WELCOME TO OUR RFD FAMILY!
We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family.
Janice has joined our staff as a dental
hygienist. We are thrilled to have Janice join our team and hope you get to meet her real soon!
STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
Out-Of-State Cases Boost Bucks Coronavirus Numbers Again.....
BUT look at the numbers in Tinicum and those areas surrounding our office.
Dentists have incurred additional costs from the new OSHA and Department of Health safety regulations as a result of the
However, we at RFD feel and experience the frustrations and the uncertainty associated with the high unemployment rate and financial hardships due to the present crisis.
We have decided NOT to raise our dental fees or charge a PPE fee.
We will work through this TOGETHER!
WE CAN DO IT.....TOGETHER!
CALL US, WE ARE OPEN!
We want you to call and make your appointment to get back into our dental schedule.
We are currently open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
We look forward to seeing you!
RFD CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
A fun little comic to brighten your day! We understand how you feel at home waiting to get that haircut, and hopefully you're ready for your cleaning too!
TIP OF THE DAY:
EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE
The present crisis has affected all of us. Many have been laid off or are working on on a temporary basis. Now is the time to schedule out thirty (30) minutes of your day and devote it to any type of outdoor cardiovascular activity; for example walking, running, yardwork. Spending time to improve both your physical and mental health is time spent wisely. In doing so, always respect the CDC's six (6) foot distancing guidelines.
Just a reminder that we are open for "EMERGENCY ONLY" patients. If you have a dental emergency, please don't hesitate to call our office @ 610-847-2433 to schedule an appointment.
Our "EMERGENCY ONLY" hours are:
Monday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
THE RFD COVID-19 TASK FORCE
Cassie, Evi, Dr. Larry, Donna
We are literally working “Face-to-Face” preventing dental emergencies from burdening the local hospital Emergency Rooms.
HOW SIMPLE SOAP DESTROYS THE CORONAVIRUS
Washing your hands with simple soap and water doesn't just wash the Coronavirus down the drain, soap chemically destroys it. Our hands are one of the first lines of defense, along with social distancing. The hands pick up the Coronavirus located in water droplets (saliva) as a person talks, coughs or sneezes.
The CDC (Center of Disease Control) recommends washing with soap and water for 20 seconds allowing enough time for the soap to kill the Coronavirus beneath the finger nails and in the crevices of the hand. If soap is not available, then sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, can be used as an alternative.
Why is soap so effective? All soaps have chemicals that can break down the weak outer walls of the Coronavirus.
TIP OF THE DAY - "THE SOAPY CLOTH"
If hand sanitizers are not readily available, carry a small soapy cloth (cut up an old T-shirt) and carry it at all times. The cloth should be small enough to carry it in the palm of your hand. Your hand will be bathed in soap all day long. Use the cloth to open and close doors or for handling items at the grocery store. Wash, dry overnight and create a new soapy cloth the following day. This tip is an adjunct, not a replacement to the standard guidelines of social distancing and washing your hands when needed for 20 seconds.
STAY HEALTHY AND CALM STOP WATCHING ALL 24/7 NEWS CHANNELS
WHAT ACTION IS DOH (DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH) DIRECTING DENTISTS TO TAKE? (3/22/20)
Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth and the acknowledgement that some infected patients have minimal symptoms but may have person-to-person transmission potential, DOH directs facilities to cease all dental treatment except emergencies within the provided guidelines below until further notice effective immediately. We ask providers who will need to close due to this notice to remain available to speak to patients and triage calls for dental emergencies. Dental emergencies are likely to occur, and most dental facilities will not be able meet the stringent infection prevention and control requirements while community transmission of the virus responsible for COVID-19 is occurring. Accordingly, it is imperative that facilities equipped with proper infection control training (including proper donning and doffing of PPE), PPE supply (N95 mask or higher, goggles or a face-shield covering face and sides, disposable gowns and gloves), and engineering controls (i.e., negative pressure isolation rooms with HEPA filtration) remain open for dental emergencies (hospitals, dental schools, federally qualified health centers, private practices, etc.).
TIP OF THE DAY: IDENTIFYING ACCURATE INFORMATION
The Covid-19 pandemic is becoming increasingly more serious in the United States. In this time of uncertainty, it is important to avoid information from sensational based 24/7 news channels such as Fox, MSNBC or CNN. That includes all politicians.
Seek out the words of the head of the National Institute of Health, Anthony Fauci. He is the lead scientist in our battle against Covid-19. He is in charge of setting the present CDC standards that are now being released to the American public.
