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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/

Unusual Foods that Fight Cavities


Posted on 10/13/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman drinking a glass of wine.
More often than not, we hear about foods that are causing cavities. Sugars, acidic foods, and even carbs have all been to blame for this. However, foods are not all bad in terms of your oral health. If you want to eat foods that are actually good for your teeth, then you are in luck. There are some really good foods out there that double as cavity fighting agents as well. Here are some of the best!

Foods You Need to Eat to Keep Cavities at Bay

The best food to help fight off cavities is cheese. The casein in cheese helps to promote a healthy smile and prevent cavities from even forming in your mouth. It is not foolproof, but with a good dental hygiene routine, it can keep your mouth facing far fewer cavities than those who do not indulge.

If you have been looking for a reason to drink wine now and again, your teeth are saying you should. Wine has a few different ingredients that can help prevent decay in your teeth. Just be careful. Never drink and then drive after, and be aware that red wine may leave your teeth stained if you have it often enough. You are better off sticking with white, and only drinking the occasional glass at home.

Polyphenols are another unusual food that you can turn to if you want to fight cavities. While polyphenols can be found in wine, they can also be found in dark chocolate. If you have a little bit now and again, it is thought that your mouth will suffer from fewer cavities than if you stayed away entirely.

All of these foods only work if you take care of your mouth properly with brushing, then flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. That is the only true way of keeping cavities under control.

Please contact us if you have any questions about cavities.
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