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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/

3 Ways to Reduce Stress to Decrease Your Bruxism Problems


Posted on 3/20/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from severe bruxism.
Before we can discuss how to stop your bruxism problems by reducing stress, we have to explain what bruxism is. Most people have heard the phrase "grinding your teeth." This is what bruxism is. It also refers to those that clench their teeth.

For the most part these conditions are the result of stress. Stress can cause all sorts of conditions from bruxism to back and neck pain. But for your oral health you have to take steps to reduce the amount of stress you have and if you can't reduce it, you should take steps to handle it differently.

Method Number 1
Many people find that writing, such as keeping a journal or diary, is helpful to relieve stress. Frequently our inability to relieve stress is because we internalize it and don't have a way to decompress ourselves. Keeping a journal gives you the ability to "yell" at a piece of paper and get your frustration out. It can also help you to devise a plan to reduce the stress.

Method Number 2
The next method is to find someone non-judgmental to talk to. This could be a friend, counselor, or clergy person. Whoever it is, make sure it's someone you trust to keep your talks to themselves. If you can't trust the person to respect your privacy it will only increase your stress. Being able to verbalize your problems can put them into a different perspective and show you different ways to handle the problem.

Method Number 3
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. It doesn't matter what method of exercise you choose, the result will be the same. Exercise releases endorphins into your system which are chemicals your body produces to help you feel good. As an added bonus, it makes you healthier!

Please contact our office if you have and questions about bruxism.

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