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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/

Can Piercing Your Lip Be Bad News for Your Oral Health?


Posted on 7/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A close up of a woman’s lip piercing.Are you considering getting your lip pierced? If so, you may be thinking about a lot of possible issues, including the possibility of infection and how the piercing will look in photos. However, one thing that people often fail to consider is how a lip piercing is going to affect their oral health. Recent research has worked to better understand how lip piercings can impact your mouth.

Lip Piercings and Tooth Health

The University of Barcelona recently completed a study involving lip piercings. Oral surgeons who authored the study investigated patients with lip piercings to only one side of their mouths, and both their general oral condition and gum health were observed.

The results indicated that these piercings led to considerable long-term dental health risks, especially when it came to cracked teeth. About 20% of patients had tooth cracks and fractures on the side of their mouth where they had their lip piercing.

Cracks in the teeth can be extremely problematic. Besides being painful, they can cause damage to the inner workings of the tooth, including exposing the pulp and nerve. Most cracks require root canals in order to correct the problem, otherwise the tooth could be lost.

Lip Piercings and Gum Health

This study also found that when patients had lip piercings, they experienced looser gums and greater levels of recession on the side with the piercing. The piercings resulted in greater gum loss, which could lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and future dental problems.

More young people than ever are choosing facial piercings, especially in the lip, but just because you like the way a lip ring makes your smile look doesn't mean that these piercings are a good idea. Keep the potential risks in mind when making the decision to get one of these piercings in order to protect your oral health.

Please contact us if you have any questions about lip piercings effect on your oral health!

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