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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/

Does Chewing Tobacco Harm Your Mouth as Much as Smoking?


Posted on 10/20/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Does Chewing Tobacco Harm Your Mouth as Much as Smoking?One of the most effective products in the world that causes cavities is tobacco. Whether you use smoking tobacco or smokeless tobacco, it's been linked to cavities and gum disease in many studies. Each form of tobacco has negative effects on the oral cavity. Many people question which is worse for your oral care, smoking or smokeless tobacco?

Effects of smokeless tobacco

If you are concerned about cancer, smoking puts you at risk 10x higher than chewing. This is due to the lungs being much more sensitive than teeth. That being said, chewing tobacco increases your risk of cavities and gum disease four times more than smoking.

The cavities are usually at the gum line, also causing gum disease. Using smokeless tobacco produces a specific change in the area of the mouth where it's normally held. It will appear more whitish and wrinkled than your normal healthy tissue. Studies show if someone stops using tobacco, the appearance of the tissue in the mouth will return to normal in two to six weeks.

Effects of smoking tobacco

With tobacco chew causing higher rates of cavities, don't get too excited yet, if you are a smoker, multiple studies show smokers are 4x more at risk for cavities and gum disease than non-smokers. Smoking dehydrates the mouth, leaving teeth covered with a film shown to aid in plaque growth. As soon as someone decides to quit smoking, the risk of oral cancer begins to decrease. In studies, it is generally acknowledged that it takes around fifteen years after you quit smoking for the risk of a prior smoker to approach that of someone that has never smoked.

The bottom line with tobacco is chewing it will affect your teeth and gums quicker than smoking. Smoking puts you 10x higher of developing cancer. They both cause cavities and put you at a higher risk for gum disease. Quitting now has infinite benefits. If you are interested in a checkup or for further information about tobacco and its effect on your oral health, give us a call today.
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