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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/

Early Stages of Gum Disease Don't Actually Hurt


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
Gum disease is silent for the first part. It creeps up on you with only a few signs that you need to be on the lookout for, but little or no discomfort along the way.

Many people assume their gums must be healthy if they don't hurt, but that is not accurate. If your gums were healthy, they not only wouldn't hurt, but they also wouldn't have any early signs that you may have gum disease.

Signs That You May Have Gum Disease

The most common sign that people often relate to gum disease is bleeding gums. If you brush your teeth and your gums begin to bleed, this could be the first sign of gum disease.

When looking around your mouth, you will likely see puffiness around your gums. Instead of your gums being a really light pink, your gums could either be a pale pink, almost white, or your gums could be a darker pink, nearly red.

It may not be all of your gums, so it is important that you look around your mouth carefully. If you have noticed anywhere in your mouth look like this, bring it up at your next dental cleaning appointment.

You don't want gum disease. It leaves you with sore teeth, gums, and the prospect of tooth loss, among other issues. Gum disease has also been linked to increased risk for heart disease and other ailments.

Taking your gum health seriously allows you to get the benefits of having healthy teeth and gums, plus decreases the chances you will be struggling with any other ailments related to your gum disease down the line.

Don't take the chances that your gums are healthy on their own. Take care of them with proper brushing and flossing techniques, plus seeing your dentist every six months like clockwork.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about gum disease.
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