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To All Our Patients:

Starting Tuesday, May 19, our office will be open for all services and treatment.

We are giving extra time for procedures and we will limit some availability in our schedule to help with social distancing.

Here are some of the measures we have established during the recent COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Our door will remain open to prevent the need to touch the handle.
  • We ask that all patients entering our reception area wear a facial barrier/mask.
  • Each patient will be asked to apply hand sanitizer, whether or not they are wearing gloves.
  • Each patient will be asked to complete a ‘triage’ form to help determine their health.
  • Each patient will have their temperature taken and noted before any treatment or exam begins.
  • No employee will be allowed to come into the office if they have signs of illness or if they have been in proximity to someone who is ill or has been exposed to COVID-19.
  • All measures of safety protocols will be taken to ensure the health of our patients and staff including proper use of PPE and Universal Precautions that have been keeping patients and staff safe for over 3 decades.
  • All surfaces will be disinfected after each patient visit including treatment rooms and reception area.
  • We have installed special HEPA filtration throughout our office including treatment rooms and common areas.

WE ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF CONTACTING PATIENTS WHO HAD:

* Reserved upcoming appointments before the viral outbreak. We will be asking to confirm your       appointment; in some cases, we will have to move your appointment due to availability.

* Appointments cancelled due to COVID-19 to reschedule.

It will be the patient’s choice to keep appointments, make appointments or to postpone appointments.

Please feel free to contact us to reschedule or check on your appointment now.

We anticipate that Dr. Gail Sakamoto will be back in our office in mid June and we are scheduling appointments for her accordingly. Our associate dentist, Dr. Shahira Saad, is stepping in for Dr. Gail on Wednesdays until her return.

Please bear with us as we slowly get back up to speed. Our #1 priority remains the health of our patients and staff.

Our Hours:

Tuesday: 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.*

Wednesday 8:30 – 5:00 p.m. *

Thursday: 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.*

Friday: 8:00 – 2:00 p.m.*

* All times are subject to change due to patient demand and staff availability.

Drs. Koshki & Sakamoto

 

CHEWING ICE: YOUR TEETH FEEL EVERY BITE.

Chewing ice may be refreshing, but it can be risky to your teeth!

Are you an ice chewer? For whatever reason you’re satisfied by the cool crunch of ice, it can seriously damage your teeth.

chewing-ice-dr-koshkiTHEY WEREN’T BUILT FOR IT!

Your teeth are designed to last you a lifetime with proper care, but they were made for food only. Chewing ice, a habit your teeth were not built for, can cause a host of problems to your teeth. Fracture lines, cracking and chipping can all occur, which can make the teeth more sensitive and lead to further damage. In addition to your natural teeth, any dental work you may have is also subject to chipping and cracking that can lead to pain and costly repairs.

Ice chewing has also been linked to cases of anemia. If you find yourself constantly chewing ice, check with your physician to make sure there isn’t an underlying reason for your habit.

IF YOU MUST.

In the meantime, if you must have something to chew on, dentists recommend sticking to sugarfree gum. And leave the ice in the ice machine!

OTHER THINGS NOT TO CHEW ON –

When we are anxious we might chew on pencils or pens, finger nails or straws. Chewing on these non-food items can also wear down or fracture teeth. Some of us remove plastic tags or loose threads by biting them. Some people have even used their teeth to unscrew bottle tops! Dr. Koshki reminds us to treat our teeth kindly; after all, we want them to last a lifetime. His best advice: Don’t use your precious teeth as tools!