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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 Diabetes Can Do to Your Mouth


Posted on 8/10/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
What Diabetes Can Do to Your MouthHaving diabetes is no fun. Between the strict dietary issues, increased medical costs, and the damage the disease can do to your body, it's a disease that nobody should have to deal with.

Many of our patients are aware of this terrible disease, but in our experience, not that many of them consider what diabetes can do to their mouths. Here are some things to think about, and hopefully provide motivation for you to take steps to minimize your chances of developing diabetes.

Decreased Circulation Means Higher Risk of Gum Disease

One of the things that diabetes does is decrease the circulation in the body. This is why diabetics must be very careful to ensure that the extremities are getting an adequate blood flow. This is also why, in severe cases of diabetes, it is possible to end up losing a foot (or other extremity) as a result of poor circulation.
In the mouth, the gum tissue relies on an adequate flow of blood.

This blood brings with it oxygen and the nutrients that your gums need to be healthy. If the flow is reduced, a frequent result is an increased risk of developing gum disease. This, in turn, can have consequences of its own up to and including the loss of teeth and even jaw bone material.

Another thing that some of our diabetic patients deal with is injuries that heal more slowly. If you cut your gum or accidentally bite your lip, the decreased blood flow can mean it takes longer to heal. As such, we tell our diabetic patients to be very careful in eating and cleaning so as to minimize the risk of injury.

Questions?
If you have questions about diabetes, or any oral health issue, please feel free to give us a call. We look forward to helping you!
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