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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 Do You Care for a Burned Tongue


Posted on 9/10/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How Do You Care for a Burned TongueWe're all only too familiar with the dinner table that results in a burnt tongue.

Whether it's because we bit into food we didn't know was too hot or sipped on a cup of hot coffee or tea, this happens all too often. The next time it happens to you, there are a few things you should do.

Sip, Soothe, and Cool Your Tongue

Once you realize you've burnt your tongue you'll immediately want to grab a glass of cold water. As with any other type of burn, the cold water will quickly regulate the burn by bringing down the temperature. It will also help to hydrate your mouth so that saliva will start flowing again, keeping bacteria from causing any further harm.

Reach for Salt or Sugar

Salt is a natural antiseptic. It, along with sugar, also act as a natural pain reliever. Together, this combination can make your mouth feel better. Simply mix 1/8-teaspoon of salt with some water and swish it around your mouth or sprinkle some sugar over the top of your tongue. Reach for whichever of these two items you have available to make your tongue feel better.

These are much better options than taking an over the counter pain medication, which is your other option. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used until your tongue fully heals but they should be last resorts as they're not something you want to take a lot of.

Call us, Your Dentist

When you're still having problems with your burnt tongue, make sure you give our office a call. This is particularly important for you to do if you get a second degree burn that results in a blister – something that is rare, fortunately. Nevertheless, we're here for you so you can enjoy dinner again comfortably so give us a call when and if you think we can help.
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