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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 a Toothache is Showing You That Your Mouth Needs Help


Posted on 12/10/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How a Toothache is Showing You That Your Mouth Needs HelpA toothache is a common problem many people have, and they have many causes. A toothache can be a symptom of physical damage to a tooth or even wisdom teeth coming in. However, one of the most common reasons for a person to have a tooth ache is due to tooth decay.

Tooth decay can vary in severity, and the only way to know what needs to be done to repair the problem is to come in for help. In the meantime, we can give you an idea of what to expect when you come in with a toothache.

What Causes A Toothache

Toothaches are generally caused by an excess buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria likes to feed of the food left in your mouth after you eat, and in the process of them eating your scraps, they also eat away at your teeth. In the earliest stages of tooth decay, most people will experience a cavity. Luckily, cavities are easily fixable with a little bit of filling material. Fillings can be made of many different materials and can be matched to your preferences. Most people prefer a filling material that matches the color of their teeth so that it goes unnoticed.

More extreme cases of tooth decay may require different, more invasive procedures. A common procedure conducted on decayed teeth that have also become infected is a root canal. The purpose of a root canal is to clear infected tissue underneath the tooth, so it won't spread. After a root canal is performed, a person will generally need a crown to cover the tooth so it will be protected from further infection.

If you've noticed a toothache recently, please contact us. The longer you wait, the more time bacteria has to do damage to your teeth. While you're here, we can make sure you get the help you need.
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