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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/

What Risk Factors Can Contribute to Increased Cavities


Posted on 6/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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You've been told time and time again that brushing and flossing are the keys to preventing cavities. Sometimes, however, despite your best efforts, you might still wind up with them anyway.

This is because, even though you brush and floss on a regular basis, there are a few factors that can increase your risk for developing them.

Your Diet
The things you eat play a crucial role in the development of cavities, namely sugar and acid. Sugar doesn't inherently give you cavities, but it does provide food for the bacteria in your mouth. In turn, the bacteria produce acids which eat away at your enamel.

Speaking of acid, acidic foods (coffee, citrus) weaken your enamel, making it more susceptible to bacterial attack. You don't have to completely cut out sugar and acidic foods from your diet, but reducing the amount you eat can help. It is also advised to follow these foods or beverages with a glass of water.

Dry Mouth

Your mouth relies on saliva not only for digestion, but to help fight bacteria. If you suffer from dry mouth, your body is not producing sufficient saliva, making your mouth the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

There are several causes of dry mouth, including:

•  Medications.
•  Smoking.
•  Drinking.
•  Conditions that make you breathe through your mouth.

Diabetes

Diabetes doesn't just affect your blood sugar, it can also affect your oral health. If your blood sugar is too high, you will also have more sugar in your mouth overall, and you are unwittingly providing food for oral bacteria. Getting your blood sugar under control can help to reduce the sugar in your mouth and help to reduce your risk for cavities.

Lack of Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to strengthen your enamel and prevent it against acid attacks. Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods (in small amounts) and is often added to the water supply.

It can also be found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Your dentist can also apply treatments. A lack of sufficient fluoride can mean that your enamel is weaker, and therefore more susceptible to harm. But, at the same time, you need to be careful not to get too much.

Age
Your age can play a role in your susceptibility to cavities. Older adults are often at an increased risk due to naturally receding gums (more surface area, including roots, exposed). Children are also at an increased risk. This is due to their oral hygiene habits and the fact that the minerals in their teeth are not yet stable.

Even with the best oral hygiene habits, you are not immune to cavities. Regular visits to your dentist will help to spot and stop cavities before they become serious. Also, be sure to discuss risk factors with your dentist so you can learn the best ways to prevent cavities from forming.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.
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