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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19(Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19(Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS
epidemic.

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Tooth Pain and Running


Posted on 11/25/2015 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from tooth pain.Running can be hard on your body, and it is common to feel strains, sprains, and other problems with your aching joints and muscles after your runs. However, what about tooth pain? If you are experiencing excruciating tooth pain as a result of your running plan, it is important to understand why this pain sometimes occurs and what you can do to manage it.

What it Might Feel Like
Tooth pain while running can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing sensation. Some runners also experience pain around the ears and jaws, and hot weather conditions could cause the symptoms to worsen. It is thought that when the feet hit the ground, the vibrating impact could affect an underlying dental condition, or if you were to have food lodged between your teeth, you could be experiencing discomfort. This pain could be the sign of anything form a cavity to a crack in your teeth.

Grinding and Sinusitis

Two other major factors in tooth pain and running include grinding and sinusitis. Many people grind their teeth while they exercise, and as we dig deep to push ourselves to continue forward, we clench and rub our teeth together. This can be a major contributing factor to tooth pain, and if you grind your teeth at night while you are asleep, you could cause wear that worsens when running.

Sinusitis is also a known cause of tooth pain during running. This condition results in inflammation of the sinus cavities, and it can sometimes cause the nostrils to plug up. The sinuses are typically filled with air, but when they become filled with germs and fluid, these things can cause an infection. If you experience chronic sinusitis, you can contact your dentist or doctor for treatment options, as saline nose drops and other nasal decongestants can be helpful in controlling your symptoms and possibly reducing your tooth pain while you are running. For acute cases, antibiotics will likely be prescribed.

What You Should Take Away from this Pain

If you are experiencing severe tooth pain when running, take this as a sign that you need to make an appointment with your dentist. He or she can perform a checkup to see if there is a cavity, abscess, or hidden infection that might be causing your pain.

There are a few other techniques that you might want to try when that painful feeling sets in, especially before you are able to see your dentist:

•  Stop running as soon as you experience pain to take a swig of water. Rinse the water around through your oral cavity in order to loosen up any food particles that may have become lodged between your teeth.
•  Take a few moments to massage your jaw and facial muscles with your fingers. This could help to loosen things up.
•  After your run, use a mirror to inspect your mouth. See if you can determine the area or tooth that is causing you pain.
•  Use an over-the counter topical anesthetic to help with pain relief. This will numb the area so that you can feel more comfortable. Tylenol or Advil can also be helpful for pain control.
•  Work on your breathing techniques and try to be aware about your teeth positioning while you run. Are you clenching your jaw, or are your teeth slightly apart? If you feel that you are clenching while you run, consider investing in a mouth guard to protect your teeth.

Do you need more information about how to keep your teeth healthy when running or participating in other athletic activity? Feel free to contact our office to set up an evaluation.
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