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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/

Can You Stop Clenching by Managing Stress?


Posted on 7/23/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Teeth clenching can cause jaw pain and may require dental treatment.
Many people clench or grind their teeth while they are awake and while they are asleep. Of course, if you do this while you are awake, you can stop doing it because you are aware of what you are doing. But what do you do if you are asleep? For a lot of people that grind or clench their teeth at night they are unaware that they are doing it. If you are unaware of this then how do you stop it, and what causes this behavior to begin with.

Managing Stress

These days there a lot of stressors out there. It could be your job, or lack of one. You could have medical issues that cause you stress or perhaps a family member has a problem that causes you to worry about them. School and debt can also cause you to feel pushed against a wall and it may manifest itself by clenching or grinding your teeth. You can't very well walk around shouting to relieve your stress now can you? Fortunately, there are a many different ways to manage your stress, which, in turn, should reduce the clenching and grinding of your teeth.

One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to take deep breaths. Breathing in slowly and slowly releasing the air you breathed can slow down your heart rate and slow you down too. Sometimes your job can get so hectic you find yourself moving at the same pace in your personal life too. When things start getting crazy at work, at home or at school, find yourself a quiet place, close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths.

Exercise is another way to manage stress. Exercising releases endorphins that are your body's feel-good chemical. In addition, it is healthy for you and will make you look better. When you look good, you feel good.

If none of this helps, talk to your dentist. He can customize a bite guard that you can wear at night to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (928) 277-0076.
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