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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/

Extra Steps to Take When Caring for a Senior's Teeth


Posted on 10/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
 Senior Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314
Acting as the caregiver for an elderly friend or family member means taking on a large number of new responsibilities. One such responsibility is helping to ensure that he or she receives adequate dental care.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when helping maintain the dental health of an elderly friend or family member.

Carefully Inspect Teeth for Signs of Wear or Damage

Depending on the condition of your elderly loved one, he or she may not be able to tell you when his or her tooth hurts, or when something feels off. As such, you should pay close attention to the state of his or her teeth, regularly inspecting them to see if there are any developing issues.

Some things to look for are excessive wear, cracks, and chips. In addition, if you notice that a tooth begins to wiggle in its socket, you should have him or her looked at right away. Please call our office, and let us know the situation, and we will clear an appointment for him or her as soon as we can.

Cleaning an Elderly Person's Teeth

You have brushed your own teeth all of your life, so you have become accustomed to the necessary motions in relation to your own set of teeth. However, as you will soon find out, brushing someone else's teeth is a skill that must be learned and practiced. You will employ a different set of motions, and so you must make sure that you practice in order to deliver the necessary care to your elderly friend or family member.

Finally, because you cannot feel the pressure in someone else's mouth, be sure that you take care when you are flossing the teeth of an elderly person. Doing so will help you avoid inadvertently injuring him or her.

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

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