Sandy Springs Dentist: Avoid Covid-19

Dunwoody Dentist near meHow can I avoid potential Covid-19 lung problems from dental or gum disease?

At this point there hasn’t been enough data on the relationship between Covid-19 and good oral health.  But it is well known that teeth and gum germs can travel down to the lungs and harm them.  And as a precaution until the data shows up this should be considered the path Covid-19 may take.

Having healthy your teeth and gums can play a role in how well the Coronavirus is controlled. Cavities and gum disease are due in part to bacterial infection. And it is highly possible this infection can spread the bacteria to the lungs.

Cavities and gum diseases can be prevented by removing the plaque with thorough daily oral hygiene. You have to be vigilant daily, because bacterial plaque starts to build up again within a few hours after being removed.

■ A soft-bristle toothbrush can remove plaque.

■ Dental floss scrapes off plaque.

■ You need to brush thoroughly and gently along the gum line of teeth to get rid of plaque.

■ Tartar formation is a sign of poor oral hygiene.

■ Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended.

■ Some brands of toothpaste contain antibacterial ingredients.

■ You may also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse, such as chlorhexidine.

Being vigilant means thorough and frequent oral hygiene can go a long way to help prevent getting cavities and gum diseases. However, you should also have regular dental check-ups to detect and treat any problems that may develop early.  If you do not have a regular source of dental care, make a contact through one of the sources below. 

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dental Health and Covid-19 in Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs Dentist near meHow healthy your teeth and gums are can play a role at times in how well the Coronavirus is controlled. Cavities and gum disease are due in part to bacterial infection. This infection can spread the bacteria to the lungs.

At this point there hasn’t been enough time to study the relationship between Covid-19 and good oral health.  But it is well known that teeth and gums are reservoirs for germs that can travel down to the lungs and harm them. And this should be deduced as the path that Covid-19 will take.

Bacteria live in dental plaque, a film that forms on your teeth. The bacteria will continue to grow and multiply. You can stop this by removing plaque with thorough daily tooth brushing and flossing. But this is only the first step.  Seeing your dentist for your oral hygiene is the next important step in preventing the spread of bacteria from your mouth to your lungs.

Some bacteria can be inhaled into the lungs on tiny droplets of saliva, which is the main way Covid-19 is transmitted.  Healthy lungs have protective defenses to deal with those bacteria invasions. If your lungs are disease compromised the lungs are not as able to defend themselves, increasing the risk that the bacteria will cause infections or make lung problems worse.

If you do not have a regular source of dental care, make a contact through one of the sources below. 

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Support Safety at Our Sandy Springs Dental Office

Sandy Springs Dentist near meHow can you support safety at our dental offices?

  • First, understand our dentists and staff may need extra measures and more time to keep the office safe, including requiring patients and family members to wait in cars and not sit in the waiting room.
  • Accompanying visitors should be discouraged unless necessary to get you home safely, escort and calm a young child, or to accommodate a disability.
  • More PPE and cleaning have been necessitated, which can result in the need for more time between patients.
  • Please, for our safety, inform our dental team if you have been sick, been tested for COVID-19, or had recently been quarantined.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, let us know and contact your physician who may suggest you be tested.
  • Wear a mask, and follow please follow our procedures.  They are in place for your safety and the safety of our team.

If you do not have a regular source of dental care, make a contact through one of the sources below. 

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Covid-19 and Sandy Springs Dentistry

Sandy Springs Dentist near meYour dental check-up is a good access point to secondary care investigations and treatment for disease. During your appointments, chairside rapport develops and enables us to make an assessment of your general health and wellbeing, presentation of systemic conditions within the oral cavity and surrounding craniofacial tissues, comorbidities and assessment of your medication.

The frequency and periodicity of patient contact has demonstrated that dental care providers are a significant ‘touch point’ for your global health promotion. This puts our dental team in an ideal situation to provide health interventions for conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C is another proposed intervention. These examples exclude the learning objectives related to general dentistry and demonstrate our wide range of medical knowledge taught in dental school and gained in the practical world of oral healthcare delivery.

A large skilled oral healthcare workforce that is agile and responsive is going to be required for the future. Our team of dental providers is an effective contributor in the current pandemic. We have demonstrated excellent shared understandings of clinical care and effective teamwork. We are also exceptional at working in PPE and are mindful of cross infection and disinfection procedures to ensure a safe environment for patients and colleagues long before the current pandemic.

For our community, it is highly advantageous to maintain an effective skilled workforce of dental professionals with additional skills needed during emergencies or times of crises. As mentioned earlier, many prerequisite skills have long been present in dental profession.

