Gordon Center for General & Advanced Dentistry is open and seeing patients! Here’s an overview of our new COVID safety protocols: New Social Distancing Measures We have instituted a new texting program that allows patients to stay in their car when they arrive. Patients will call or text Billie. They will be notified by calling or texting when the treatment room is ready. They can expect to be greeted at the front of the office by a staff member. Temperatures will be taken with a touchless laser thermometer. Patients will then be taken directly back to their treatment room. We have removed all magazines from the waiting room area. Waiting room furniture has been replaced by 3 functional, widely spaced chairs are sprayed with a disinfectant multiple times a day. Patients must wear a mask in the office per Gov. Hogan’s executive order. Patients should come with their own masks, but if they do not have one, we will have a limited supply at the front desk. At this time, non-patients coming with patients are limited to ONE necessary guardian. New Protective Measures All doctors, assistants, and hygienists will be wearing enhanced levels of PPE. This includes the use of face shields, N95 masks, scrubs with outer lab coats changed between patients, and HEPA filter machines that filter the air. We have placed one in each operatory and one much larger one at both the front and back of the office. Dentistry in the past was concerned with preventing blood borne pathogens. Now, we are additionally focused on airborne pathogens. For the foreseeable future, the dental hygienists will not be using the cavitron or piezo (vibrates and sprays out water ). New Standards of Cleanliness We completely repainted and re-carpeted the office. A new level of cleanliness and cleaning procedures will become a new way of life, so we decided the best way was to start fresh with the surroundings. HEPA filters are now in each treatment room with larger ones in the front door area and in the back of the office. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and in common areas. A Touchless Thermometer At least in the near term, temperatures will be taken with a laser thermometer on all patients before a dental procedure is started. A Questionnaire All patients will be asked a new set of questions when confirming over the phone and upon arrival to the office. These will include questions like …”Have you or anyone in your household had symptoms of COVID19 in the past 2 weeks?” and “Have you developed a cough in the past 2 weeks?” Patients who answer yes to any of the screening questions will be asked to reschedule their appointment. An Expanded Schedule (Now Open Fridays!) We will be working on Fridays to accommodate those patients whose needs we put off during the Governor’s ordered business suspension. Please be patient with us. We need to triage all dental patients. From a treatment standpoint, infections or tender and broken teeth must be seen first. Those patients with acute periodontal problems will be seen first by the hygienists. We are working more hours to accommodate everyone’s needs. The Same Team We would like you to know that everyone who works at GCGAD was kept on full salary. Our dedicated professionals–Billie, Tina, Nila, Nicole, and Nicky received their full salary during the closure. No one was furloughed or fired. This was unique for the medical and dental community. We realize that our staff are dedicated people who help you receive the finest care in the country. We know they have bills to pay. So, we decided to use this gesture to say thank you for taking such good care of all of our patients. Related: What the Experts Say About Visiting the Dentist During COVID-19 Learn More About Our Dentists Click to Request an Appointment Questions about our COVID safety protocols? Call or text our office at 301-258-1998.
Brushing and Flossing Dental home care during social distancing or shelter in place is important to maintain good oral hygiene and good overall health. If you have been having good checkups, try to maintain the same routine of brushing and flossing. It’s been our experience that sometimes when people change their routine, they become lax in their dental home care. Vacations, retirement, or new babies thrown into the mix often have changes in brushing and flossing habits, that lead to gum inflammation or tooth decay. Working From Home and Dental Care Working at home due to social distancing can elicit a change in dietary habits. An increase in snacking and not brushing after allows more food particles to stay in the mouth, which could lead to an increase in plaque and calculus. This, in turn, could lead to inflamed gums and more cavities. Increased access to sugary foods from the pantry (raisins, fruit roll ups, candy, gum with sugar, more sugary drinks–soda, or drinking coffee with sugars all day long) , can cause cavities in as short a time as two months. (A more sugary diet causes additional issues if you are pre-diabetic.) The solution is two-fold: Try to limit your intake of additional sugary foods and drinks, and when you consume them, try to do so in one sitting and brush your teeth once you’ve finished. Running out of Floss If you run out of dental floss, there are some substitutes that can be used. Keep in mind: In most cases, flossing removes more bacteria and food particles between the teeth. Tooth picks or oral irrigators are acceptable alternatives but a word of caution with each. Tooth picks when used too aggressively between teeth can blunt back gum between the teeth causing a bigger space for food to get stuck. In upper and especially lower front teeth, twirling a toothpick in and out can cause an “hourglass shape “ at the gum on the root of the tooth. Water Piks are good for some people who cant floss at all. However, if used on a high setting, it can cause irritation. Even on a low setting, the pulsating water has the capacity to wash out cement under crowns or bridges. One should never “recycle” floss use. Bacteria can grow on floss and be reintroduced between the teeth causing gingival inflammation. Sewing thread should never be used as a substitute for floss. There is no telling what type of bacteria is seeded on different threads. Also, skinny thread can break between the teeth and become wedged. If it gets lodged in the gum, that irritation can cause a gum abscess. If you run out floss, continue brushing as you usually would. Running out of Toothpaste If you run out of toothpaste, don’t fret. Toothpaste is not necessary to remove dental plaque from your teeth. The mechanical action of the bristles on teeth and the use of dental floss, disrupts the organization of dental plaque that would lead to gum disease and cavities. Active ingredients in toothpaste, fluoride being the main one, helps remove the bacteria that causes bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The internet is full of at home homeopathic toothpaste that you can make. The easiest one calls for a teaspoon of baking soda and a half of teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed to a paste like consistency. Related: Now that dental offices have reopened, it’s recommended to keep up your regularly scheduled dental cleaning to stay healthy and prevent gum disease. Our office has implemented extensive safety protocols include and beyond social distancing, PPE, HEPA filters, screening questions, text to skip the waiting room and more. What the Experts Say About Visiting the Dentist During COVID-19 What Can I Expect When I Come for My Dental Appointment?
