Arundel Dental Group Welcomes You
Effective May 7, 2020, Maryland Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health have permitted us to resume elective and non-urgent dental treatment.
During this National Emergency we adhere to the universal precautions and infection control protocols routinely used to safeguard your health as well as enhanced measures to deal with these exceptional circumstances.
Your safety is our utmost concern.
When you arrive for your appointment you will be escorted into the dental office and seated immediately without having to sit in the waiting area. Please call from your car upon arrival to see if we are ready to seat you. Patients with a temperature or any potential symptoms of Covid-19 will be rescheduled.
Social distancing will be maintained.
Please do not bring any additional family members to
your appointment, or ask them to wait in your car
during your appointment.
A FACEMASK IS REQUIRED
FOR ENTRY INTO THE BUILDING.
Please call the office if you have any special needs or concerns. Leave a voice message if we are unavailable to answer your call. If you are not comfortable keeping an appointment at this time, we will gladly reschedule you at a later date.
If you have a fever, cough or cold, or recent exposure to Covid-19, please let us know and we will reschedule your appointment.
What to Expect during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Can I put off my dental appointment until after the COVID-19 pandemic is over?
Regular dental appointments are an important part of taking care of your overall health. While it can be tempting to put off your regular checkup until things feel more “normal” again, we advise against it. Routine appointments give us an opportunity to check for a number of health conditions and catch them early. Some conditions, like tooth decay, can be more difficult, painful and expensive to treat if they’re left undetected.
Your health and safety is, and has always been, our top priority. My staff and I are taking every precaution to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission at your visit.
Q:What about teledentistry? Can I substitute a virtual visit for my regular appointment?
A phone or video appointment isn’t the same as your regular appointment. Teledentistry can be helpful in some situations, such as deciding if an oral health issue you’re experiencing is an emergency that requires immediate treatment or if it can wait. If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, please call the office and we’ll help you decide if you need to come in.
Q:What are you doing differently because of COVID-19?
There are a number of science-backed steps my staff and I are taking to help limit the spread of COVID-19. These include:
• Increased personal protective equipment including masks, face shields, goggles and surgical gowns or long-sleeved lab coats.
• Increased cleaning protocols. This includes using disinfectants known to kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and frequently cleaning or minimizing the use of high touch items in the office.
• Asking you to wait outside in your car rather than in the waiting room, wearing face masks and not bringing additional people to your appointment.
Q: I’ve heard it’s safer to schedule your appointment for first thing in the morning — the office will be cleaner because there haven’t been patients coming through before me. Is that true?
You should schedule your dental appointment for the time of day that works for you. The same enhanced cleaning protocols occur all day long, including leaving the room empty after a patient leaves to allow the appropriate time necessary as part of thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the space between patients.
Q:How is your dental team monitoring themselves for COVID-19?
Staff at our practice are subject to daily health screenings. This includes taking their temperatures to make sure they don’t have a fever and asking health-related questions each day to make sure they’re not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Q:I see you added a charge related to COVID-19 to my bill. What’s that for?
The safety of patients and dental staff is our highest priority. Because of the shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), the cost of (PPE) has increased considerably. Our office is including this charge during the pandemic until supply can meet demand and costs are controlled. Many dental benefit plans cover some or all of these charges and the ADA (American Dental Association) has been advocating for payment from insurance companies across the country.
About the practice
Our team relies on modern technology as well as friendly service to offer you the best and most comprehensive treatment. We are a family dental group practice that has served Glen Burnie and Anne Arundel County since 1958. We offer convenient evening and weekend hours and pride ourselves in accomodating emergencies promptly.
OUR DENTAL INSTRUMENTS ARE DISINFECTED AND HEAT STERILIZED AFTER EACH PATIENT. ALL OTHER INSTRUMENTS ARE SINGLE USE, DISPOSABLE ITEMS.
OUR AUTOCLAVES ARE SPORE TESTED WEEKLY BY AN OUTSIDE LABORATORY IN COMPLIANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL GUIDELINES TO VERIFY COMPLETE INSTRUMENT STERILIZATION.
Welcome to our office. There is nothing more beautiful than a healthy smile. That's why the team at our dental practice will do everything they can to ensure your teeth are their healthiest, and that they stay that way.
An article in the Journal of Aging Research showing the link between dental visits, toothbrushing and flossing to longevity:
Project Clean Toothbrush: Important Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs:
Click here to read and/or download flyer
Information about periodontal (gum) disease:
Gum disease-causing bacteria have been linked to Alzheimer's disease:
Information about oral cancer:
Information about Do-It-Yourself Teeth Straightening:
- The American Dental Association and member dentists across the country are dedicated to the health and safety of the patients they serve.
- ADA policies oppose Do-It-Yourself Teeth Straightening and Direct to Consumer Dental Laboratory Services because dentists are concerned about the potential for irreversible harm to patients.
- For example, orthodontic treatment, if not done correctly, could lead to potential bone loss and receding gums, changed bites, and other issues.
- The ADA believes that for the health and well-being of the public, patient supervision by a licensed dentist is necessary for all phases of treatment.
- You can find more information on MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s website for the public at MouthHealthy.org/DIYdentistry.
Our new Kodak 8000 Digital Panoramic x-ray machine offers reduced patient radiation exposure, enhanced and immediate image capability and is safer for the environment.
We purchased a Kodak 1500 Intraoral Camera to enhance our diagnostic and digital capabilities.