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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/

Is A Dead Tooth A Problem You Need to Worry About?


Posted on 2/20/2020 by Candice
Is A Dead Tooth A Problem You Need to Worry About?There are a lot of Americans walking around with dead teeth. It's not even unusual. Over 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth.

If you think that you may have a dead tooth in your mouth, you may not think it is that big of a deal. Your tooth may not be hurting. It may not feel infected. Why not just keep a dead tooth in place in your gums? There are several reasons a dead tooth can be a problem.

What Causes Dead Teeth?

Teeth can die for a variety of reasons. You may have inherited a weak tooth from one of your parents. The tooth will have very little blood flow, and without blood, your tooth will die. You may also have a dead tooth because of an accident or an injury.

The tooth may get “knocked” away from its blood supply, and it will slowly die. The main reason people's teeth die is because of tooth decay or gum disease. While neither of these diseases are dangerous if they are caught early, if they aren't, you can lose teeth because of infection.

Why Dead Teeth Are a Problem

It is unlikely that a dead tooth will hang out in your mouth forever. Eventually, the tooth will fall out on its own. However, before it does, a diseased tooth can spread infection to other teeth and gums. Over time, this could cause you to lose more teeth. Losing more teeth could cause damage to the shape of your jaw.

It can affect your bite and may even make it painful for you to chew. Luckily, we can help you decide what to do about that dead tooth. Why not give us a call today and let us make you an appointment. The sooner we can remove your dead tooth, the better your mouth will feel.
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