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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/

Ways of Overcoming Bruxism



Posted on 4/20/2020 by Candice
Ways of Overcoming Bruxism Bad habits are hard to overcome; there is a reason why they are habits after all. People do things with even realizing it a lot of the time, especially for things such as biting your nails, playing with your hair and fiddling with a pen. Today we will be talking about bruxism, the act of grinding your teeth.

Why People Grind and Clench Their Teeth

For many, grinding and clenching your teeth are a coping mechanism during stressful and uncomfortable situations. People can also end up doing this for the same reason one might bounce their leg; they do it as a fidgeting habit. In more severe circumstances, they feel like they have to do it due to muscle memory.

Consequences Of Bruxism

Putting a lot of abuse on your teeth like this will wear them down and cause damage. In more extreme cases, teeth can eventually crack if the structure of the tooth is weakened enough. This will lead to tooth sensitivity, making it hard to consume things that are hot, cold or even sweet. Other symptoms include jaw pain and loss of sleep.

How To Overcome Bruxism

First, identify why you grind/clench your teeth. Try to catch yourself in the act of doing it and think about why you do it. If it is a coping mechanism, consider training a more positive habit such as deep breaths or even fidgeting with a stress ball or fidget stick. You can also practice stress-relieving tactics; many people recommend yoga as a way to free their minds. If you are grinding your teeth at night, unknowingly, mouth guards are an excellent solution in helping to prevent damage. Mouthguards can be custom made for a fit that is more comfortable. This is especially good for more severe cases of Bruxism. You can also buy over-the-counter mouthguards at a pharmacy. However, they are not as good as the ones we can create for you. Call us today to find out more about how a mouthguard could help stop the effects of your bruxism.
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