How we’re keeping you safe during COVID-19

As we resume seeing patients with non-urgent dental needs in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, we want to lay out for our patients exactly what we are doing to keep you safe as you return to our clinic for your dental care. Thankfully, our practices follow very strict infection control, personal protective equipment, and sanitization protocols every day as part of our normal course of business. Even amongst our high standards, we have added increased measures during this time to ensure our clinical environments are safe.

We have crafted our plan to ensure that we are exceeding the guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAmerican Dental AssociationAmerican Association of OrthodontistsAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistsOSHA, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Dental Association.

Our Patients

  • Offering masks to patients who do not have one. Please note: Our clinics have the adequate number of face masks to offer to patients. However, if you have your own face mask, please wear it and it will allow us to save masks for patients who do not have them.
  • All patients will be asked to wait in the parking lot until they are called in for their procedure. All guests of the patient will be asked to remain in their car until the procedure has been completed. Please call (417) 625-1114 upon arrival.
  • Limiting the number of patients and guests in the clinic at any given time. Adult patients will be asked to enter alone, while children and adults requiring special assistance will be permitted only one caregiver to enter the facility at a time.
  • All patients will be screened for fever, symptoms, and underlying health conditions before entering the clinics. All patients will use an antimicrobial mouth rinse as a pretreatment measure.
  • Sick patients will not be allowed to enter the clinic.
  • Offering live video appointments for patients who are at risk, or are infected to be screened safely.
  • Offering live video appointments for patients whose appointments do not require an in-person visit.

Our Staff

  • Screening doctors and staff every morning for fever and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Staff and patients will be limited in number based on CDC guidelines for each facility.
  • Providing all proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including N95 masks, surgical gowns, gloves, masks, and face-shields.
  • Observing excellent hand hygiene.
  • Sick employees will not be allowed to enter the clinic.
  • All procedures that create aerosols will require the use of a rubber dental dam to reduce the bacterial spread of aerosols.

Our Facilities

  • Reducing the number of people coming into the office each day by limiting patient visits, limiting accompanying parties, and staff in each location.
  • Removing all unnecessary items including magazines, remote controls, pamphlets, brochures, etc. from all waiting rooms and treatment rooms.
  • Making hand sanitizer available all throughout the clinic.
  • Disinfecting all surfaces in treatment rooms before and after each procedure.
  • Extending time between appointments to allow for thorough disinfecting of spaces.
  • Sterilizing all instruments.
  • Patients will be separated by at least 6-feet for all procedures.
  • Delivery personnel, vendors, etc. will be prohibited from entering the clinic. And if necessary, will follow the same procedures.

We Are Temporarily Closed During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our staff and our trusted patients, at the recommendation of the state health department we are temporarily closing our clinics effective March 23, 2020 until further notice. Should you have an urgent situation or need to reschedule your appointment, please contact us at 501-302-0834. If you have a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we ask that everyone do their part in helping halt the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Stay safe and healthy, we will be back to make you smile again soon.

We will continue to post updates at the following link www.rockdentalbrands.com/covid19

The Spooky Secrets On Candy This Halloween

We will let you in on a spooky secret….Orthodontists eat candy too! However, not all sugar is created equally. We’ve put together a trick-or-treat list for you on the sweet stuff this Halloween!

Treats:

Dark chocolate

Yum. Dark chocolate is by far the best candy option!  We love this indulgent treat for many reasons. It has less sugar than other chocolates and candies, but recent studies suggest there is a compound in cocoa that can actually fight plaque and help harden tooth enamel. Now that is sweet….

Reeses Pieces

Reeses melt away quickly and do not stick to your brackets, wires, or your gums. Chocolate can be easily rinsed away with water, which is why it makes the top of our list! 

Sugar-free

Sugar-free gum and candies are good alternatives to regular sugary options. Sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth, so sugar-free disrupt that system. Sugar-free gum is the only option for brackets! 

Tricks:

Sticky candies

The stickier the candy, the worse! Sticky candy sticks to your brackets, wires, teeth and can cause you to not only to break brackets and wires, but your treatment time could be lengthened with excess breakage. Gummies, taffy, caramels, and even dried fruit fall into this category.  

Hard candies

Hard candies, including lollipops, are just a continued stream of sugar to your teeth! This amount of sugar over the amount of time it takes to dissolve can break down your enamel over time. Speaking of break, many broken brackets have come from lollipops! Stay away!

We know from personal experience, a sweet tooth can be very stubborn! If you fall victim to some tricks listed above this Halloween, we’ve got a few tips to lessen the damage. 

Timing

Eat your Halloween candy with your meals. Saliva production is increased that helps clean your mouth which makes candy particles and acid have a more difficult time sticking to your teeth.

Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. This will help combat your Halloween candy damage.

