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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/

Why the Dentin Inside Your Teeth is so Important


Posted on 1/20/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Dentin Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314We always hear about enamel, but we never hear about dentin and why it is so important for your teeth. What is dentin? Why is it so important for the protection of your teeth? Dentin is the living tissue underneath the enamel of your teeth.

It is what makes up most of your teeth and when it starts to wear away, this is when tooth sensitivity starts to happen. If you have ever wondered why some things are making your teeth hurt more when they never did before, it is most likely because the dentin under the enamel is starting to expose.

Facts About Dentin

Have you ever wondered why your teeth start to turn yellow? It is the exposure of the dentin. Dentin is yellow in color and once your teeth start to turn yellow, you know the dentin is exposed. The dentin is located under the enamel of the crown and under the cementum in the root.

The enamel is what makes your teeth white and the dentin that makes them turn yellow once it starts to expose. If you do not brush properly, floss regularly, or visit your dentist for checkups and regular cleanings, the dentin will start to expose and your teeth will turn yellow.

Dentin Repairs Itself

Dentin can repair itself because the cells it is made from, called odontoblasts, stay viable even after the teeth start coming up in your mouth. The good thing about dentin is that if it starts to wear away, another layer appears for your mouth.

Although this may seem like a good thing, try to care better for your teeth because although dentin can repair itself, your enamel cannot and once it starts to wear away, it is gone for good.

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



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