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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/

Dangers of Not Getting Bruxism Treated



Posted on 4/10/2020 by Candice
Dangers of Not Getting Bruxism Treated If you have bruxism, you should get it treated immediately. This is a dental condition that cannot wait to receive care. That is because bruxism can do some real damage to the bones and teeth – damage that can result in enamel erosion, dental decay, and severe sensitivity.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that is related to misalignment of the jaw. It often accompanies the symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. Often, the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, which leads to wear of the teeth and erosion of the enamel. In fact, some people with the condition can wear down the teeth so they are no more than stubs. Therefore, if you do not have bruxism treated, you can experience severe erosion, recession, or decay.

How Is Bruxism Treated

Many patients who have bruxism are given a mouth guard at night to use. This goes a long way in reducing the severity of the problem. The night guard prevents the patient form grinding or clenching his or her teeth while they sleep. It also helps align the teeth, which supports better dental health. Therefore, the condition can improve significantly if a night guard is part of the treatment plant. Patients who have bruxism also are instructed on stress management, as anxiety triggers the clenching and grinding of teeth. Measures are taken to strengthen the teeth in one of various ways, include fluoride treatments or even implants. If you have a bruxism problem, you need to see us right away to have to problem treated and addressed. The sooner you take care of bruxism, the sooner you will experience a healthier mouth and fewer future dental problems. Call our office today to set up an appointment for an exam. If you are having a hard time eating or smiling because you clench or grind your teeth, you need to see us right away.
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