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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/

Making Flossing Less Uncomfortable Comes with Technique


Posted on 8/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
 Floss Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314
When you first learn to floss, it is often an uncomfortable experience. It can border on painful if you do it wrong. The best thing you can do in this instance is to keep trying until you get the right technique down pat.

Try using different types of floss until you find one that works with the way you floss and isn't as uncomfortable. From there, you should try different techniques after talking to your dentist about the best flossing methods available.

The Right Way to Floss

Ideally, you want around two feet of floss, 95% of it wrapped around one index finger, the other 5% on the opposing hand's index finger.

This way, as you get one gap between your teeth done, you move a small bit from the hand that started with more out, and wrap the part that was just used on the hand that started with less. This allows you to use a clean bit of floss with each gap, minimizing how many bacteria are spread around your mouth.

You want to slide the floss up between a gap, and slide it down against one side of the gap, effectively scraping the gunk off of that single tooth in that gap. Then, you get a new section of floss, and repeat on the other tooth of that gap.

Again, you get a new section of floss and you move on to the next gap. This should be repeated until each gap in your mouth has been cleaned out and scraped. From there, you rinse with mouthwash to get anything not stuck to the floss, and go on with your day.

If this technique doesn't work, ask your dentist for help again. The more you talk to him or her about the problem, the more they can suggest for you to try until you find the right fit.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (928) 277-0076 today.

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