Brush

It is important to brush your teeth, especially after eating sugary Halloween candy. However, you should wait 30 minutes after eating. Brushing your teeth immediately can spread acid from candy onto more teeth. 

Call

If you do break a bracket or a wire, call and let us know! The sooner we can get you in for a repair, the better!

 

Sources:

The Worst and Not As Bad Candy For Your Teeth

The 3 Best And Worst Candies For Your Teeth

The Best (And Worst) Candy For Your Teeth

Halloween Tips

Meet Maddie Michelle

Meet Maddie Michelle!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Maddie Michelle!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"Treat everyone kind, for you never know what they could be going through." and "Treat everyone how you would like to be treated."

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. My daughter, Emersyn.
2. I am humble.
3. I am dependable.

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

I would love a summer night at the drive-in in Carthage after dinner at Logan's steakhouse. Or dinner and a night swim listening to country music!

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Blue - I think blue can be happy but also caring and loving.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Man, I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain; because I love the beginning of the song and have been her number one fan since 5 years old.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Melissa McCarthy because my best friend told me so and thinks I'm funny.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Madison

Meet Madison!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Madison!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"Life is too short to waste time being scared of the storm. Get out and play in the rain." I lost my mom at a very young age so I choose to live my life to the fullest.

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. I love to sing and will do so no matter where I am.
2. Always honest and reliable with work, friendships, and relationships.
3. I'm hilarious. Just kidding! But making people smile and laugh is my favorite thing.

Describe your perfect date… in Joplin!

My fiancé knows just how to take me out! We'll go out for dinner. My favorite places to eat are Red Onion and Red Oak Steakhouse, Rangeline Gold or 4th St. Bowl, and Pineapple Bliss for dessert.

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Yellow - I love action, optimism, and I am happy most of the time :)

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. I can air drum the heck out of that song and every time it plays here all the girls holler at me to do my drum solo.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Jennifer Lawrence - I love her as an actress and from interviews I have seen she and I have similar personalities and are both outgoing and love to have fun.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Madi

Meet Madi!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Madi!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"By grace, through faith.”

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. Good listener; always willing to listen and give advice.
2. Good friend.
3. Try to help people in need and lend a hand.

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

Orange Leaf! I could eat frozen yogurt all day!

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Purple because it can be bright and colorful but also blend in.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Life of the Party - Shawn Mendes. Could be any song by him, this one just never gets old.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Zooey Deschanel because I love her and she's awkward.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Lexus

Meet Lexus!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Lexus!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

My life motto is, “Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.” I like this idea because life doesn’t always go as planned, but good can always outweigh the bad if we let it.

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. I am a loving mother.
2. I am selfless by always putting others before myself.
3. I remain positive and spread positivity.

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

Dinner at Club 1201 and private painting class with RSV Paint.

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Yellow because I am friendly, upbeat and vibrant!

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I Hope You Dance by LeeAnn Womack because it is sentimental between myself and my daughters.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Ellen Pompeo in her character as Meredith Grey. She is independent, strong-willed, intelligent and real.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Mendy

Meet Mendy!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Mendy!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"Laughter is the best medicine." I love to laugh and live in the moment!

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. I am a proud mom of two.
2. I am a dancing queen!
3. I am good at making people smile ☺

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

Fabulous seafood dinner at Crabby's then drinks at the Piano Bar at J-Town.

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Red because it is bold and sassy!

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I'm A Bad Mamma Jamma..... because I am a bad mamma jamma :)

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Meryl Streep, only as in Mama Mia.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Ellyssa

Meet Ellyssa!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Ellyssa!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." - Mark Twain

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. My children, including my dog.
2. My second son who is my guardian angel.
3. My story.

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

My perfect date would be with my fiancé next to a body of water having a picnic then ending the date fishing and having adult drinks enjoying each other’s company and talking about our wonderful life!

What color would you use to describe you and why?

Blue; the color of the sky and sea. Blue is a pretty, positive, and uplifting color. It brings me a sense of peace.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake because it is my children's favorite song. Every time I hear it I picture them singing and dancing which automatically puts a smile on my face.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

As my dad would say, Jennifer Love Hewitt. He says we look and talk the same.

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

Meet Andrea

Meet Andrea!

We asked the Uncommon Team members to answer some interview questions to get to know them better. Here is our interview with Andrea!

What is your life motto or favorite quote and why?

"When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine."

Tell me the 3 best things about you.

1. Team Player
2. On time
3. Organized

Describe your perfect date . . . in Joplin!

The perfect date in Joplin would be to go out to eat Sushi Wasabi.

What color would you use to describe you and why?

The color that would describe me is blue like the ocean because its relaxing.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Despacito because I'm Hispanic.

Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

Orange is the new black "rebellious".

If you’re looking for a beautiful smile from people who will put your needs first, contact us today! Our goal is to make you a top priority and give you the smile you deserve from people you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon!