Dear Valued Patient:

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 stay 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. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

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:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Protect Your Dental Health By Dr. Bobby Porter on October 06, 2020

 

It is hard to believe it's already October! This is one of the most beautiful times of year in Charlotte as the leaves begin to change, and the temperature is perfect outdoors. The weather this week looks fantastic, and I hope everyone is able to enjoy some of it. The change in seasons helps put into perspective many transitions that have affected folks since March. Many students are transitioning back to some in-person classes, and those in the workforce may be adjusting to changes in how and where they work. Our team recognizes this may be a very challenging time for many, and we want to continue serving as a resource for your oral health.

 

Information continues to surface about what people can and should do during these times to stay healthy and protect loved ones. The sheer amount of conflicting information could be nauseating for anyone to process. Dr. Charlie Porter and I have been closely following the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommendations and guidelines for how to continue providing safe dental care. We are taking some extra steps at our office to keep our team and patients healthy (you may have seen the pop-up notification with new information prior to viewing this page). The ADA is a great resource to refer to for your oral health. Over the past month, they have shared two articles that I think are helpful. Both are posted below.

 

The common theme of these articles is that dentistry is so important for your overall health, and routine dental visits help dentists monitor your teeth and gums. The first article focuses more on the benefits of regular dental care for children, but the message certainly applies to the whole family. The second article goes into a little more detail of how dentistry is connected to other health conditions. Many of the first signs of diseases are subtle and go unnoticed by patients, and this is true for your teeth and gums. Much attention has been drawn to the many changes since March, and we want to bring focus back to your oral health. We don't want you to ever be in pain, especially if it can be prevented. We will continue following the ADA's guidelines as the seasons change, and we welcome new and existing patients to come visit us.  We are honored to protect your dental health.

 

Keep brushing and flossing!

 

https://www.consumerreports.org/children-s-health/get-your-kids-back-on-track-with-medical-dental-care/

 

https://health.usnews.com/conditions/coronavirus-and-your-health/how-to-best-seek-medical-treatment-during-the-pandemic

 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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