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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 Restore Your Teeth after GERD


Posted on 1/30/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
An elderly man suffering from GERD.Have you been diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease, or GERD? Sometimes known as acid reflux, the primary symptoms of this condition are regurgitation, heartburn, and an acidic taste in the mouth.

That's because GERD occurs when the muscle that is intended to keep your stomach acid where it belongs doesn't stay closed, allowing acid to escape back up into your throat. Unfortunately, the acid can evaporate and travel back up into your mouth, and once there it can wreak havoc on your teeth.

How Does GERD Affect Your Teeth?

Stomach acid is extremely detrimental to your teeth. Unlike the acid produced by bacteria living in your mouth, this acid is produced in large quantities and can affect all of your teeth rather than a small, localized area. Stomach acid will wear away your teeth from the outside, creating enamel that is permanently soft and vulnerable.

Not only will the surfaces of your teeth wear down, but GERD can permanently alter the color of your teeth. As the enamel wears away, the yellow dentin layer will be exposed. At this point, your teeth will begin to appear yellow or brown in color, and they will no longer respond to whitening treatments.

Fixing Your Teeth

There are several ways that you can restore your teeth after they have been damaged by GERD. Dental crowns can be placed onto the back teeth in order to restore the chewing surfaces and protect them. For the front teeth, proclaim veneers are a better option, as these restorations can build the teeth back up to their original color and height.

Also remember that it is important to talk to your doctor about your GERD symptoms. Without treating this underlying cause, you will continue to have problems with your teeth. Contact our office for more information.
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