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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/

How to Help Restore Your Gums after Gingivitis


Posted on 3/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A patient suffering from severe gum disease.
For those of you who don't know, gingivitis is a periodontal disease. When it is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. When you have a gum condition it causes your gum tissues to get inflamed and can lead to bone loss.

When you have bone loss, you lose teeth. When properly treated, gum disease can usually be corrected within a short period of time, unless an underlying health condition is causing the gum disease. Once your gingivitis is gone, it is up to you to ensure it doesn't come back.

Regular Dental Maintenance

Regardless of the cause of your gingivitis the way you maintain the cleanliness of your teeth and mouth will go a long way to keeping a repeat performance of gingivitis. Always brush your teeth in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

When you get a toothbrush, be sure you get a soft bristle brush. These are easier on your gums and less likely to damage the enamel if you brush too aggressively.

Be sure you floss regularly. Flossing not only cleans your teeth also helps keep cavities from forming at your gum line. It also helps your gums heal more quickly.

Watch Your Diet
Nothing can mess up your gums worse than a poor diet. You should be eating a diet high in nutrients and vitamins to help maintain your oral health. Fresh vegetables are important in your diet. Also important are fresh fruits.

Dried fruits aren't as good and can even have a higher sugar content as the result of the dehydration process. Be sure, when you choose your fruits and vegetables that you choose varieties that are less acidic. Choose apples over oranges.

You should also drink milk or water after you finish each meal or snack. Milk neutralizes the acid in your mouth. Reducing the acidity is one of the best things you can do.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about gingivitis.

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