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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 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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