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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/

Do Clear Drinks Avoid Damaging Your Teeth?


Posted on 12/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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It is common knowledge that darker drinks like coffee and red wine often stain the teeth. So does that mean that you can have clear beverages and you can avoid the damage?

Unfortunately, unless the drink is water, the answer is no. You may avoid the staining by drinking clear beverages, but there are other factors that can still damage your teeth out of those beverages.

The Danger of Drinking Clear Drinks

To give clear carbonated beverages some flavor, the main flavoring is often related to some type of citrus. For clear sodas, this usually means you are getting a lot of citric acid in your mouth. That can mean that you are throwing the pH balance of your mouth off, and that you are exposing your teeth to the direct effects of acid erosion.

The same can happen with clear alcohols. Instead of citric acid, however, the ingredient is urethane. This has been shown to cause damage to your teeth, and in many studies has actually shown an increase in oral cancers over people who do not drink alcohol. Luckily, if you are using mouthwash that contains alcohol, urethane is not one of the ingredients that is put into the mix.

If you want to be able to help your teeth with the beverages you drink, stick to teas as they help keep your mouth healthy and clean, water as it washes away bacteria and restores proper pH balance, and milk as it helps to restore the calcium your teeth need to stay strong. The more of these three types of beverages you can drink, the healthier your mouth is going to be.

Contact our office if you commonly drink clear beverages that are not good for you, so he or she can better monitor your overall oral health.

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