We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment.
We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Jeffrey G. Herrick, DDS and Staff
Although dental offices were given the green light to open, we have decided to wait a few more days, in order to get the necessary PPE supplies so we may feel confident that we are not jeopardizing our staff and/or patients’ health and well-being.
At this time, we will plan on opening our doors on Monday, May 18th, to give our suppliers time to get the necessary, but back-ordered, supplies we feel we should be utilizing for safety. When we open our doors, we feel our practice will operate in as safe an environment as is possible.
We will operate under stringent CDC guidelines, to the best of our ability. We will ask you to bring your own masks, to wait in your car or outside to bypass the time spent in the waiting room. We will take your forehead temperature, and wear the most advanced PPE we have available to us- masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, and headcovers.
We welcome all our patients back and appreciate your patronage and understanding. We will continue to strive to offer the best dental care with your health and safety in mind.
At Herrick Dental P.C., we know there are many options for you and your family’s dental care. We also know how valuable your smile is. That’s why we pride ourselves on our ability to offer complete, convenient care in a comfortable atmosphere. Our goal is to provide high-quality dental options, enjoyable dentist visits, and results that put a beautiful smile on your face!
We maintain a conservative approach to your dental program, using the least-invasive treatments possible while keeping your teeth as healthy as they can be. And when it comes to your treatment, we explain every available option thoroughly and with care. We work hard to provide the best quality, comfort, service, and smiles that any dental professional can offer!
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It’s a major cause of tooth loss in adults and because it is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth, causing tooth decay. The warning signs of early periodontal disease (at this stage called gingivitis) are gums that bleed easily, and are generally red, swollen, and tender. The disease at this stage is reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing, rinsing, and flossing.
Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, clean between your teeth with floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule routine dental checkups to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles! We’re always accepting new patients. Give us a call to schedule your visit today!