Coming Back on May 11!

Dear Patient,
We are sincerely grateful for your cooperation and patience during the stay at home order. Thank you!
We have great news! The State and Local government has deemed dentistry an essential service and is allowing dentists to see patients as of May 1, 2020. We will be undergoing staff training and other preparations for a May 11 re-opening. If you had an appointment cancelled, we will be contacting you to reschedule. If you have a concern please call us.

As you are well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our lives that may never be the same. It will take some getting used to, but people are resilient, we will adapt. At Kaneohe Family Dental Care we’ve instituted a number of enhancements that may seem a bit tedious. However, we’ll all get used to these changes in short order. We are very proud that for over 3 decades KFDC has always been at the forefront of superior dental care and technology. This “new normal” will just be a new chapter in the book. (BTW, can we all agree to stop saying “the new normal”? It’s getting old!)

The recent events have kept us very busy rapidly modifying our policies, procedures, equipment, and services to meet and exceed the requirements these new challenges bring. We want you to rest assured that our mission will remain as always, to provide you the best modern dental treatment in an environment that is safe, and in a manner in which we would treat members of our own family. When we closed our doors for the pandemic we were determined that we would not return until we believed we could provide you dental care in a manner that is “safe as your sofa”, (S.A.Y.S.) our new motto! On May 11 we will be ready, willing, and able!

As always, we will be compliant with CDC and ADA (American Dental Association) health and safety recommendations. In addition, we have added sanitation methods that go far beyond the new standards of care.
Here is a list of just some of the things we are doing for the safety of patients and staff:

  • Sterilization of all instruments – This has always been the KFDC standard.
  • Surface Cleansing & Sanitizing – Again, this has always been done after every patient, but we are taking it up a few notches to include every non treatment room surface like door knobs, chairs, and handles as well.
  • Additional hand sanitation stations throughout the office
  • Fogging – Sanitizing every single nook and cranny of the office utilizing a hospital grade material that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses (including COVID-19) but is completely safe for humans. Neat stuff!
  • UVC Light – Blasting all our rooms with UVC light that kills 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses (including COVID-19).
  • HEPA Air Filtration – Continuous air purification throughout.
  • EOS – Additional extra oral suction devices that capture aerosols at the source.
  • Pre-Treatment Antiseptic Mouth Rinse
  • PPE – As always, our staff wears appropriate protective garments and shields to protect everyone.
  • Patient & Staff Health Screening
  • Teleconferencing / Teledentistry

Dental care is essential and we want to re-emphasize the important relationship of oral health to your overall health and wellbeing.† It’s time for you to get back to the dentist, and we are extremely eager to get back to work for you!

Welcome back, see you soon!

Drs. Cynthia & Bruce Keller and the staff of Kaneohe Family Dental Care

P.S. Heidi says that “Safe As Your Sofa” works for her!

It’s time to get back to the dentist!

Data shows a clear correlation between your oral health and disease prevention. In New York City, 95% of the people who died from COVID-19 had preexisting medical problems called comorbidities. In Italy 99% of those who passed away had comorbidities. The three main comorbidities associated with COVID-19 fatalities are diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease) is associated with all three of these conditions. The bacteria that are present in patients with gum disease are believed to move down the pharynx and into the lungs causing bacterial pneumonia. The same oral bacteria gets into the bloodstream (bacteremia) causing inflammation and stressing the immune system and blood clotting mechanism. Simply said, gum disease is dangerous to your health at any time. It can be a deadly co-factor to those infected with COVID-19. We will diagnose your gum condition and provide effective measures to help get you healthy.