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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/

Why You Should Always Avoid Dental Tourism


Posted on 3/10/2020 by Candice
Why You Should Always Avoid Dental TourismDental tourism is a recent phenomenon that refers to seeking low-cost dental care in foreign countries by those who are either uninsured or have insufficient dental coverage.

In addition, you can combine getting your dental care with a vacation package to countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand and Argentina.

Why Does Dental Care Cost Less in Other Countries?

Dental care in less developed countries costs less for many reasons. Both real estate and labor cost less in these regions, with dentists having a much lower cost of living. In addition, malpractice insurance is often less expensive compared to US dentists who have to pay a high price for mandatory malpractice insurance.

The Dangers of Dental Tourism

Although finding a price for dental care that you can afford within a vacation package to a tropical paradise might be hard to resist, there are potential risks you take when traveling to another country for dental care. First, dental standards in foreign countries may not meet the mandatory standards that US dentists must meet, including infection control standards. According to the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSA), dentists in some parts of the world may reuse needles or gloves.

In addition, foreign dentists may not speak English fluently, making it easier for their to be communication barriers that skew translation. This means that misunderstandings are likely and can be quite problematic when trying to converse about the important topic of your dental care.

Finally, continuity of care is a valid concern when traveling to another country for dental care. A foreign dentist may not know your full medical history, and aftercare isn't part of the deal unless you make the trip again.

We always strive to provide our patients with the best dental care possible at the lowest price possible. Don't avoid dental care due to lack of coverage. We will work with you to make excellent care at an affordable price a reality.
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