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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/

Should You Be Using a Toothpick?


Posted on 4/15/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A man with a toothpick cleaning his mouth.You are out to dinner with your spouse when you feel like you have something stuck in your teeth. This can be extremely annoying, as suddenly, the only thing you can think about is that food debris that is wedged between your molars. You may reach for a toothpick in order to get it out, but is that really the best idea?

Wooden toothpicks have been a popular method for keeping the teeth clean, and it is one that is used all over the world. In some countries, this is actually the best way to clean between the teeth because there are no other viable alternatives, but in the U.S., we have more choices available to use. If, however, you do choose to use a toothpick, there are a few things to keep in mind:

•  Occasional toothpick use is fine as long as you use them gently
•  Accidental stabs with a toothpick are painful and can cause recession of the gums
•  Toss your toothpick out after use rather than sucking on it or holding it in your teeth
•  Never allow children to use toothpicks, as they could injure their gums and could possibly even swallow them

Instead of using toothpicks, take some time to plan ahead for the inevitable situation of getting food stuck in your teeth. Keep some floss or a toothbrush in your glove compartment or in your purse so that you access it easily when needed.

You can also invest in some flexible dental picks that will allow you to extract food from your teeth without having to worry about damage to your gums and soft tissues.

If you are a habitual toothpick user, your dentist will probably be able to tell due to the damage to your teeth and gums. In these situations, alternatives will likely be recommended in order to improve your smile and the health of your teeth.

So please contact us today for more information on toothpicks.
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