Having been a dental hygienist, the day I walked into Dr Tanya Brown's office, I knew I was in good hands. I am so proud of my new smile & I receive compliments all the time.

– Candy

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Hand Washing Wisdom in Chesapeake

How often do you wash your hands every day? Do you wonder if you’re washing them long enough or with the right product?

Because cleanliness and sterile conditions in our Chesapeake dental office are so important to us, I’d like to pass on a few tips about good hand washing. You can get your children started with good washing habits too!

My suggestions come from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is the agency that sets guidelines for dental offices. At the Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry, we follow or exceed every guideline and regulation set by both the federal government and by the state of Virginia.

When Should You Wash?

First of all, when are the important times to wash your hands? Any time you’re around food, either cooking or eating. If you’re the cook, it’s good to wash before, during and after working with food. Any time you’re caring for someone with a cold, or with a cut or wound, or after sneezing and coughing. And of course, after using the toilet and after changing a diaper or helping a child in the bathroom. If in doubt, just wash!

How Clean is Clean?

Here are a few tips to make sure you’re washing enough to really clean your hands:

      Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.

      Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

      Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

      Rinse your hands well under running water.

      Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

Obviously, we wash our hands a lot! But we do much more behind the scenes to keep our dental office in Chesapeake clean and sterile for our patients. We’d be happy to show you during your next visit. Just give us a call at 757.546.5262.                

Oral Cancer Awareness in Chesapeake

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. We don’t hear as much about oral cancer as some other types of cancer, but it’s a serious risk that increases as we get older. In fact, The American Cancer Society states that nearly 35,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed, and nearly 7,000 people will die of oral cancer this year alone. (Source: ACS, revised 02.26.2013). I want to make sure my dental patients in Chesapeake are aware of this disease, as well as its prevention.

Oral Cancer Risks

If you smoke or use tobacco and/or abuse alcohol, your risk of getting oral cancer can be as much as 300 times higher than non-users. (Source: National Institutes of Health, 2006.) Even the alcohol in mouthwash can add to that risk.

Another risk that most people aren’t aware of is HPV, or the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and genital cancers. It can also cause oral cancers, and is as much a risk as alcohol and tobacco abuse. If you know that you have HPV, or are concerned about it, you may want to have more frequent checkups and cancer screens. Talk to your primary care doctor, and talk to us if you’re comfortable doing so. Anything you tell us will be in the strictest confidence.

If you haven’t had a checkup recently, call us at the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake and schedule your appointment today.  It’s just one short appointment that can potentially make a big difference in your life!