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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/

How Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Helps Your Mouth


Posted on 7/30/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Mouthwash, in combination with brushing and flossing, is an important part of oral care.
No one wants to go around with bad breath. That is one of the reasons why many people use mouthwash. The mouthwash ads promise you fresher breath and a little flavor to go with it. And they do give you fresher breath. But most of the mouthwashes on the market today contain alcohol.

Now alcohol is not a bad substance and it will temporarily kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. The problem is that alcohol also dries out your mouth. It is the nature of the chemical. When your mouth gets dry and produces less saliva, it leaves your teeth with no protection from plaque-causing bacteria.

The Role Saliva Plays

Right now, you are asking yourself, “So what if you have no saliva?"" The fact is that your mouth needs saliva to wash away the food debris that is left in your mouth and in between your teeth. When you have a reduced amount of saliva or no saliva, this process is interrupted and your teeth are left at risk.

Another ingredient that mouthwash and some toothpastes have, is sodium laurel sulphate. This ingredient causes the foaming that you experience when you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with mouthwash. It makes you think that the product is working. In fact, it doesn't mean that. This ingredient also dries out the mouth. And guess what? A dry mouth is one of the causes of bad breath because the food debris is sitting in your mouth and the bacteria is busy converting it to plaque.

How Do Non-Alcohol Mouthwashes Work?

Non-Alcohol mouthwashes use a different chemical to control bad breath. That chemical is cetylpyridinium chloride. Unlike alcohol and sodium laurel phosphate, cetylpyridinium chloride does not dry out your mouth. The biggest benefit of non-alcohol mouthwash is that it leaves your saliva in place to do its job. 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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