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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/

What Difference Does Bristle Hardness Have?


Posted on 5/20/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Toothbrush Bristles Bradshaw Family Dental AZ 86314Not all toothbrushes are created equally. While it might seem like it shouldn't matter, there are some toothbrushes that are much better for your teeth and gums than others.

You've probably noticed some toothbrushes that say they have multiple lengths of bristles that are arranged in some unique pattern that makes that particular brush the best. Most of that is simply marketing.

The key to toothbrushes isn't in how the bristles are arranged or even in the lengths of the bristles. Instead, it's in how hard or soft those bristles are.

Why Hard Bristles Aren't the Best

Toothbrushes with hard bristles can irritate your gums and even remove some of the enamel from your teeth. The firmer the bristles are, the more likely it is that they will damage your teeth.

There is a little truth to the fact that harder bristles can remove a little more plaque, but in most cases, the damage they do is definitely not worth it. It's much more important to protect the enamel on your teeth and to make sure you're not hurting your gums.

Softer bristles certainly get the job done. They remove a good amount of plaque, especially if you're using good brushing techniques and brush several times a day.

When combined with flossing and mouthwash, you'll remove a very large amount of plaque and keep your mouth very healthy. Combine that with regular visits to our office for cleanings and checkups, and you'll be fine.

But I Like a Firm Toothbrush!

Some people have always used a toothbrush with hard bristles. If you're one of them, you might find that using a soft brush just doesn't feel right. If that's the case, please talk to us about it the next time you're in.

We can help you find a toothbrush that gets rid of plaque, doesn't hurt your teeth or gums, and feels right for you.
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