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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 Long is the Right Amount of Time to Wait After Eating to Brush?


Posted on 5/10/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Wait After Eating to Brush?Did you know that you should wait after eating before you brush your teeth? We recommend at least 30-60 minutes between eating and brushing, as this will give your mouth enough time to stabilize the pH balance. Otherwise, when your teeth are in a weakened state due to an increase in acid, brushing could actually cause damage to the enamel.

What is Acid Erosion?

Acid erosion is a type of tooth wear that is caused when acid softens the enamel. Acidic foods and beverages like tomato sauce, fruit, coffee, and orange juice will demineralize and soften the enamel, making it more susceptible to damage. Even brushing can cause damage if you brush when your teeth are in this weakened state.

What Causes Acid Erosion?

When the teeth are exposed to acids, the enamel temporarily softens and loses some mineral content. Fortunately, the body works to restore the normal pH of the mouth my neutralizing acidity. This allows the enamel to harden again, but because the recovery process is fairly slow, the enamel often doesn't have a chance to repair.

How Can You Manage Acid Erosion?

Fortunately, damage due to acid erosion isn't inevitable, and there are things that you can do to minimize it. The first is to wait for at least 30-60 minutes after you eat or drink in order to brush your teeth. This way, you won't aggravate your enamel while it is in its weakened state. You should also consider reducing the frequency in which you consume acidic foods and drinks and use a straw to divert liquids away from the teeth.

Additionally, you should avoid swishing acidic beverages around in your mouth. Are you worried about acid erosion and the affect it has had on your teeth? Give our office a call today for an evaluation.
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