Dear valued patients and members of the community,

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 is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff 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 will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office and your temperature will be taken.
  • 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 are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment and may mean you need to wait in your car until your appointment time.
  • 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 206-935-1855 or visit our website at www.westseattlesmileco.com. Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Drs. Johnston and Johnston and the WSSC Team

Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings at West Seattle Smile Co

An essential part of your oral health care is having your teeth professionally cleaned. Depending on your periodontal status, regular cleanings are recommended every 3 to 6 months. At this appointment any stubborn plaque and tartar are cleared, gum measurements may be recorded, any required x-rays will be taken, and your teeth will be polished and flossed. Depending on your exam interval, a fluoride treatment may be recommended. Additionally, the hygienist will give your personalized tips to help your home care and the doctor will stop in for a quick exam, if indicated. It is important to maintain these regular cleaning cycles so that we can keep your teeth, bone, and gums healthy and catch any problems that may arise early!

Deep Cleaning

According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), one out of every two adults has some level of periodontal disease. In such cases, routine cleaning may not suffice, and deep cleaning is needed to stabilize the bone and gum health. Once the bone and gums recede and create deeper “pockets”, this provides a space that is extremely difficult for you to clean. Plaque and tartar collect in these “pockets” and cause severe inflammation and further bone loss. To clean each area of your mouth properly, it may take 2 to 4 appointments. Once a deep cleaning is performed, maintenance cleanings are recommended every 3 to 4 months to prevent further deterioration of the periodontal health. Periodontal disease is a major risk factor for diabetes, stroke, and heart attack, and we want to do everything we can to keep the mouth and rest of the body happy and healthy.

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