Covid-19 Update

April 24, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will re-open for dental care starting Wednesday, April 28th! Governor Polis announced that our state is transitioning from the “Stay at Home Order” to a “Safer at Home Order”. Earlier this week Larimer County also approved dental offices to re-open as long as pre-cautionary measure have been implemented. We have implemented their recommendations as well as our own procedures to keep everyone healthy. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are constantly making improvements.  Besides our infection control procedures we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Firstly, how we schedule patients has changed. We are staggering the schedule to limit the number of people in the office as well as to promote social distancing. Of the 5 treatment rooms we have, we are currently only using 3 to increase the distance between everyone. In the reception area we have spaced our chairs out, leaving 6 feet between them. You may notice that this area will no longer have magazines, coffee, or bottled water since these items are difficult to clean and disinfect. When checking out we have taped blue squares on the carpet letting everyone know where to stand. This will help keep both other patients and employees a safe distance apart. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour.  

Maintain a Healthy Smile with Dental Cleanings and Exams

A twice-annual checkup and cleaning is a crucial aspect of dental hygiene. As your trusted Loveland dentist, Dr. Andy Maples recommends these preventive appointments for patients of all ages. Staying on top of your regular checkups and teeth cleanings helps your dental team stop oral issues in their tracks, and to reverse instances of decay and infection before they become larger, more costly problems.

So what can you expect in this six-month checkup and cleaning? And what's the difference between plaque and tartar, anyway? Let's take a look at these and other important questions regarding your preventive dental care.

What's the Goal of a Six Month Dental Checkup & Cleaning?

The overall goal of your preventive appointment is just that -- prevention. We perform several steps to help keep problems from developing, and then we evaluate your mouth for existing issues.

First, your experienced dental hygienist will thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and around your gums in the cleaning portion of your appointment. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on the teeth throughout the day, the stuff you can scratch off with your fingernail. When it’s not removed by proper brushing and flossing, it turns into tartar, the hard, yellow substance that can only be removed by a professional. Both plaque and tartar cause cavities and gum disease.

After your teeth are completely clean, Dr. Maples will examine your mouth as well as any x-rays we've taken to find problems that are lurking above and below the surface. What could go wrong with your teeth and gums? A number of things, including the following:

  • Cavities, or holes that have formed in the tooth enamel to weaken the tooth.
  • Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Symptoms include bleeding, tender or swollen gums, gum recession and tooth sensitivity.
  • Worn dental work, like a leaking filling or a loose crown.
  • An oral cancer screening can be performed alongside this preventive appointment as requested.

If your dentist in Loveland CO spots cavities, evidence of gum disease, worn dental work or any other issue with your teeth or gums, we'll discuss your options moving forward with excellent restorative care.

Patient Education

During this six month checkup and cleaning, we'll also take note of how you're caring for your teeth. Is it obvious you're missing some spots while you floss? Are you unknowingly harming your teeth with nighttime teeth grinding? Is one of your medications interfering with your dental health? Let’s talk about it together. We view patient education just another one of our important duties to help you maintain a happy, healthy smile for life.

Contact Your Family Dentist in Loveland CO Today

When was your last preventive visit to the dentist? Don't forget that it's far easier to stop problems from occurring in the first place -- so let us help you do just that! Located in Loveland, Co, West Lake Dental welcomes new patients from the areas of Berthoud, Fort Collins, and beyond. Request your appointment for a checkup and cleaning today!

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West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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