Our Plan to Reopen Our Offices

Beginning Friday, May 1st, Fixari Family Dental will start reopening our offices. The health and safety of both our team and patients is our highest priority. We will continue to meet and exceed OSHA and Infection Control Standards as set forth by the ADA and Ohio State Dental Board as we have for over 33 years. We have also implemented several new protocols for team members and patients while they’re in our offices.

Fixari Family Dental team members will carry out the following processes:

  • Team members will be working in separate shifts to allow for a reduced number of people in the office and to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Cleaning will include disinfection of workspaces and concentration on high traffic areas, such as bathrooms and door handles.
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes, tissues, individually wrapped face masks for one-time daily use, hand sanitizer and gloves will be available at all of our facilities.
  • All team members’ temperatures will be recorded, and a health questionnaire will be administered. Employees exhibiting symptoms will not be permitted to work.

Patients can expect the following at their next appointment:

  • Patients are encouraged to complete all forms online as well as payments for their account. Having each patient’s email address is essential.
  • All patients will be asked to stay in their vehicle and text a designated number upon arrival. We will then ask patients for their vehicle’s color and model. When the patient’s room is ready, a team member will come to the patient’s vehicle. Upon exiting their car, the team member will provide hand sanitizer and will escort the patient into the building. You won’t need to touch anything in our building.
  • Each patient will have their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer and will be given a health questionnaire. If the temperature is elevated, the patient will be rescheduled after no symptoms.
  • All appointments will be carefully scheduled so that social distancing from all other patients will be respected at all times.  We have eliminated any use for a waiting room.
  • Every room is disinfected with hospital level care. All instruments are very carefully sterilized or disposable to ensure the safety of our patients and team.

We look forward to serving our patients in a safe and healthy environment, and we hope to see you soon! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our offices.

Orthodontic Concern? We’re here to help!

Do you have an Orthodontic concern?  We’re here to help!

We hope each of you and your families are staying well and safe. Amid this unusual and uncertain time, we are committed to staying connected with our family of patients, even as we practice social distancing.  By order of the Governor of the State of Ohio, and with the best interests of our patients and team in mind, we may have to delay orthodontic procedures and adjustments for another 2-4 weeks, or until the risks of coronavirus decline. While orthodontic issues can happen to any patient, it’s more important than ever to take care of your braces now that we’re limited to emergency appointments only.

We understand that our patients may have some questions about their care at this time, so we’re sharing solutions to some of the most common issues you might face as an orthodontic patient.  Read on to learn more.

Non-Emergency Issues

  • Broken Bracket – We know a broken bracket can be an inconvenience, but it’s not an emergency.  You can place orthodontic wax over the bracket if it is spinning.  You can also remove it if you’re easily able to do so.  It’s okay if your tooth moves.  We’ll be able to get everything back into alignment when we reopen.
  • Broken Wire – If a wire breaks and it’s not causing severe discomfort, everything will be okay.  If the wire is small and pokey, place wax over the end to ease discomfort.  If the wire is longer, try inserting it back into the bracket with a pair of tweezers.  If you are unable to do this, clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible using a clean pair of wire cutters or nail clippers.  Click here for a demonstration.
  • Broken Expander – If your expander has fallen out or breaks, please utilize the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of our website.  We will make a decision on a case-by-case basis to determine what needs to be done.  We may ask you to wear it as a retainer or to keep it safe until we can put it back in.
  • Broken Appliance – If your appliance breaks and you are experiencing discomfort, please utilize the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of our website.  We’ll be glad to review your case on an individualized basis.
  • Broken Retainer – We will make you a new retainer when our office reopens.  Place wax over the end to minimize any discomfort.

General Tips

  • If you experience an accident or trauma to your teeth or braces, please let us know right away by chatting with us using the chat box on the lower right hand corner of our website.  If you are in need of orthodontic wax, you can pick some up at any drugstore or big box store in the aisle with toothpaste and toothbrushes.  If you are in need of bands, please reach out to us via our chat feature.
  • Avoid eating sticky, chewy, or hard foods.  Any sugary or acidic foods should be avoided.  Choose water over juices or drinks with sugar.
  • Avoid any activities that might result in dental trauma, such as biking, riding a scooter, or playing contact sports with siblings around the house.
  • Take extra care of your smile, especially if you’re home from work or school.  Extra time means you can focus even more on taking care of your dental health and braces.  Proper brushing and flossing are important, as always.  Without appliances, brushing for two minutes is recommended.  Have an appliance?  Brush for four minutes after every meal.  Listen to a great song for motivation!
 
