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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/

Dangers of Brushing for Too Much Time on a Regular Basis


Posted on 9/20/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
 Brushing Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314
Brushing too long now and again is not very likely to do much damage. However, if you do it regularly, it can begin to cause damage to your teeth. Something as simple as brushing too long each morning can begin to wear down your teeth than using them naturally.

It can increase the chances of you developing tooth decay, plus it can also increase the chances you will develop sensitive teeth. By knowing the proper way to brush, and the proper amount of time, you can avoid much, if not all of this damage.

Brushing Right Can Spare Your Teeth

The proper amount of time to brush your teeth each session is two full minutes. This is about the time it takes to sing the alphabet song twice, at normal speed, in your head. This allows your toothbrush to cover every surface of each of your teeth for enough time to actually remove the debris that has built up since the last time you brushed.

It can be difficult to divide the time out evenly between each of your teeth, but do your best. The last thing you want is to focus more on one or two areas of your mouth and neglect the rest. You should also make sure that you are using a clean and sanitary toothbrush each time you brush, and that you use soft bristles, unless told otherwise by your dentist.

Talk to your dentist when you go in to see them next. Ask them if they see any issues in your mouth that may come from brushing too long. Things like reduced dental enamel can come from brushing too much, which can increase how sensitive your teeth are. Talk to them about what they see, so you two can figure out if any treatment needs to occur.

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

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