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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/

What College Students Need to Know about Their Oral Health


Posted on 12/15/2015 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A man that has graduated from college.Going off to college is liable to change your life in a variety of ways. Now that you are away from home, you'll need to be more in charge of your own health and welfare, and this includes your dental visits.

Making healthy food choices, brushing, and flossing can also become difficult now that you are on your own, and there are some important things that you need to know about your oral health after you head off to school.

Late-Night Study Sessions

When you are cramming for finals and trying to get your term papers completed at the last minute, you are liable to have some late nights. To stay awake, many people consume large amounts of energy drinks, soda, or coffee, and these beverages can be terrible for your teeth. Drinking water can help to reduce your risk of tooth decay and cavities if you are relying on these drinks to stay awake.

Late-night snacking is also common during these sessions, so college students should work to make healthy choices. Instead of chips, cookies, or candy, choose fresh produce, nuts, and dairy products instead. You'll get a better energy boost without jeopardizing your oral health.

Alcohol Consumption

Studies have shown that 80% of college students are regularly consuming alcohol, and about half of these students are binge drinking. Alcohol consumption comes with a variety of dangers, but it can also be detrimental to your teeth.

Alcohol contains sugars that the bacteria in your mouth will love to consume, causing decay. Also, when you are drinking, you are less likely to brush your teeth at night and will be more likely to make poor food decisions that can lead to oral health issues.

If you've recently gone off to college and are in need of a dental evaluation, call our office today for an appointment.

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