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
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues Americans develop. It can lead to you losing teeth and developing other health problems if you are not careful. The good news is that this disease is completely preventable, so save yourself a ton of time and money by following these tips.
1. Brush Twice a Day
You have likely heard this a million times already, but you should be brushing your teeth twice a day. Each time you brush, it needs to be for two minutes. An easy way of ensuring you maintain this timeframe is to divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds in each area.
2. Floss Every Day
Even if you brush twice daily, you still need to floss. Flossing is an easy way to remove plaque that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. Sometimes food particles get caught between teeth, and it can develop into plaque if you are not careful.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet
If your diet consists of a lot of foods that are high in starch and sugar, then it is going to aid the gum disease-causing bacteria. These foods are okay in moderation, but make sure your diet consists of plenty of vegetables and fruits.
4. Eliminate Risks
Certain behaviors make you more prone to developing gum disease. If you smoke, then you should quit to lower your risk. People who grind their teeth are more likely to develop periodontal disease as well. Talk to a periodontist about getting a mouth guard if that is the case.
Contact Our Professionals
Speak with a skilled periodontist in Winchester, VA if you are concerned about gum disease. Drs. Saunders and Dickson are proficient in this area, and they can even provide you with laser gum surgery if you have already developed periodontal disease in your mouth. For more information, contact our Winchester office at 540-427-6142.
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