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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/

Connection Between Sleep Deprivation and Cavities


Posted on 9/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
 Sleep Deprivation Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314
Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is very important to your long-term health and well-being. Aside from being tired and groggy, sleeping inadequately can result in very serious issues if the situation persists long enough. Long-term health consequences of inadequate sleep can be life-altering.

In addition to the above concerns, if you are not getting enough sleep, you should be aware that you are at greater risk of developing cavities and tooth decay.

This is because it affects your ability to properly clean your teeth, and even contributes to your mouth drying out-which leads to a greater likelihood of cavities.

Sleep and Oral Care

Watch any child struggling to learn how to properly brush his or her teeth and you will soon realize that to do it well requires a significant amount of hand-eye coordination. This simple activity that we often take for granted is actually a highly complex series of motions.

When you are not sleeping well, your coordination is dulled. You may not realize it, but you will have a difficult time properly brushing your teeth, leaving plaque to sit on them. Over time, the plaque will cause issues, including cavities.

Sleep and Yawning

Of course, when you don't sleep enough, you are prone to yawning more often. This is so obvious that it may seem silly to mention it. But here's the thing: all those yawns are actually kind of a big deal in terms of your oral health.

You may not realize it, but when you yawn, it contributes to drying out your mouth. Because an adequate level of saliva is important in fighting cavities, this dried out mouth can lead to elevated instances of tooth decay.

Getting a good night's sleep is important to your oral health. So, make sure that you set aside ample time to get your rest!

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

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