If you follow these steps, you can ensure a great first visit back to our office when we reopen.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us using the chat feature on our website.  We look forward to seeing you back in our offices very soon!

 

 

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Is Fixari Family Dental open at this time?

 

At Fixari Family Dental, our goal is help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  One way we can do this is to limit patient visits, according to recommendations from the Ohio Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We have adjusted our hours, but we will still remain open to serve our patients.  Our plan is to fully reopen in the coming weeks.  We are closely monitoring the latest information being published by the CDC.

Our doctors are still available to take care of your emergency needs, and we’ll have a dentist here to take care of you and your family.  The #1 question we’re being asked is, “What is considered a dental emergency?”  A dental emergency includes pain, swelling, or bleeding, as well as unexplained discomfort.  We have good news for our patients: we’re here to engage in question and answer.  If you need to make an appointment, you can request an appointment by clicking here or by calling 614-655-3514.  We have team members ready to answer your call and assess whether an appointment is recommended at this time.

As always, it is our top priority to ensure the health and safety of all Fixari Family Dental patients and employees.  Fixari Family Dental has gone above and beyond Universal Infection Control Protocol for 33 years and we are fully committed to keeping our offices safe for our patients and team. We continue to treat our own family members and patients, and we are committed to treating you in a safe and clean environment, too.

If you have an appointment scheduled in the next two weeks, please allow our team to reach out to you to reschedule, if necessary.  To help us expedite this process, we ask that you wait for our call before reaching out yourself.  As always, we appreciate your patience and flexibility.

From the Doctors and team at Fixari Family Dental, we wish you and your loved ones good health and safety during this time.  We will remain in touch with additional updates and information from our office as this situation evolves.  Please “Like” us on Facebook for the latest information from our office.

We look forward to seeing you and yours back in our office very soon.

With warm regards,
Drs. Mark & Shayne Fixari

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

The #1 Question that parents ask is, “When should I bring my child in for their first appointment?”  Ideally, your child should come to the dentist as soon as they get their first teeth, or by their first birthday.  We also encourage parents to bring their child in during their own appointments.  During the parent’s appointment, the child can sit on their parent’s lap.  This gives children the opportunity to get used to sitting through an appointment and gets them accustomed to all of these new things little by little.  For example, it gets them used to new sounds and our team. Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

At your child’s first appointment, we count their teeth and see how their teeth are growing.  Our dentists and hygienists will also share advice on proper nutrition, as well as how to best care for your child’s smile.  These early visits are all about building up confidence in your child, and allowing them to get used to dental appointments.  Some children begin by sitting in the dental chair, but for others, it takes some getting used to.  We never force them into doing something that they are not ready for.  We want great first visits, so that being comfortable at the dentist becomes a lifetime habit.

If your child is over 1 year old and you have not yet brought them into the dentist, don’t worry!  Instead, get an appointment booked soon.  The worst that can happen is when a child has a preventable dental problem and they haven’t been seen by a dentist before.  We know that when there’s an underlying issue, it causes stress for the parent and the child.  Dental disease is totally preventable if your child is seen early enough.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Our doctors and team are here for you and your family.  You can request an appointment by clicking here or calling 614-655-3514.  Maximize your child’s time with the doctor by submitting their forms online here.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

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Spring Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2020

Spring Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2020

Spring Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2020

It’s that time of year again!

Springtime is one of the most precious times of year, because it means that warmer weather is on its way and greenery begins to appear again.  For students and teachers, this means a break away from school is on its way.

By the way, do you know which dates your child is on spring break?  To help out our patients, our team researched when local schools are closed.  Most of our patients prefer their children to get their cleanings and exams done during school breaks, so that they don’t miss time away from their learning.  Get out your calendar and give us a call, because springtime appointments are going fast!  Call 614-655-3514 to schedule or click here to request an appointment.

We are confident that we can find the perfect time for you and your family to come in and see us because we have early morning, evening and weekend hours available.  Our patients tell us that they love the convenience of coming to our offices because we have this great variety of hours.