Our dental team are valuable members of a wider medical core of professionals during emergencies or national crises, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have a wide range of transferable clinical and non-clinical skills, which are of significant benefit to a system under pressure. Our background in clinical sciences and knowledge of basic human systems makes the Right Smile team ideal candidates for further intensive training courses, allowing us to provide an additional level of care in national emergencies.

We are essential healthcare providers and look forward to serving you.  Feel free to contact one of our two metro-Atlanta area offices.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Covid-19 and the Dentist Near Me

Sandy Springs Dentist near meAll of us are going through a lot of changes right now.  COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways. And while there are a lot of things we can’t do, we can still take care of our health.

With a lot of you working from home and adjusting to new routines, it’s easy to put aside your dental health. Don’t

We continue to adjust to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19.  In the short term, we’re focused on providing emergency dental care and giving people resources that help protect your oral health. As the situation continues to evolve, we’ll adjust to federal and state guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community.

Our dental settings balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and our staff.  Our team remains informed and regularly consult with the state or local health department for region-specific information and recommendations, and we continue to monitor trends in local case counts and deaths, especially for populations at higher risk for severe illness. 

Our Key Points of Focus:

  • Recognize dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations.
  • Prioritize the most critical dental services and provide care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel and patients from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Proactively communicate to both personnel and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know the steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters our facility.

We are using additional infection prevention and control practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with standard practices recommended as a part of routine dental healthcare delivery to all patients. These practices are intended to apply to all patients, not just those with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

And if you’re in doubt about your situation, do not hesitate to reach out to our offices for help.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentists Navigate Covid-19

Sandy Springs Dentist near meThere are extraordinary circumstances dentists and their patients face navigating the COVID pandemic.

The safety of patients, dentists and dental team members has been and always will be the Right Smile Center’s utmost concern.  And the cost of infection control procedures has skyrocketed and dental offices are facing a significant financial challenge navigating this environment.

Further, costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) including N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns and shoe covers, has increased due to supply shortages with prices variable across the nation. Operatory protective barriers, protective equipment for front office staff, additional disinfection protocols and other administrative or engineering controls (e.g. isolation systems, air purifiers, filters, etc.) are adding overhead for dental offices, not to mention being closed to “elective” procedures for almost 3 months.

Given these interim protections, the Right Smile Center anticipates that the cost for each patient visit will substantially increase for procedures performed in the dental office. And in response, third party benefit programs (i.e. insurance companies) should either (1) adjust the maximum allowable fees for all procedures or (2) allow a standard fee per date of service per patient to accommodate the rising costs of PPE.  Not doing so is deemed an automatic reduction in our reimbursement rates.

When adjudicating such claims, the Right Smile Center believes that it is inappropriate for any third party benefit program to unfairly place the cost burden on dentists by disallowing or bundling charges for PPE on the pretext that the payment for additional required PPE is included in the payment for any other procedure billed for the visit. They know that denied claims are typically billable to the patient, but they also know that we, as dentists do want to charge you for the needed protections that should be covered by your insurance carrier.

Dentists deserve better and we hope you understand the position we have been put in by the insurance companies during these difficult times.  We know it’s time consuming, but please take the time and make the effort to contact your insurance company or elected officials and express your concern for your dentist having to absorb these necessary costs. As of this writing, we have not increased our charges one dime.  We have absorbed the costs, including being shut down for almost 3 months.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

Sandy Springs Dentist Open for Business

Teeth cleaning near meDentistry has always been at the forefront of infection control dating back to the outbreak of HIV in the ‘80’s.  So this isn’t the first time we have faced a virus outbreak.  Examples of past outbreaks are SARS in 2003, bird flu in 2004, swine flu, the H1N1 virus in 2009 and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.  And dentistry did quite well in protecting their patients and their staff, and to a greater degree than other industries.

Yet the scope and severity of the current pandemic has strained us like never before.  What you are seeing and what we are controlling is a global pandemic that has spread faster and killed more people in the U.S. than anywhere else on Earth, with more than 2.5 million infected and more than 140,000 deaths so far. But there is not one case of Covid-19 reported as a result of visiting the dentist, more than likely because of our rigorous protocols developed in our office over the past 25 years.

It’s not only safe to come to our office,  it’s to your benefit to maintain your oral health because of how it is linked to your global health.  British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.[1]  Going on a regular basis will help to keep your oral health on track as well as detect any early problems such as periodontal disease, oral cancer or cavities.  The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis coupled with brushing your teeth and drinking fluoridated water.

