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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Do Certain Foods Hurt to Chew? Speak to Your Dentist
Prescott Valley, AZ


Posted on 4/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman eating yogurt at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ.
Some foods, regardless of who you are or what you do, have the potential to be painful while chewing. Some of these include taffies or other dense, chewy foods, along with hard candies or brittles, which we advise you not to chew anyway.

Hard foods can cause strain to the teeth, potentially cracking them. Chewy foods like taffy cause the teeth to stick together, potentially causing them to ache and pull as you chew.

These foods can be eaten, but carefully and in moderation. If you aren't sure if your teeth are strong enough, ask! However, if you find that your teeth continue to ache when you chew nearly any food, maybe it is time to schedule an appointment with us.

It Could Be a Sign
If you find that it is common to experience tooth or jaw aches while chewing, it could be a sign that something more is going on. First, look for a pattern. If you notice pain only chewing cold or warm foods, it may be a tooth sensitivity issue.

If you find that it occurs only with candies, it may have to do with sugar. Keeping track of food similarities is a good practice, and will help us find the best solution for your problem.

Keep an eye on textures as well. If you find that chewy foods tend to hurt, perhaps it could be a crack or fracture that becomes irritated as food infiltrates the fissure.

Be sure to know how long the pain has been occurring, and if you have had any weakness in the tooth before, as those are questions our doctors will want to know. While it could be no big deal, it could also be a sign of something that we should remedy as quickly as possible.

Pain should never be ignored, and if you are worried this might be a problem with the integrity of your tooth or jaw, be sure to come in as soon as possible.

We will track down the source of the pain so that we can hurry to make it stop. In the meantime, eat soft foods such as smoothies, yogurts, pasta, or soft fruits. Soft foods put up the least resistance and should limit the pain you experience until you can come in!

Please contact our office at (928) 277-0076 if you have any questions about your oral health.

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