Spring Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2020

When does your child have their spring break?  Check it out below:

Spring Break Dates
Bexley- March 16th – March 20th
Bloom Carroll- April 10th – April 13th
Canal Winchester- April 10th – April 13th
Columbus City- April 10th – April 17th
Gahanna-Jefferson- March 23rd – March 27th
Groveport-Madison- April 10th – April 17th
Hamilton- March 23rd – March 27th
Lancaster- April 6th – April 13th
New Albany-Plain- March 30th – April 3rd
Pickerington- March 23rd – March 27th
Reynoldsburg- March 23rd – March 27th
South Western City School- March 23rd – March 27th
Whitehall- April 10th – April 17th
World Harvest Prep- April 10th – April 17th

Your 2020 Smile Checklist

Your 2020 Smile Checklist

Your 2020 Smile Checklist

7 Tips to Help Keep Your Healthy Smile Resolution for 2020

☐ 1. Reserve your appointment early, because this gives you the most options for Your BUSY schedule.

☐ 2. Ask about our New Whitening Process.  Request an appointment with your favorite Doctor or Hygienist.

☐ 3. Tooth Sensitivity may be the result of an underlying problem.  Don’t put it off any longer.  We can help, so call today.

☐ 4. Using a fluoride toothpaste is helpful, but having a Professional Fluoride Treatment in our office is the best “dental insurance” you will ever invest in.

☐ 5. You deserve to eat and enjoy your favorite foods.  If you have missing or broken down teeth, ask us about replacing with Implants or Crowns.

☐ 6. Have you met our Orthodontist, Dr. Lawrence?  Ask for a complimentary Orthodontic consultation at your next appointment.  2020 could be YOUR Year.

☐ 7. Ward off periodontal disease by flossing daily and following your hygienist’s recommendations.  Periodontal disease affects other major health issues, which includes cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness.  An annual Oral Cancer Screening is also included as a part of your exam at Fixari Family Dental.

Call us at 614-429-1211 today to get started on your new smile resolution.

January appointments are already filling up quickly, so call today!

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Your 2020 Smile Checklist

Here’s How to Waste Your Dental Benefits

Time is running out to use your 2019 dental benefits

We want you to help maximize your dental benefits.

The most frequently asked question we receive from our patients is about their dental benefits, because they simply don’t understand how dental insurance works.  Did you know that most dental plans are on a 12-month calendar?  This means that your dental benefits are eligible for use between January 1st and December 31st, which is only a few weeks away.  Even for those who understand their dental benefits, many procrastinate coming to the dentist to use the benefits that they’ve paid for.  When dental benefits go unused, they do not rollover to the next year.  Instead, they go back to the dental insurance provider.  Most of our patients who have dental insurance want to maximize their benefits instead of letting them expire.

We want you to help maximize your dental benefits that you already have for 2019, and our Business Team is here to help you.  Our phone lines have been busy with patients asking when they can come in to utilize their dental benefits before the end of the year.  Since we’ve received so many phone calls, we have opened up a few extra appointment times to accommodate our patients.  What we’ve noticed in previous years is that patients wait to call until the last few weeks of the year, and they find that the schedule is already full.  These appointments won’t last, so please give us a call as soon as possible to get this process started.

Please call our business team at 614-655-3514 to ask about your particular dental plan if you have one.  No insurance?  No problem. We offer an awesome Dental Membership Plan at Fixari Family Dental, too.

 

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Fixari Family Dental of Lewis Center

Hello!  Fixari Family Dental is proud to announce the opening of its Lewis Center location in early 2020.  Bookmark this page and stay tuned, as we plan to share updates about the office.  Please “Like” our Facebook page, as we will be posting updates there, too.

Our Lewis Center dentist office is located at 8300 Orange Centre Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035.  This will be the most state of the art dental facility ever built in the Midwest.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family as new patients to our new location.

November 2019

Check out this video!  It shows a progression from July to November.

October 2019

Check out this video!  It shows a progression from July to October.

September 2019

Dr. Mark Fixari checks out the progress being made on the new office.

June 2019

Amish craftsmen create beams for the building entrance.