THE CORONAVIRUS (OR COVID-19) PANDEMIC AND YOU
In a job that requires you to be as close as six inches (let alone six feet) from each patient, dentists feel it is very important that our patients understand the facts versus the myths surrounding the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Government agencies such as the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the NIH (National Institutes of Health) are at the forefront on setting guidelines and developing testing to limit the amount of public hysteria surrounding this Pandemic. As an example of irrational fear, the sales of Corona beer have gone down significantly as some people associate the name of the beer with the name of the virus. Drinking Corona beer itself has nothing to do with the spreading of the Coronavirus (unless you are sharing with an infected person). This is the exact type of panic that has led to a national shortage of toilet paper, water, and paper towels. The purpose of the CDC recommendations, which are already in place, are to limit the potential volume of people who become sick. With a current US population of 327 million, many could be affected in a very short period of time. Otherwise our healthcare system could become overwhelmed similar to what is happening in Italy right now. The Italian Government, caring for a population of 60 million, did relatively nothing proactive to limit the spread of the virus in their country. Italian Doctors are now being forced to make hard choices about which heart attack patient will get the remaining hospital bed, and who will be left to be treated in the hallways. This is what happens without a coordinated national planning effort.
CDC GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19 VIRUS
Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical care
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
Clean frequently touched surfaces using detergent and water, then use any EPA approved product to disinfect
Wash hands for 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water is not available then use a sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
Avoid non-essential plane, bus or train travel
Practice “Social Distancing” of approximately six feet between people when possible. Remember saliva from an uncovered sneeze can travel up to six feet
Cancel non-essential large events
Most people with uncompromised immune systems will show only mild symptoms from Covid-19 such as a cough, shortness of breath and mild increase of body temperature. They should expect to fully recover in two weeks.
WHAT IS RAKOWSKY DENTAL DOING WHILE FACING THE PANDEMIC?
Deep Cleaning of surfaces
Regulating patients and staff with elevated temperatures
The fear of waiting with other patients in the reception room
Hand sanitizer will be more readily available
CURRENT COVID-19 MYTHS
Recirculated air on an airplane increases your risk of being infected by Covid-19
Wearing masks will prevent me from being infected by Covid-19
Because I am healthy I shouldn’t be concerned by Covid-19
What is the big deal about Covid-19?
NOW IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO SHOW SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL ALLERGIES, THE COMMON COLD, OR THE YEARLY FLU
Making a doctor’s appointment is now quickly becoming a big ordeal. The following is a true story from a friend who sought medical treatment for a newly developed persistent, dry cough:
(L): Larry (F): Friend
(L): How are you feeling today? Note: (F) already had a cough
(F): Not any better. I put a call into my Doctor’s earlier and am waiting to hear back
(F): I’m waiting at the Doctor’s office now
(F): Now I’m at home. Let me tell you the whole story. My cough started two days ago out of nowhere. I thought it was my spring allergies since I was sneezing a lot too. Everything worsened late yesterday and through the night, an uncontrolled cough which was making my chest ache, increased wheezing and fatigue. I called the Doctor this morning and after a 10 minute phone screening they asked me to come in at 3:15. When I got to the office, which was locked, I was greeted by a masked, gloved, gowned, goggled nurse who only let me enter the glass entryway. She was set up with a laptop and an assortment of medical equipment. She asked me a lot of questions including my fever status. I said I did not have a temperature. Then she took my temperature and it was recorded at 101.7 degrees. Right then she slapped a mask on me and told me I needed to be quarantined in my car. She would share my symptoms with the Doctor, but said most likely since I had a fever they would send me to the Emergency Room of my local hospital. They were not allowing any patients with a fever into the medical office. I waited in my car until they called my cell phone with instructions to enter. I felt terrible at this point since I told them I had no fever when I actually did. The doctor thinks it may be bronchitis (which I have never had before) and he started me on an inhaler, antibiotics and a cough syrup. I have to take my temperature every four hours and if any of my symptoms worsen, they will arrange for me to go directly to the ER for a screening. They could not test me for the Coronavirus because their office does not have any test kits.
My friend’s story just happened, so her results are not final. However for those of you with any similar symptoms, beware. In today’s environment the Doctor’s appointment which was considered routine just two weeks ago has drastically changed.
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"LIKE US" ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
Ninety percent of our new patients find our office through the old tried and true method of "word of mouth." However, times are definitely changing. Due to the advancement of social media, newspaper readership is dramatically down and telephone books have been antiquated. More and more patients are finding their needed services through social media. We felt now is the time to jump on that social media train.
Our Facebook page will appear a lot like the Chatter page in this website. However, our communication with you through Facebook will be more weekly than monthly. We hope you truly enjoy it. Provide us a "Like" on Facebook and enjoy our weekly updates. We also thank you for all your great Google reviews!
"WHAT IS CARE CREDIT?"
72% of our patients do not or never had dental insurance. For those patients specifically, we provide a 12 month plan through a lending company named Care Credit. We are proud to be a participant in the Care Credit Financing Program; if the patient qualifies they can obtain a 12 month line of credit with 0% interest.
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FROM OUR DENTAL FAMILY TO YOURS