Did you know?

Healthy gums are generally a light to medium shade of pink. They look and feel firm instead of soft or spongy, and they fit snugly against your teeth without pulling away from your roots. You should not experience pain or discomfort when brushing, flossing or eating cold foods.

To learn more about proper oral hygiene habits and how our team can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.

We thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this difficult and uncertain time.

As your dental health professionals, your well-being is important to us. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), statewide leaders and local and state health officials continue to monitor the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you we take precautions every day to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and that we are staying up-to-date on information and protocols surrounding COVID-19.

First and foremost, the health and safety of our patients is our main priority. At all times, we adhere to the highest level of precautions and protocols in our practice to prevent the spread of infection, including COVID-19. For more information about these infection control procedures, please visit the American Dental Association® or CDC websites.

We are taking extended measures to further protect all our patients and team with the following additional protocols:

  • Anyone entering the office must wear a face mask.
  • You will be screened for any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and your temperature will be taken.
  • Please do not bring any friends or family with you unless necessary for medical or mobility concerns.
  • In compliance with the recommendations for public health, anyone with a cough or fever will not be allowed in the building and should stay home. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  • If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to a country with outbreaks of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined as a precaution, we ask that you please wait 14 days before scheduling your dental appointment.
  • We have added air purifiers (with HEPA filter and infrared feature) in the waiting area and in each examination room.
  • You will need to report any symptoms or fever within 14 days of your visit.
  • Before your appointment, you have the option to stay in your car instead of the waiting room until we are ready to seat you in the examination room. Please call us when you arrive, and we will call you back when we are ready for you to come in. Please note that because our practice is small, this is completely optional as our waiting room does not normally exceed 4-5 (maximum) people at a time. We also have a second waiting area that will be utilized to maintain social distancing.

We ask you to use your best judgment and caution surrounding upcoming appointments and to call us if you have any questions about your appointment or our practice protocols. We also encourage you to follow prevention and safety guidelines established by the CDC.

We will continue to closely monitor updates from the CDC, the American Dental Association® (ADA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our state officials. In the case of new information, we will keep you informed of any changes to our procedures or appointments. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your upcoming appointment or oral health needs.

You can be assured safety measures at Dr. Barker’s office will continue to evolve as more information develops.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr. Gary Barker & Staff