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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/

Four Essential Oils that May Help to Keep Your Mouth Healthy


Posted on 3/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A large oil flask pouring oil into a spoon.An essential oil is a concentrated liquid that contains aromatic compounds from plants. Essential oils have been used for health purposes for thousands of years, and some have even shown some success when it comes to keeping the mouth healthy. If you are into using essential oils, these are a few that you should consider for improved oral health.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is an antiseptic that can be extremely beneficial when it comes to pain relief. Many dentists will recommend that you rub clove oil over the top of an extraction site in order to prevent the development of dry socket.

Rubbing clove oil over a tooth that hurts can also relieve pain until you are able to get to the dentist to find out what exactly is going on. However, be careful that you don't ingest large quantities of this oil, as it could be toxic to the body.

Peppermint Oil

There is a reason that your toothpaste tastes minty - peppermint oil is a common ingredient that is added to most toothpastes. This essential oil is incredibly useful in caring for your teeth, as its antiseptic properties will fight harmful germs and bad breath. It can also make your toothpaste taste better so that you can enjoy brushing your teeth.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon as an oil isn't something that many people have heard of, but it is actually a powerful antibacterial solution. It can target the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease and tooth decay, so consider rinsing out your mouth with this solution.

Tea Tree Oil

Studies have shown that tea tree oil can be an effective way to fight bacteria in the mouth, and it also combats the accumulation of plaque, reducing tartar and the risk of tooth decay. Like clove oil, tea tree oil can be toxic if ingested in large quantities, so use this essential oil carefully.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how oils can affect your oral health!
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