Happy February! We hope everyone has had a wonderful and healthy start to the New Year.
February is a busy month! Valentine's Day, Children's Dental Health Month, and probably at *least* one snowstorm that takes us all by surprise, and only 28 days to do it all. Read on to find out what we're up to...
We are now booking into April 2021!
If you need to be seen in the first few months of the year, we encourage you to get in touch soon so we can work with your schedule. This is also a great time to use your FSA benefits before they expire!
Note on COVID Pre-Screening for Upcoming Appointments
If you have an upcoming appointment and you see that we have called, please be sure to call us back ASAP at 734-677-2156 for your mandatory pre-appointment COVID screening. Many patients miss our call but don't return it; however, if you are not screened prior to arrival, you cannot be seen on the day of your appointment. Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep everyone safe!
Children's Dental Health Month
It's that time again!
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The American Dental Association has come up with a great campaign to help educate kids about the importance of maintaining good dental health. This includes some fun activities, including the following downloadable activity sheets -- simply click on the links below to check them out!
Insurance Plan Changes
It's that time of year when many of our patients' health insurance plans change. If you've had a change in your insurance, at your next appointment please bring your new card with you and present it at check-in so we can make it part of your patient record.
Valentine's Day Whitening Sale!
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a brighter, whiter smile when you take advantage of this month's special on Opalescence GO! whitening -- just $29.75 for a 4-pack or $55 for a 10-pack.
Interested? Please give our office a call at 734-677-2156 or email us and we will be happy to give you more information or place an order for you over the phone to be picked up at a later date.
*Important*: Know Before You Go (to Your Next Appointment)
Dr. Kotre has added iWave to the office, an air-purifying device that reduces pathogens, allergens, and particles. iWave has been tested against COVID-19 with 100% efficacy. The system helps maintain a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts, in concert with the already-purchased air purifiers throughout the office.
Please also note that the office is cooler than normal due to the additional PPE that must be worn by our staff for your protection. We recommend bringing along a sweater if you tend to get cold. We have also removed toothbrushes from the bathroom, so please be sure to brush and floss prior to your appointment.
Additionally: Masks are required by anyone entering the office, and we ask that you call from the parking lot when you arrive as our waiting room is completely closed -- 734-677-2156.
If your child is receiving dental care, we do allow one parent or guardian to accompany them during treatment. However, we ask that siblings and other adults remain at home.
More details about our COVID-19 policies are available on our website; please feel free to contact the office with any questions.
Happiest of birthday months to our two fabulous hygienists (who also happen to be two of our favorite people!), Kris and Lori. Best wishes for two very special days!
Treat Your Teeth Right This Valentine's Day
With Valentine's Day coming up, it will soon be time to indulge in plenty of sweet treats -- just don't forget to treat your teeth right after indulging.
Our tips? The "healthiest" candies for your teeth are those that melt quickly or wash away easily with water, such as chocolate. Anything very sticky -- in particular, gummy candies or chewy caramels -- or things that must stay in your mouth and dissolve over time and/or must be "crunched" in order to be eaten (hard candies), are generally worse for your teeth.
We hope your Valentine's Day is sweet (but not TOO sweet!)! ;)
COVID-19, Travel, & Potential Exposure
If you have an upcoming appointment and have traveled out of state, been in contact with any COVID-19 positive individuals, or have been showing signs of illness in the past 10 days, please contact the office. Your appointment will need to be rescheduled for the safety of our staff and other patients.
Please Allow Extra Time for Travel
Driving in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area is always an adventure, but even more so once the snow starts to fall. With that in mind, we ask that our patients please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before scheduled appointments, which allows us to stay on schedule when traffic delays occur due to construction or inclement weather. Thank you for your help!
Wishing all of our patient family a fabulous February and a very happy Valentine's Day!
Dr. Shannon Norman-Kotre