With the end of March, we look forward to spring and getting outdoors again. It is wonderful that things are more open and relaxed, but we are also grateful that many large venues in our area are still following fairly strict COVID protocols and we urge you to continue to be careful - especially at large indoor events.
As a health care provider, we of course still maintain all precautions - including continuous masking in our office, pre-screening of patients, air purifiers in each room and counter barriers in place. You may be asked to pre-rinse with an antimicrobial and will need to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Some of you remain at home due to COVID and we respect your decision, but hope to see you again soon! We will be here for you whenever you feel it is safe to return.
Along with the spring, we hope you will join us in welcoming our new Registered Dental Hygienist, Gina, to the practice. Gina was previously on staff at the dental clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She worked with us for a few months in 2020 while her cllinic was closed due to COVID and fell in love with our patients! When she decided to make a change, she thought of us and we are very glad she did.
For those who have not yet made it back for regular dental visits, we remind you to keep up your home care routines. Oral health is an important part of maintaining the overall good health you need for a strong immune system, so we are sharing home care tips below to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brushing and flossing at least twice daily forms the basis of good dental hygiene. Efficacy may be enhanced greatly by at-home use of Sonicare and Waterpik products, which can help reduce plaque build-up and periodontal inflammation. In addition, if you have bleeding gums, inflammation, sensitive teeth, or are at a moderate to high risk for decay, you should consider using an antimicrobial rinse and/or home fluoride treatment.
If you have questions about our office protocols or how best to manage your home health care, please call us at 253-852-5155.
Thank you for your trust and loyalty. We hope to see you in person soon!
Dr. J. Martin Anderson & Team