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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/

How to Protect Your Dental Crowns from Damage


Posted on 7/20/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How to Protect Your Dental Crowns from DamageYour dental crowns are designed to protect your teeth, but what can you do to protect your crowns? If you want your new dental crowns to last as long as possible, you'll need to follow a few helpful steps.

Take Care of Your Teeth

If your teeth and the surrounding gums aren't healthy, your dental crowns could be affected. To combat any problems, you'll want to brush twice daily.

Floss your teeth regularly, especially in the area where the gums meet the teeth. An antibacterial mouthwash can also help to keep your mouth healthy by keeping bacteria levels under control.

Avoid Hard Foods

When your teeth have been capped with a crown, it is important to avoid especially hard foods that could cause damage. This includes chewing on hard candies or ice. By sticking to softer items, you won't subject your teeth to any unnecessary pressure.

Don't Use Your Teeth as Tools

To keep your teeth healthy, it is important that you treat them just as that - teeth! When you use your teeth as tools to open packages, trim your nails, or any other function, you'll put them under unnatural stress.

Your crowns are strong, but after continued use they may not be able to handle the pressure. Practice good oral habits and avoid using your teeth for any functions out of their scope.

Visit Your Dentist

When it comes to keeping your dental crowns safe and intact, you'll need your dentist's help. Make sure you follow up with your regular cleanings and exams. Your dentist can use this time to inspect your crowns. When detected early, you can correct a problem before it becomes a major issue.

We want your dental crowns to last for as long as possible. Call us today to set up your next appointment, and let us ensure your crowns are still in good shape.
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