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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 the Heat of a Vaping Pen Lead to Problems with Your Teeth?


Posted on 11/10/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Does the Heat of a Vaping Pen Lead to Problems with Your Teeth?More and more information about the effects of e-cigarettes and vaping is coming to light. Advertisements often portray the use of e-cigarettes as fun, safe devices, even though they are not. However, our dentist is regularly seeing evidence that vaping is more dangerous than previously thought.

Ingredients in Vaporizers

Vapes or vaporizers are devices that operate on batteries. There is a coil inside the device that heats up and gets incredibly hot. As liquids pass over those coils, the liquid becomes a vapor that the user will breathe in. One of the main ingredients in e-juice is vegetable glycerol. Its viscosity multiplies fourfold when it hits the heating element and is deposited on user's teeth.

The flavoring itself is acidic and it's just coated your teeth and any small pockets and crevices that a small molecule can reach. By using these vapes all day long, the effect is similar to sucking on a sugar packed sucker throughout the day. The verdict is still out if overall they are safer than cigarettes for your physical health, but the verdict is in for oral health.

Gum Disease and Vaping

There was a recent study that found there were definite, significant effects on the body, including oral health, when e-cigarettes were burned. The body then releases proteins that lead to inflammation, which has the potential to lead to many different ailments, especially those of the oral cavity and the lungs. While there are many studies that document how the body responds to nicotine, this was the first to show the negative effects of e-cigarettes on the body.

Our office hopes this information can shed some light on a growing trend that is gaining popularity with younger crowds, especially middle and high-school-aged children. Educate your children and call us if you have any further questions. We want to help protect your mouth from known, and some unknown issues.
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