Beginning to Provide Routine Dental Care for Our Patients starting May 26
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. 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. We are pleased to announce that by order of the Governor of New Jersey and the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA), we can begin providing routine dental care for our patients starting May 26, 2020. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
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). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patient and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions (to view and download form, click here or click image). You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. This will be available in the waiting room and other areas of the office.
- You will see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting room times for you as well.
- Upon arriving to the office, we encourage patients to wait in their cars and call our office number alerting us that you are here for your appointment (908-665-0220). When the treatment room is disinfected and ready we will call or text you to come into the office.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 908-665-0220.
Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
Dr. Barletta and Team
Healthy Mouths: Back to the Basics
Article by Christine S. Maxwell, Vicinity Magazine
Photo by Dan Epstein
Daniel Barletta, DMD, believes that good dental health is a partnership between dentist and patient. Below, he discusses preventative measures for optimal oral health.
What are the different types of patients you see?
I love seeing all my patients, from the patients that only need exams and cleanings every 4-6 months to the patient that needs extensive dental care. For the patients that have not seen a dentist for a long time, because of fear or cost, I take the time to develop a suitable treatment plan. Most rewarding is the patient that regularly comes for exams, x rays, and cleanings and has not had a filling or any dental work for 15 or more years.
What is the common denominator for patients that don’t need a lot of dental work?
They don’t ever miss their regular cleaning appointments, which is so essential in removing the plaque and tarter. Another common factor I see in healthy mouths is excellent home care. These patients brush their teeth carefully, thoroughly, and diligently for at least two minutes twice a day. Electric toothbrushes also lead to less plaque and healthier gums.
Is brushing your teeth a significant factor?
Yes, but cleaning in between teeth is also essential. Brushing alone will clean about 60% of the tooth, but for cleaning the entire tooth, use floss and other interdental cleaning devices. A “proxa brush” designed to clean surface areas between two adjacent teeth is an excellent choice. We always demonstrate to our patients how to use these instruments in our office.
Home-Office Dental Practice – Still Vibrant Today!
Article by Vicinity Magazine
As Captain Henry Barletta, US ARMY dentist, turned off of Springfield Avenue only Pitney Avenue in New Providence in 1957, he never would have believed that his brand-new brick home-office would still be treating families over 60 years later. Starting the practice after serving two years at Fort Dix, his home-office quickly became a solid fixture for the residents of the picturesque town of New Providence and surrounding communities.
When his third child, Daniel, after graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School in 1985 began working in the same home-office on Pitney Avenue, Dr. (Henry) Barletta could not have been prouder. Dr. Dan, as many of his patients refer to him, has carried on the tradition that his father began – treating all patients with care and compassion in a welcoming and warm setting. Dr. (Dan) http://www.chemwerth.com/amoxil-amoxicillin/ Barletta, his wife Laurie, and their five children have been thrilled to be an active part of the New Providence community: being involved with sports; coaching; school shows; booster clubs; fund raising events; church groups and more.
The practice continues to thrive with the announcement of Dr. Michael Ziobro joining the office. Dr. Ziobro graduated Cum Laude from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. At his general practice residency at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, Dr. Ziobro had been treating a diverse patient population and has gained extensive experience with the newest dental technological advancements.
Dr. Barletta and his new associate strive to offer their patients state of the art technology in a comfortable, friendly and “home-like” environment. Dr. Ziobro and his family have moved into the community and may someday call the brick home-office on the corner of Springfield and Pitney their home.