COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim

Oral Cancer Screenings Detect the Disease In its Early Stages

Dr. Art Carpenter provides oral cancer screenings for all of our patients, making your health his number one priority. He uses the latest dental technology in order to catch this serious disease at its earliest stages. When detected early, patients have a much higher survival rate. At-risk patients should get screened regularly—typically at the time of their regular dental exam—to lower their risk of progression of the disease. Whether you know you are at risk or you are unsure, contact us online or call our our Kenilworth, IL, office at (847) 251-5004 today to schedule your next screening.

Who is at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Regular oral cancer screenings generally begin for patients at age 40. Patients with greater risk factors may begin receiving screenings earlier, though. At-risk patients include those:

  • With a family history of oral cancer
  • Who have had frequent unprotected sun exposure
  • Who use tobacco products regularly, even smokeless forms
  • Who drink alcohol heavily

Because of the difficulty in recognizing oral cancer without a professional exam, it is vital that you receive regular screenings. Earlier diagnosis can prevent this condition from spreading and developing beyond treatment.

How Does Oral Cancer Develop?

Oral cancer can affect several areas of the mouth, including the tongue, inner and outer lips, throat, salivary glands, and even the sinuses. Initially, the condition may start as a minor growth that causes no pain. It can lead to a sore throat, which patients may equate to a cold or allergies rather than something more serious. You may notice red or white patches in the mouth or develop sores that do not heal. Because of the difficulty in recognizing oral cancer without a professional exam, it is vital that you receive regular screenings. Earlier diagnosis can prevent this condition from spreading and developing beyond treatment.

What Happens During the Oral Cancer Screening Process?

The oral cancer screening process begins with Dr. Carpenter thoroughly reviewing your medical history. He will also discuss your use of alcohol and tobacco so he can better determine your risk level. After discussing these factors with you, he will begin the physical examination. He will examine your lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat for:

  • Red or white sores
  • Rough patches or lumps
  • Tenderness or pain in particular areas
  • Unexplained bleeding

In its earliest stages, when we ideally want to catch it, oral cancer is not always visible to the naked eye. As such, Dr. Carpenter uses the VELscope® system. This handheld instrument can detect abnormalities that he cannot see during a physical examination.

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The VELscope screening system makes early detection of oral cancer easier.

If Dr. Carpenter finds any signs of oral cancer, he can take a sample for a biopsy or refer you to a specialist. A biopsy and visits with a specialist can then do a biopsy to determine if it truly is cancer. If it is, you can start treatment right away to halt the disease and prevent it from progressing or spreading.

Can Oral Cancer be Prevented?

There are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing oral cancer. Limiting your consumption of alcohol and quitting the use of any tobacco products (or never using them to begin with) can all lower your risk. You should also limit unprotected sun exposure. Wear sunscreen any time you plan to spend time outdoors and reapply as needed. A healthy diet overall can also prevent oral cancer.

Schedule a Screening Today

If you are over the age of 40 or use tobacco products, you should start getting regular oral cancer screenings. Contact our office online or call us at (847) 251-5004 today.

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Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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