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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/

Three Newer Technologies that Can Find Cavities Earlier than Ever


Posted on 5/25/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A diagnodent machine used to detect cavities.The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, making it easier than ever to find cavities quickly.

By using some of these new systems, cavities can be detected and treated early on in order to minimize the amount of treatment needed.

Quantitative Light-Induced Fluorescence

Also known as QLF, this technology is one of the newest options, and it uses a light source, fluorescent dye, and camera. The camera will take an image of each tooth, and specialized software will analyze the images to provide information about the loss of minerals.

This technology can detect early decay in both the permanent and the baby teeth, as well as early decay that is located near the crowns, fillings, and orthodontic hardware.

DIAGNOdent

DIAGNOdent is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses lasers to collect information by shining a handheld tool onto each tooth. This laser beam is then absorbed by each tooth and will leave it as fluorescent light. While a solid structure will give off minimal fluorescent light, bacteria and damaged portions will give off more.

Studies have shown that use of this technology can diagnose decay early in the under layers of the tooth before cavities can develop in the enamel.

DIFOTI

DIFOTI, or Digital Imaging Fiber-Optic Trans-Illumination, uses computer technology to collect images of the teeth while a light is shined from behind them. Softened tooth areas will appear darker than the healthy areas, so dentists use the images to detect problems. This technology is similar to an X-ray image, but it doesn't use radiation.

However, collecting an image with DIFOTI will require more time than an X-ray because of the accuracy needed when placing the camera on each tooth.

Do you think that you might have a cavity forming? Contact our office about options that might be available to check out your teeth.
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