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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/

Why Genetics Didn't Give You "Soft Teeth"


Posted on 12/25/2015 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from gum disease hiding her smile.Many families seem to see high levels of cavities that extend from generation to generation, and this has led to a myth that certain people are genetically prone to developing decay.

These individuals are said to have "soft teeth," but the soft teeth phenomenon isn't really accurate. In fact, research has shown that while cavities are an infectious disease, they are entirely preventable, so you don't have to feel that you are predestined to get cavities for the rest of your life.

Cavities Are the Result of Bacteria, Not Soft Teeth

Dental cavities are associated with bacterial strains that live on sugar. They thrive on diets that are high in carbs, including sweet liquids. When the bacteria of the mouth break these sugars down, they will create acids that then attack the enamel and result in decay.

Dental cavities can begin early on in life, as soon as the teeth emerge. Unfortunately, mothers who carry harmful, cavity-causing bacteria can pass them on to their children via the saliva, and when coupled with the sugars in baby formula, juice, and milk, they can create a cavity-causing perfect storm in a young child's mouth.

Preventing Cavities

Fortunately, you don't have to assume that just because your parents have a lot of cavities that you will too. Likewise, if you have experienced considerable tooth decay, your child isn't predestined to follow your path.

However, you should take certain steps to protect yourself, primarily by reducing the bacteria level in your own mouth by brushing your teeth regularly. Then, try not to swap saliva by sharing eating utensils. Be sure to check your child's mouth frequently for signs of decay or other oral health problems.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or the teeth of your child, contact our office today to set up an appointment.
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