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2018

Here are Dr. Mark and Dr. Shayne Fixari’s vision for the new office location in Lewis Center.

Fall and Winter Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2019

Fall & Winter Break Dates 2019 Columbus

Fall and Winter Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2019

Can you believe it? 

The end of the year is almost here, and the holiday season is upon us.  We celebrate this time of year for several reasons.  For some, this means a time to remember to give thanks and spend time with our loved ones.  And for students, it means some time off of school.  What a truly joyous time of year!

Speaking of which, do you know which dates your child is on fall and winter break?  To help out our patients, our team researched when local schools are closed.  Most of our patients prefer to get their cleanings and exams done before their insurance benefits expire at the end of the year because they don’t want to waste their dental benefits.  Get out your calendar and give us a call, because year-end appointments are going fast!

We are confident that we can find the perfect time for you and your family to come in and see us because we have early morning, evening and weekend hours available.  Our patients tell us that they love the convenience of coming to our offices because we have this great variety of hours.

When does your child have their fall and winter break?  Check it out below:

Fall and Winter Break Dates for Columbus Schools 2019
Fall Break Dates
Bexley- Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th
Bloom Carrol- Nov. 28th and 29th
Canal Winchester- Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th
Columbus City- Nov. 28th and 29th
Gahanna-Jefferson- Nov. 27th, 28th, and 29th
Groveport-Madison- Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th
Hamilton- Nov. 28th and 29th
Lancaster- Nov. 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th
New Albany-Plain- Nov. 27th, 28th, and 29th
Pickerington- Nov. 27th, 28th, and 29th
Reynoldsburg- Nov. 27th, 28th, and 29th
Southwestern City- Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th
Whitehall- Nov. 28th and 29th
World Harvest Prep- Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th
 
Winter Break Dates
Bexley- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Bloom Carrol- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd 
Canal Winchester- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Columbus City- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Gahanna-Jefferson- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Groveport-Madison-Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Hamilton- Dec. 21st through Jan. 8th
Lancaster- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
New Albany-Plain- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Pickerington- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Reynoldsburg- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Southwestern City- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
Whitehall- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd
World Harvest Prep- Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3rd

Mouthguards for Better Overall Health

 

Custom mouthguards for better overall health

Are you or your loved ones an athlete?  Physical activity has many benefits, but playing a sport increases the risk of injury to the mouth and head.  Especially if you are involved in a contact sport, you’ll want to talk to your dentist about wearing a mouthguard as soon as possible.  Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine if a custom mouth guard would be right for you.  Unlike ready-to-wear mouth guards from a store, a mouth guard made by your dentist offers more protection.  Your dentist will be able to create the best mouth guard for your smile, so you can maintain good oral health and avoid an emergency trip to the dentist.

When people think about mouthguards, they usually think about high contact sports like football and hockey.  But even those who engage in high-impact activities like Cross-Fit or weightlifting can benefit from a custom mouthguard.  Any athlete who works out or participates in a sport which could result in contact near the face should wear a mouthguard.

Much like an airbag works to protect you during a car crash, mouthguards help to absorb the shock of an impact to the head area.  Mouthguards can help absorb the shock and reduce the chances of a concussion or injury.  Concussions, fractured jawbones, and broken teeth can all be prevented by wearing a mouthguard.

The benefits of wearing a custom mouthguard

Did you know that mouthguards can prevent a concussion?  If your face is directly impacted without wearing a mouthguard, a brain or dental injury could occur.  Studies show, however, that custom-fitted mouthguards can reduce your chances of concussion by more than 50%!

A custom fit means that the guard is built especially to fit an individual’s mouth.  It will also fit securely, making it easier to breathe around than a store-bought mouthguard.  A custom fit also makes talking easier, so that communications with teammates are clearer.  Custom mouthguards are also more durable and easier to disinfect.  You can even get custom colors to match the colors of a particular sports team.

Concussions and oral trauma have long lasting impacts on overall health, so we encourage our patients to wear a mouthguard for all sports activities. You can get a custom-fitted mouthguard at Fixari Family Dental, and have it ready for pickup in two weeks or less. Take the time to protect the athletes in your life and make sure they have a smile that lasts a lifetime.

Request an appointment online now for a free consultation.  Appointments are filling up quickly!

Custom mouthguards for better overall health

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