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

Advice From a Patient By Dr. Bobby Porter on October 15, 2020

 

One of the reasons I love being a dentist is having opportunities to learn from patients who are thriving. I’ve seen so many patients come in recently that appear to be in the best shape of their lives. Many have incorporated new exercise routines in the wake of Covid disruption, and have committed to positive lifestyle changes. It has been inspiring to see so many people investing in their wellbeing. Dr. Charlie saw one patient he’s seen for many years in the best shape of his life, and asked him “What’s the secret?” His simple response cut right to the point: “You can’t outwork a poor diet.”

“You can’t outwork a poor diet” may not be the most revolutionary health advice, but it points to a simple truth. Addressing poor habits can be an uphill battle. Maintaining good health is all about finding balance in healthy foods and exercise. Maybe this advice stuck with me because I may have lost a little momentum during the past months, and packed on a few pandemic pounds. Regardless, I think this nugget of wisdom is important in regards to your oral health.

Sometimes, the best oral hygiene cannot combat a poor diet. Bacteria that breaks down teeth in cavities is often fueled by the foods we eat. Snacks and beverages high in sugars and carbohydrates allow bacteria in our mouths to have a feast too, often at a detriment to our teeth and gums. Brushing twice a day, and flossing, is excellent! Please don’t stop doing that. But remember, many folks do this first thing in the morning, and the last thing before going to bed. There are meals, snacks, and drinks in between your brushing routines that give bacteria opportunities to do harm.

So what’s the takeaway? A balanced diet and exercise is important. Sure, you can still have treats occasionally. If you’ve had dental work done in the past, remember that bacteria eat when you eat. Depending on what you choose to eat, bacteria could put your dental work in jeopardy. I know Halloween is right around the corner, and I want you to have fun! I encourage you to keep a healthy day-to-day routine, even if there may be more sweets around.

Keep brushing and flossing!

 

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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