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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/

Avoid the Risks of DIY Whitening Systems


Posted on 2/17/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A before and after image of a patients teeth using a professional teeth whitening treatment.Most of us would like a whiter smile, and to get it, you might be tempted to go out and buy a do-it-yourself whitening kit to try at home. Sure, these systems are cheap and relatively easy to use, but are they really worth the cost? Or, could they actually damage your teeth? Find out more about the risks associated with these systems.

Spotty Results
Without a dentist's help, home teeth whitening systems can have spotty results. The bleach concentration in home systems usually ranges from 10-20%, but most DIY bleaching kits don't indicate the exact concentration on the box. Without knowing how strong the bleaching agent is, you could end up choosing one with a lower concentration that provides ineffective results.

Damage to the Enamel

The enamel is the protective layer covering your teeth. This is often the portion of your tooth that is stained, and home whitening systems will use chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate to try and remove them. Erosion of the enamel can occur if these two substances aren't used correctly.

Bleach and Damage to the Gums

The bleaching agents found in your DIY system could cause damage to the gum line because the strips and trays used are one size fits all system. If the whitening agent ends up connecting with your gums, you could bleach them, as well. Considering that your gums are extremely sensitive because of the thousands of nerve endings found here, that isn't what you want to happen.

Professional teeth whitening solutions are both stronger than these home systems and are more likely to get you the results that you are looking to achieve. If you do decide to try a DIY system, please contact us for recommendations on which brand or variety will be the best fit for your unique teeth.

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