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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Can I Put Aspirin on My Gums if My Tooth Hurts?


Posted on 9/7/2020 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Can I Put Aspirin on My Gums if My Tooth Hurts?Aspirin is a fantastic, widely-used pain reliever, and it is often recommended to be used in presence of a toothache. However, just as any other medication available, it definitely should not be taken carelessly. Only if we understand how it works, and its potential damaging effects on our teeth, can we be able to use it responsibly and to our advantage.

How Aspirin Can Hurt You


There is a common belief, which suggests that applying an aspirin tablet and letting it dissolve directly onto your gums is the fastest way to alleviate an uncomfortable toothache. While it could reduce the pain of the tooth at some degree, there is a huge chance of it actually creating a bigger problem. The issue arises because aspirin is an acid (being its official name, “acetylsalicylic acid”).

This means that it is capable of damaging the soft tissue inside your mouth. If the dissolved medication stays in your gums for long enough, it will result in what is known as a chemical burn. Burned gums will not only hurt more than the problematic tooth itself, but they can also take up to a week to fully heal. In certain cases, even your tongue or neighboring structures (such as your cheeks or tongue) could be affected.

How to Safely Use Aspirin


The correct method of using aspirin is by swallowing the tablet with a reasonable amount of water. This way, your body will then be able to absorb and introduce it to your bloodstream, so it can eventually reach your tooth and relieve the pain. Although we understand that a toothache can be unbearable, applying it to your gums for immediate results is far from the solution.

Fortunately, after ingesting the medicine, it should not take long before you feel the effects. However, you should know that this will just be a temporary cure. If you are experiencing a toothache right now, please contact our office so we can give you proper dental care and help stop this problem for you.
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