THANK YOU FOR YOUR 2020 REFERRALS - WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021
Looking back at 2020, it is easy to see how a pandemic like COVID could wreak havoc on a small family dental practice. However we are choosing to focus on the positives and not the negatives.
Dr. Nina has come full circle at RFD. As Dr. Larry's daughter, she worked as a part-time dental assistant while she was in high school, and received her x-ray certification at age 16. Nina then attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and her D.M.D from Temple's Kornberg School of Dentistry. Nina furthered her dental education by working in a multi-office practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Finally, after completing her certification to administer Botox for both esthetic dental and therapeutic TMJ cases, Nina has fulfilled her father's lifelong dream of working alongside her as colleagues.
Throughout 2020 our dental practice saw more than 100 new patients, and of those patients 62% did not have any form of dental insurance. Additionally, 72% of our new patients came from you, our existing patients, through referrals and for that we are very thankful. By continuing to modernize our practice, prioritizing our patient's safety, and providing our unique family-dental atmosphere, we have been able to maintain your confidence in us and will continue to do so in the years to come. We wish you a safe and happy 2021 from our family to yours.
COVID VACCINES FOR DENTAL PERSONNEL
Dr. Larry, Dr. Nina, and Evie were fortunate enough to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on January 8th at St. Luke's in Quakertown. We are hopeful that these advances will allow us to provide an even safer environment for our staff and our patient's, as well as help decrease the burden of coronavirus on the healthcare system. We are thankful for all frontline workers who have kept us safe!
DIGITAL DENTAL NOMADS - TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKES SENSE
Say hello to our new x-ray units! These new digital Nomads used at RFD have lessened the radiation that was previously needed to take dental x-rays. Our practice is comfortable not being on the "cutting edge" of technology, but we will invest in new technologies that make sense. This mobile, handheld, digital x-ray units not only decreases radiation, but it is more comfortable for our staff and patients, so it just made sense. Here is a comparison of some normal radiation levels for your reference!
Sources of Radiation in microsieverts: (1 microsievert = 100 REMS)
- 50.00 = maximum allowed annual dose permitted for US radiation workers
- 0.005 = 1 digital Nomad dental x-ray
- 0.01 = 1 day of natural environmental radiation
- 4.00= 1 average mammagram
- 10.00 = 1 average CT scan
- 36.00 = smoking 1.5 packs of cigarettes per day for 1 year
BOTULINUM TOXIN TREATMENT FOR TMJ ISSUES AND DENTAL ESTHETICS
Signs of stress and anxiety can often be seen in one's dental condition. We at RFD are seeing a significant increase in the number of patients who are reporting problems associated with clenching or grinding their teeth. These habits can be very destructive and lead to permanent tooth loss. Even in simple clenching and grinding cases that may not have pain, there is still often the permanent side effect of loss of permanent tooth structure. Most of these simple cases can be readily managed by the simple regular use of a day or night guard.
However, many of those who have more serious cases awake with daily pain and can experience stress / tension headaches, pain chewing, and the inability to open completely without discomfort. In the most severe cases these habits not only cause damage to the teeth, but to the jaw as well. These patients require more advanced treatment and at RFD Dr. Nina is accredited by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to administer such treatments. Along with the use of day or night guards, Dr. Nina often uses a combination of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy along with Botulinumtoxin A injections (Botox or Xeomin) into targeted muscle trigger points to break the cycle of destructive clenching and grinding.
While many of you are familiar with the esthetic benefits of Botox, fewer are aware of the proven therapeutic benefits of Botulinum toxin A for TMJ pain. Botulinum toxin A works by inhibiting the nerves of the overactive muscles from firing, which can relieve many of the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. With Dr. Nina's AAFE certification she is able to asses and treat patients with both Botulinum toxin and fillers to improve not only their facial esthetics, but provide pain relief for patient's suffering from TMJ pain / its associated symptoms. Call the office today to schedule a consult and see how these new treatments can benefit you.
WHAT IS CARE CREDIT?
Since 72% of our patients do not or never had dental insurance, we have always been sensitive to the strain dental costs can put on our patients. For those patients specifically, we provide a 18 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 18 month line of credit with 0% interest.
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RFD COVID BUSTERS
Meet the two new additions to our practice: Charlie & Chloe.
Each is a tripod supported, UVC light system able to destroy all COVID, whether on contaminated surfaces, or if found in dental aerosol floating in the air. They each accomplish their goal within a 5 minute cycle. Government agencies already have established strict guidelines for all dentists. These guidelines appear to be effective, as there has not been one reported case of a dentist / patient COVID-19 transference up to this date in Pennsylvania. Lately, however, there has been a lot of press regarding dental aerosols. How far can Covid travel in aerosol form and how long can it linger, especially in enclosed rooms?
We at RFD strive to keep our working environment as safe as possible, even if it means exceeding governmental regulations.
So at your next visit, say hello to Charlie & Chloe, the RFD Covid Busters. Know their only purpose is to keep our environment germ and virus free. They will be working hand in hand with the already installed, individual room HEPA filters. Combined they will continually make sure that our air is never stagnant, but it is also virus free.
WELCOME TO OUR RFD FAMILY!
Mariah is RFD's newest member and she is very excited to learn more about dentistry as a part of our team. She also works as a make-up artist in Philadelphia with 7 years in the industry. She enjoys art, music and learning. Her passions include people, animals, and the environment. She has been a vegan for 3 years and loves staying active.
Dentists have incurred additional costs from the new OSHA and Department of Health safety regulations as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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!
"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!
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