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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/

Is Your Tongue Trying to Tell You Something?


Posted on 6/15/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A close up of a mans tongue while he's yawning .Is something weird going on with your tongue? If you have noticed a change in the color or texture of your tongue, it could be trying to tell you something about your oral health.

Use this guide the next time you examine your tongue:

•  Pale color. A tongue that looks pale in color may indicate that you have an iron deficiency, so if you are feeling fatigued, this could be confirmation of a problem. A blood test could diagnose the problem definitively.
•  Bright red. Your tongue needs to stay a healthy pink color, but if it looks bright red, this could signal a deficiency of vitamin B12, folic acid, or niacin.
•  White coating. A white coating on your tongue, either all over or in patches, could indicate an infection. The most common is a bacterial overgrowth known as thrush.
•  Burning sensation. If your tongue feels like it is burning or stinging, you could be dealing with burning mouth syndrome. This condition isn't well understood, but is thought to be the result of hormonal changes, nutritional problems, infection, or dry mouth.
•  Sore patches. Does your tongue feel sore in certain areas? If you have ulcers or sores on your tongue, these painful lesions can be the sign of a problem, the most serious of which is oral cancer. This problem should definitely be checked out as soon as possible.
•  Black and hairy. If your tongue is black and appears furry, you could be dealing with a condition known as "black hairy tongue." This can be caused when the papillae on the tongue grow and fail to shed like normal.

If you are concerned about the color, appearance, or feeling of your tongue, or if you have experienced a sudden change, make sure you contact our office. Most likely you'll have nothing to worry about, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
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