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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 My Mouth Be the Reason Behind My Ear Pain
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Can My Mouth Be the Reason Behind My Ear PainThe human ear and mouth are intimate body parts. The bony structure that is just behind the ear is known as the mastoid. There are also blood vessels, lymph nodes, and nerves located superficially. If there is any problem in the mouth, the ear is nearby, making it prone to pain. Here are some of the reasons why your mouth can be the reason behind your ear pain.

Dental Issues


Dental issues can cause severe ear pain. Such include abscess and impacted teeth. An abscess occurs when you have infected materials in your mouth, most of which come from untreated tooth decay. Tooth impaction happens to children developing adult teeth and people who have not removed their wisdom teeth. The two affects the nerves and lymph nodes located behind the ear resulting in ear pain. Dental cavities can result in pain in your mouth and beyond when left untreated. The ear will be the most affected organ in such a case.

TMJ Disorders


The TMJ and the temporal bone are adjacent to one another; this also includes the inner ear. TMJ disorder causes inflammation and irritation, which is extremely painful when chewing, yawning, and talking. You will also feel a lot of pain in your inner ear, accompanied by headaches behind the ear. Others will end up with a TMJ because of teeth grinding; this causes ear and jaw pain both in adults and children.

Mastoiditis


Mastoiditis is a condition where the mastoid bone gets infected. The infection is common among children, but adults can also suffer from the same. Since it is behind the ear, the condition causes headaches behind the ear, hearing loss, fever, ear discharge, and tiredness. If you feel pain in your ear, it could be because of your mouth; therefore, call us for more information or schedule a checkup with our professionals.
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