We Are Excited To Announce That Starting May 11th We Will Be Open For Normal Business Hours!
We’ve missed you! We hope you have stayed safe and in good health!
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice! You may have seen this during your visits to our office in the past. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to share additional precautions we will also be taking to ensure the well-being and safety of our team and patients.
Read Full List of Precautions
They will include but are not limited to:
Limiting the number of patients in the practice at one time
Asking for patients to wear masks when coming in and out of our office
Asking a list of screening questions during appointment confirmation and repeating the list upon patient arrival
Having patients wait in their vehicle until team member comes to take their temperature
Having patient wash or sanitize hands upon arrival to office
Limiting one parent or guardian to accompany one minor to his/her/their appointment
Implementing digital forms/paperwork (including consent for treatment form) and payment options
Scheduling more time between patients to perform disinfection practices above the standard protocols using electrolyzed water and medical grade sanitizers
Cleaning the air with ozone filtration every evening
Having all patients rinse with treatment specific mouthwash prior to any treatment
Using advanced suction systems that reduce aerosols
Screening our team each morning with questionnaire and temperature checks
Masks worn throughout office by every patient and team member, except for when patients are receiving treatment
*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).
How regular teeth exams in Asheville NC are important for patients with diabetes
By Dr. Christopher Port
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which your body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels can rise higher than normal. Patients who have diabetes are unable to use insulin properly, which causes the elevated glucose levels.
Patients with diabetes are often acutely aware of the importance of proper nutrition to maintain their oral health. But what many don’t realize is patients with diabetes can be up to twice as likely to develop oral problems such as gum disease.
Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for the following oral issues:
Improper healing after oral procedures
It is vital for patients with diabetes to maintain proper oral care at home along with regular teeth exams. By staying proactive about your dental care you can help maintain the health of your mouth. Consider the following tips:
Maintain at least twice yearly visits to the dentist to have your teeth and gums cleaned.
Floss your teeth at least once each day to help prevent a buildup of plaque.
Brush your teeth in the morning and evening or after every meal. Use a soft toothbrush.
Denture wearers need to make sure to clean them daily.
Consider quitting smoking. If you need help with resources for quitting, ask your dentist.
Consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
At Asheville Smile Center, we are equipped to handle the special oral care needs of our patients with diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important to let us know so that we can design a plan of action for keeping your mouth healthy. Please let us know if you’ve had a recent hypoglycemic episode and when you last took insulin.
For a dentist who truly understands the unique needs of diabetes patients, call (828) 585-4049.
Dr. Christopher Port is a full-time practicing dentist in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2007,Dr. Port founded the Asheville Smile Center, a dental practice dedicated to helping patients achieve a lifetime of dental health and beautiful smiles.
- Maryslittle L. I have such high anxiety of going to the dentist. Haven’t been in 4 years because of it. Alivia talk me through what they do for patients with anxiety and made me feel easy about coming in. Then Melissa my hygienist was so comforting and made me feel easy through my whole cleaning. She also payed attention to every concern I brought up. I would recommend 100%. Thank you Asheville Smiles for making this experience awesome and helping me look forward to my next appointment for the first time.
"Dr. Chris Port, Asheville esthetic dentist and smile rejuvenator, recently signed a publishing deal with CelebrityPress, a leading health book publishing company along with other leading dental professionals from across the country to release the book, "More Than A Mouthful."