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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/

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy during Chemotherapy


Posted on 1/20/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman undergoing a chemotherapy treatment.If you are going through chemotherapy to treat your cancer, you obviously have a lot of health concerns. However, keeping your mouth healthy should also be a priority. Fortunately, by following a few simple steps, you can keep your mouth healthy while you continue to improve the health of the rest of your body.

Keep Your Mouth Moist

Dry mouth is a problem with chemotherapy patients, mostly because the medications that you will need to take can reduce your saliva production. To keep your mouth moist, make sure that you drink a lot of water. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help, and in the most severe cases, your dentist might prescribe a special saliva substitute.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

It is important to make sure you are regularly brushing, using an extra-soft toothbrush that will avoid damage to your weakened tooth enamel or gums. You should also avoid mouthwash that includes alcohol and always floss gently in order to avoid areas that might bleed easily.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

The most important tip in keeping your mouth healthy is to visit your dentist regularly. This should be done at least one month prior to starting treatments, if possible. Your dentist will ensure that your mouth is healthy beginning treatments, allowing you the opportunity to minimize the difficult effects of chemo.

Remember Your Dentures

If you are a denture wearer, request a consultation with your dentist to have your appliance checked. This will ensure that your dentures fit well so that you can avoid additional irritation while you are going through treatments.

Alter Your Diet

What you eat and drink are also important during chemotherapy. Make sure that you are choosing nutritious foods, especially if your appetite is impaired. You might also want to avoid foods that could cause your mouth discomfort, including acidic and spicy foods. Instead, stick to bland, soft food items.

Please contact us if you have any questions about chemotherapy.
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