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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/

Danger of Ignoring Impacted Canines


Posted on 2/23/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from an impacted canine.
Impacted teeth can pose a risk to the overall health of your mouth. All impacted really means is that you have a tooth that wants to erupt, but for some reason, it has gotten stuck. This is often due to crowding in your mouth.

If you ignore the tooth that wants to come in, you could end up dealing with a few symptoms that can make your life quite unhappy. Here are some of the problems you may face by ignoring impacted canines.

Problems Associated with Impacted Canines

One of the most common problems associated with impacted canines is pain. The tooth that gets stuck wants to come in, and continues to push. This can make the tooth trying to come in painful, plus the teeth surrounding that tooth can become quite sore.

Another issue with an impacted tooth is that the teeth surrounding where that tooth wants to go, often get pushed out of their normal position. This can be painful, can distort your smile, and can cause issues with your bite. If your teeth go from fitting together properly, to no longer sitting right, it could result in tooth, gum, or jaw pain, plus cracked teeth from teeth that don't come down the right way together.

If you suspect that one (or more) of your teeth may be stuck, you need to go in and see your dentist right away. The longer you wait, the more dangerous the time becomes. Each day that goes by that leaves that tooth out of place or struggling to come in, is one more day that you could be going through unnecessary pain.

There are ways of treating impacted teeth, but you do need to know what is causing the tooth to be stuck in the first place. Call our office for more information today!

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