Dentist Sandy Springs, We Are Open and Safe

To date in the United States, significant numbers of healthcare providers who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been identified in either hospital settings or long-term care facilities, but no clusters have yet been reported in dental settings or among dental health care providers.

What most fail to consider in these situations is the health and safety of the dentists and dental hygienists, who are actually much more at risk for contracting COVID-19 than patients. It comes down to proper PPE, which dental staff wear face masks and protective eyewear, while patients obviously cannot. Face coverings and other PPE are designed to keep germs away from healthy individuals when an infected person is wearing a mask, not necessarily vice-versa.

Also, as you probably know, those dental procedures are often pretty messy—teeth cleaning, water flossing, and other similar procedures can potentially spray viral particles in greater amounts and longer distances throughout a dental office onto the dentists and their staff, only adding to the possibility of infection. Ultimately, the chances of a patient being infected by a dentist are much, much lower than a patient infecting a dentist. The biggest exposure is going into somebody’s mouth. It’s the dentist and dental office that are truly the ones at risk.

Even before the pandemic, dental offices were required to maintain rigorous hygiene practices. When open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Right Smile Center enforces social distancing between all individuals in the office—patients and staff—when not wearing personal protective equipment, and routinely disinfecting common surfaces in waiting rooms, including doorknobs, countertops, light switches and pens.

So while you are concerned, we are making every effort to keep you and our staff safe from infection. We look forward to see you, because we are open.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Info@rightsmilecenter.com

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New Covid-19 CDC Guidance

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but according to the CDC’s lates guidance, this are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads.

  • From touching surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.

While are still taking extraordinary precautions to disinfect all surfaces from the front door to all surfaces in our operatories, this may be over-kill. Please know that we are adjusting to this novel virus as we learn more about it.

We are open and look forward to treating you and yours in both Sandy Springs and Chamblee.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-36920

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

Coronavirus and Your Dental Care

As your oral healthcare provider, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors. We are constantly monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and with the State of Georgia for the latest information.

If you have a dental emergency, please call our office and we will return your call as soon as possible.

For non-emergency patients, we are in the process of implementing additional infection control precautions and protocols to our existing high standard of hygiene with plans of gradually reopening.  

We will be in touch very soon to schedule your appointment.

The health and safety of our patients and staff are our first priority.  If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call.

We know that this is a very challenging and uncertain time in our community and country, but we remain optimistic and positive for the future.  We look forward to seeing all your beautiful smiles soon as we are all in this together.

Sincerely your friends and family,

at The Right Smile Center

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

April – Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Dentist near meYou can be assured that as a prosthodontist, I understand the functional mechanics as well as the cosmetic artistry needed to evaluate and create the right smile for you. Your goals for achieving the smile you want and the dental health you need are my first priority.

But April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and I urge you to move beyond your smile and exam your overall health. Please make sure you see your dentist or physician and check for any signs of oral cancer. It’s a matter of life and death. We offer free screenings whether you are a patient or just in the neighborhood. Have a great month.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist serving Dunwoody: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Dunwoody Dentist near meThere appears to be controversy with respect to whether or not mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This controversy arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and those that drink alcohol.

Michael Douglas is the most recent case in point.  He has been reported to be a heavy smoker and imbibe alcohol on what is rumored to be on frequent occasions.  The obvious link in theory is that most mouthwash formulas contain alcohol, so the conclusion is that a link to mouthwash must exist here also.  The problem is there are no conclusive studies and at this time there appears to be insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque above the gumline when used as directed.  The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to these products after a thorough review of data on their safety and effectiveness.

Of all the studies published on this topic, beginning in 1979, four studies reported some positive results while five found no association. (citations omitted)  What we know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the studies that have been published so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1]

Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is not fully understood – it may be due to a direct effect of alcohol on these tissue.[2]  Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements I could advise you to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.

Dental Sandy Springs – April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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In 2019 more than 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and approximately 8,000 will die of the disease.  According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)  oral cancer, which is more common than leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries, and cervix, is a major cause of death and disfigurement in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located here in Atlanta, GA., approximately 75% of all oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers—mouth, tongue, lips, throat,  nose, and larynx— can be attributed to the use of  tobacco related products.  Those who choose to use cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, or snuff, place themselves at a much higher risk of developing oral cancer and other diseases, such as heart disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

With the level of prevalence described above, the oral cancer screening routinely  performed during one’s hygiene and dental examination is one of the most critical preventative  components of  your bi-annual visits to the dentist .

If you find anything out of the ordinary during a self-examination—particularly anything that does not heal or go away in two weeks, or that has recently changed— make sure you discuss it with your dentist or physician.   April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and we offer free cancer screening, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR) National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Friends of the NIDCR.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs) GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Keep Flossing Despite Coronavirus

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One of the precautions recommended by the CDC in protecting against coronavirus is to avoid touching your face. The goal is to keep your hands off the places where respiratory disease can be spread – your eyes, nose… and mouth. What does that mean for flossing? Nothing. 

Because you can still wash your hands before you floss.

All you can do is take care of yourself and be smart and try and keep yourself healthy. The last thing you want to do is slack on your oral health and put that at risk too.

Flossing your teeth daily is an essential component of oral health care at every age. Here are our recommendations for getting the job done that can make you feel better:

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands with soap, thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use floss picks. Floss picks are great for on the go or when you just need to work something out from between two teeth.
  •  You’re in your own home, having just washed your hands in your sink with your soap and dried them with your towel. You have your dental floss at the ready. You are in a safe space.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing can seem like a pain to the people who don’t do it regularly. Those who are good about flossing understand its importance and impact on oral health. 

Flossing gets where the toothbrush cannot get and drags out bacteria, food particles, and plaque. If you don’t floss, you’re more susceptible to bad breath, gum disease, and cavities, as well as other dental infections.

In short, if you don’t floss, you aren’t protecting yourself from coronavirus, you’re putting yourself at higher risk for oral health complications. Take good care of yourself – and your teeth. 

And when the dust settles, schedule your next visit with us to get you to speed on your essential oral health.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com