 Contact us for you next appointment. We promise to do everything we can to insure your safety in these difficult times.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.comwww.rightsmilecenter.com


[1] The study from researchers Victoria Sampson, from the dental practice 38 Devonshire Street, London, Nawar Kamona from the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM), London and Ariane Sampson from Orthodontics, Cambridge University Hhospital Trust, United Kingdom collaborated to find the connection between the severity of the infection and poor oral hygiene. Their study titled, “Could there be a link between oral hygiene and the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections?” was published in the latest issue of the journal British Dental Journal.

Covid and Dental Insurance

Sandy Springs Dentist near meThe Dental Care System is MORE Broken since COVID. The insurer-controlled dental care system has been broken for years! And now, a model that did not work prior to COVID-19 is only getting worse. Patient distancing has forced lower patient volumes and decreased production, while the cost of PPE and infection control further misaligns practice costs and PPO reimbursement. Can your dentist be profitable on our existing PPO fee schedules and terms with a 25-35% decline in production and a 5-10% increase in costs? What happens when PPOs lower your dentist’s fees next year and subsequent years? 

We know you would like to see the cost of delivery come down, but it’s not.  In the new Covid environment it costs more to deliver your dentistry and the insurance companies are fighting dentists tooth and nail to deny these increases in delivery.

We need your help in pushing back on your insurer.  You need to contact your insurance commissioner and let them know your needs are the same, but your coverage is under attack and being reduced by the powerful insurance controlled dental care system.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dunwoody Dentist: Covid-19 and Oral Dental Health

Covid-19 and oral dental healthGood oral hygiene has been recognized as a means to prevent airway infections in patients, especially in those over the age of 70”. Those with periodontal disease are at a 25 percent raised risk of heart disease, thrice the risk of getting diabetes, and 20 percent raised risk of getting high blood pressure, the researchers wrote. These are all risk factors of severe COVID-19.

British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.[1]

The authors of the study found that during lung infection, there is a risk of aspirating the oral secretions into the lungs, which could cause infection. Some of the bacteria present in the mouth that could cause such infections include “Porphyromonas gingivalis, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Prevotella intermedia”.

They explained that periodontitis or infection of the gums is one of the most prevalent causes of harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria lead to the formation of cytokines such as Interleukin 1 (IL1) and Tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which can be detected in the saliva and can reach the lungs leading to infection within them. Thus, the study concluded, “inadequate oral hygiene can increase the risk of inter-bacterial exchanges between the lungs and the mouth, increasing the risk of respiratory infections and potentially post-viral bacterial complications.”

Going on a regular basis will help to keep your oral health on track as well as detect any early problems such as periodontal disease, oral cancer or cavities.  The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis coupled with brushing your teeth and drinking fluoridated water.

And like I always say ‘the best toothbrush is the one you use’.  So please, if we can help feel free to call us.

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

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[1] The study from researchers Victoria Sampson, from the dental practice 38 Devonshire Street, London, Nawar Kamona from the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM), London and Ariane Sampson from Orthodontics, Cambridge University Hhospital Trust, United Kingdom collaborated to find the connection between the severity of the infection and poor oral hygiene. Their study titled, “Could there be a link between oral hygiene and the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections?” was published in the latest issue of the journal British Dental Journal.

Our Sandy Springs Dental Office is Safe

No cases of COVID-19 traced to dental offices so far

Teeth cleaning near meDespite the potential risks, the good news is that both the World Health Organization and the CDC say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 transmitted in a dental office so far. And that includes follow-up by the CDC of news reports suggesting such infections.

And yet, dentists know at least some patients continue to be worried enough to stay away, even if they’re in pain or overdue for important procedures such as gum surgery. Our office is about as safe as you can get, which is a derivative of the infection controls implemented decades ago during the HIV period in the ‘80’s. Now as then, there have been no cases of infection traced back to a dental office.

Unfortunately for us, weekly surveys by the American Dental Association of dental practices nationwide consistently find that our volume of patients has only reached 65% to 70% of pre-COVID-19 levels as of July.

Delaying checkups or care for dental pain can potentially turn a small cavity into a root canal or tooth extraction and add to treatment time, higher costs and even more pain.   And in rare cases, missing out on dental care can result in serious infections and even certain problems involving your global health.

You need to know that protecting the health of others working in the office is paramount to our entire team. Technically, it’s the dentist and staff that are at risk, because we are not sure where the patients have been and who they have been in contact with. So please understand we take an abundance of caution according to the guidelines when it comes to treating our patients and making sure our team is also safe.

Please note, that we all have important responsibilities as patients, too, to let our staff know before or on the day of the appointment if you’re feeling sick in any way. We’re all in this together — if you’re sick, stay home. But if you’re healthy don’t miss your opportunity to stay healthy by maintaining your oral health.  Contact us for you much needed care.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com