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).
Experienced Asheville, NC dentist believes everyone should know the early signs of gum disease
By Dr. Christopher Port
Have you noticed a difference in your gums lately? Have you been brushing your teeth and noticed some bleeding? Dr. Christopher Port, in Asheville, NC, believes in patient education. He wants everyone to know the early signs of gum disease so they can come in and be treated promptly, before the problem worsens. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If it is caught in its earliest stages, gum disease is a condition that is easily solved with minor treatment and patient education.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when bacterial infections develop at the gumline. Bacteria can form in plaque and release acids that will cause gum tissue to become inflamed. If this beginning stage is left untreated, the body’s response and the ongoing infection can cause receding gums and bone loss. Advanced gum disease is linked in many studies with other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Symptoms of gum disease:
Red and swollen gums: This is one of the first signs. Your gums may also feel painful or bleed easily during brushing.
Bad breath: The more plaque that you have in your mouth, the higher chance your breath will be bad on a regular basis.
Receding gums: If your gums appear to have receded, this is a sign of gum disease.
Sensitive teeth: If your teeth become extremely cold or heat sensitive, it can be a sign that your gums are not okay.
Treatments for gingivitis:
Gingivitis is the name for beginning gum disease. It can be easily treated with an in-depth dental cleaning and proper at home oral hygiene.
If you are afraid you have gum disease, we will help diagnose, treat, and prevent future occurrences in a calm and compassionate manner. Call us, (828) 585-4049. You belong here!
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.
- Savannah B. 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."