The 101 on Tooth Care

Assuming that everyone knows the basics of oral health care – and keeps a firm grasp on them to boot – is usually a safe assumption to make. However, the truth is that not everyone knows what needs to be done in order to care for their teeth. If they did, the amount of cavities filled and root canals performed here at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS in Mechanicsville, Virginia, would drop dramatically.

So let’s return back to the basics and take a 101 class on tooth care.

Brush, brush, brush!

Remembering to brush twice a day seems like a simple thing to keep in mind, right? Well, it’s still hard for some people to stick to this. However, if you want to clean your teeth to the best you possibly can, then you have to brush at least twice a day. Doing this gets rid of the plaque, food, and other debris that easily gets stuck between your teeth. Without regular brushing, this will cause cavities, so it’s important to do all you can to clean it up.

Flossing is key

A whopping four in ten Americans floss on a regular basis, which is defined as once a day. That’s a bit ridiculous, especially when you realize the fact that flossing cleans the areas of your teeth that can’t be reached by your brush.

Hopefully this was a good refresher course on tooth care. If you still need help, call us today at 804-781-1919.

Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.