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Hello Everyone, June 2, 2021
Summer is here and more reason to enjoy our beautiful outdoors here in the Pacific NW. It has been a welcome reprieve with our numbers of COVID cases down in the low hundreds here in Oregon and less restrictions, more vaccinations, and the ability now to see our families and friends who are vaccinated without our masks and indoors. My staff and I are still wearing our masks in public indoor outings and are trying to still do a lot of outdoor activities with our friends and families.
We welcome all of you back now that you have been vaccinated and are willing to venture out. It has been nice to see you after a long 18 -24 months! We had a few people come back with some serious problems due to the delay but majority of you have been doing very well with your home care and are coming back with very stable and good checkups. Everything we have been educating you with all these years has paid off! Yay! Our office continues to follow similar protocols as during before. With some of the very hot days we are not opening our windows and not running the fans to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. We have laxed our pre appointment screening for those of you that are traveling and are vaccinated. The American Dental Association has informed us that dentists have the lowest incident of contracting COVID in health professionals in a study that was done. They think it has to do with strict prescreening questions and strict adherence to enhanced infection control protocol in the dental office setting. There is also a recent study they cited that tested aerosol spray in the dental office setting. “What they found was that no matter the procedure or where the condensate had landed, microbes from irrigants contributed to about 78% of the organisms in aerosols while saliva, if present, accounted for 0.1% to 1.2% of the microbes distributed around the room.” Hopefully this will set patients’ minds at ease because when you do procedures, it is the water or irrigant used in the handpieces that's the primary source of aerosols rather than saliva, making the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 infection not high, she said.
"However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this virus spreads through aerosol, and speaking, coughing or sneezing in the dental office can still carry a high risk of disease transmission,”
Some of my patients have shared stories of family members, among them, healthcare workers that have gotten COVID recently even though they have been vaccinated back in January or February. They are not getting very sick but have symptoms like a cold or are asymptomatic. Unfortunately, some have lost their sense of smell. It may be prudent to error on the side of caution still with mask wearing in the foreseeable future in any indoor activities with large groups of people or people you do not know.
Our Oral B sales representative has given us a demonstration of the newer IO electric Oral B toothbrush. It is their top-of-the-line newest brush. It is impressive in high tech, lower vibration and sound and a new easier to clean base and supposedly does a better job on cleaning your teeth. It has a newer handle and new brush head that is not interchangeable with the other Oral B brushes. Unfortunately, it sells on the market for $249.00. He sold us 10 promotional brushes that we can sell for $120.00. If you are in the market for a new brush, this may be a good brush to try. In the future, if my patients want them, we can purchase them and sell them at $159.00 with their $30.00 rebate making the cost $129.00 to you. Otherwise, the other two we carry is the Oral B 1000 for $50.00 and the Oral B Genius for $99 with a $20.00 rebate making your cost $79.00.
Thanks again for your loyalty over the years and we appreciate all the friendships we have made at the dental chair the past 36 years.
May Chang, DDS, Kiran Mistry, DDS, and staff
May M. Chang, DDS
1744 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213