The health, safety, and comfort of our patients and staff is our #1 priority. Based on current news and recommendations by the CDC, ADA, and MSDA; Gordon Center for General & Advanced Dentistry is closed effective immediately. We will reevaluate and post another update next weekend. In the meantime, if you have a dental emergency, call our office at (301) 258-1998. We’ll continue to post updates on our websites, Facebook, and Instagram pages. As always, please feel free to contact our practice with any questions or concerns.
Dear Patients and Gordon Center Community: We are so proud of the relationships and trust we have built as your dentists over the past 30 plus years. While the Covid-19 pandemic is new, our commitment to your heath remains steadfast as always. In this spirit, we want to communicate all we do to keep the office clean and safe, and answer any questions you may have. As doctors, we are closely monitoring all communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be posting an update on any change in office policies every Monday, with more frequent posts if additional information becomes relevant. In the meantime, you should know that we practice strict Universal Standard safety precautions as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Specifically, we are in strict adherence to the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. Every single item we use in the mouth is either single-use disposable or sterilized in the autoclave. Hands are washed and gloves are changed between each patient. We’re disinfecting the common areas such as waiting room and restroom with EPA-registered disinfectants morning, afternoon, and evening. A cleaning crew comes in every night. Antibacterial hand sanitizer is available at the main desk and we encourage all patients to use it when they arrive. Drs. Gordon are partnering closely with the dental lab in Arizona on their disinfectant and sterilization protocols. We are doing all we can keep patients safe and healthy. We ask that you do the same. If you have been in contact with any persons with a diagnosed COVID-19 virus, have a temperature greater than 100, sore throat, achy joints, and/or severe cold/flu like symptoms, please reschedule your appointment. Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry is open and is operating under our normal business hours. We’ll continue to post updates on our websites, Facebook, and Instagram pages. As always, please feel free to contact our practice with any questions or concerns. Committed to your health and safety, Drs. Leonard and David Gordon
Whether you purchased more than you ended up handing out, or your children brought home massive bags of treats, most of us find ourselves with leftover Halloween candy. And you might be wondering: Is it all the same, or is some worse for my teeth than others? As far as your teeth are concerned, sticky (taffy, caramel) or hard candies are some of the hardest on your teeth. Chocolate is often preferable. Of course there are two other things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, it’s one thing to eat a lot of candy on Halloween night, but if you continue to consume the leftovers all month long, you’ll be exposing your teeth to more sugar. Second, anytime you eat candy, you want to make sure you properly brush and floss your teeth.
The short answer is yes. There are two health criteria that must be met in order to have dental implants placed–and once the implants are fused to bone they are usually fine even if the two criteria become uncontrolled: 1) The diabetes must be noted by your physician as being in a “controlled “ state. 2) The HemaglobinA1C should be 7 or below. 7-8 would depend on other factors including overall health status. Over 8 depends on other factors plus the experienced implant surgeon’s comfort level. At Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry, we select an implant surgeon for you based on many factors. Our expertise, and knowledge of great practitioners nearby allows us to choose the implant surgeon that is the correct match for you. Call 301-258-1998 or click here to schedule your free dental implant consultation.
The short answer is yes. When placed by a skilled implant surgeon and restored by skilled restorative dentist, implants are safe. At Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry, we have patients with dental implants dating back to 1983. Our experience allows us to exceed the average for implant survivability and have a 98% dental implant success rate. Our up-to-date knowledge of dental materials allows Dr.’s Leonard and David Gordon to fit the implant with the most lifelike, longest-lasting post and crown known to dentistry today. Moreover, we only use FDA-approved implants and parts. Call 301-258-1998 today or click here to schedule your free dental implant consultation.
Yes you can. Newer bone grafting materials and techniques let us successfully place dental implants in areas that even five years ago seemed impossible. A dental CB/CT X-ray machine allows us to 3-dimensionally view the exact topography of the bone. Special guided templates allows us to place implants within .4mm of a preplanned spot. This means we can safely place your dental implant, regardless of bone loss. Click here to schedule a free consultation today.
At Gordon Center for General & Advanced Dentistry the oldest patient we have restored implants on was 87 years old. He is now almost 93 years old. Regarding younger patients, female facial bones actively grow until about 21 years old and males’ until about 23 years. Before placing implants in younger patients we take special low dose X-ray shots 6 months apart and overlay the images to see that the patient has stopped actively growing. This is most important in patients who were congenitally missing front teeth, or were wearing temporary front teeth after getting out of braces, and are looking forward to the final more permanent teeth so they can eat whatever they want and not worry about breakage or temporaries coming loose. To learn more about dental implants click here or call 301-258-1998 to schedule a free consultation today.
Sometimes the hardest step is making the first call! Doing your research ahead of time will help you feel more comfortable. Ask friends for referrals, and choose an office with great patient reviews and a warm, welcoming staff. Often people choose a dentist based who accepts their insurance, but if you haven’t been to a dentist in a really long time it’s in your best interest to choose an expert office that won’t try to oversell you. Forging a long-lasting relationship with the right dental office will help you avoid unnecessary dental work. Call 301-258-1998 or click here to schedule an appointment.