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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/
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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