is American Heart Month, an excellent time to take a look at how your habits might be affecting your cardio health. There are some unexpected ways that the condition of your heart is linked to your overall health; however, periodontitis has been linked to heart disease.
Studies and Correlation
Heart disease and gum disease have been shown to be correlated in a number of different studies. The mouth can show signs of impending heart trouble, especially when it comes to the gums. Additionally, periodontitis can increase the number of bacteria in the bloodstream, which may be able to find its way to the heart.
The two conditions share the same risk factors. People who smoke are more likely than the general population to have heart attacks and gum problems, and the same is true for older people and people with diabetes.
In addition, heart disease and gum disease can have similar effects—mainly inflammation and swelling. Blood moves back and forth between the heart and the mouth and may carry infections with it in extreme cases.
Which Came First?
The exact connection between gum disease and heart disease is not fully understood. It is possible that cardiovascular disease causes or contributes to gum disease, but it is also completely possible that the reverse is also true. Another possibility is that the two are related to some third factor (such as smoking, age, or overall inflammation) that simultaneously causes both.
Whatever the exact relationship is, however, caring for both your heart and your mouth is a great way to celebrate American Heart Month. By cutting back on sugar, you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease; quitting smoking is another step that can have great effects on both oral and cardiovascular health.
If you want to know more about how your oral hygiene affects your systemic health, set up an appointment with Dr. Saunders. Call 540-907-4060 today to reach the Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute.
119A University Blvd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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