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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/

My Tooth Hurts and the Dentist Office Is Closed


Posted on 8/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from a severe tooth ache.Our teeth don't seem to know when it's proper business hours, and there is nothing worse than tooth pain, a lost filling, or a broken tooth when you know that you can't see a dentist for several hours.

There are some things you can do to temporarily relieve the pain that comes with tooth cavities, fractures, sensitivities or broken fillings.

Toothache

If you are experiencing a toothache, these steps may help until you can see your dentist.

•  Start with a good brushing and flossing. Sometimes food or plaque can get stuck in places and cause irritation.
•  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This technique has been used for a couple of thousand years and is a natural anti-inflammatory. What's more, the salt temporarily increases the pH balance of your mouth, reducing bacteria in your mouth
•  Taking an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen or tylenol may temporarily relieve the pain associated with a toothache.
•  Applying topical gels for oral pain can offer temporary relief. Products such as Orajel, and others like it, can create a numbing effect offering great temporary relief.

Broken Filling

A broken filling can happen at anytime, and it can be very painful when it does. If you experience a broken filling and are unable to get to a dentist immediately, try the following steps:

•  There are over the counter tooth fillers that can be purchased at any pharmacy. These fillers are not a permanent fix, but can last you several days until you can be seen. Be sure to clean the tooth thoroughly before applying, you don't want to seal in food debris or bacteria.
•  In a pinch, regular bubble gum will work to relieve the pain. Sugarfree would be best.
•  Over the counter medication, including ibuprofen or tylenol, can help reduce the pain.

Please contact us if you have any questions about tooth pain.
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