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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


Image of a woman smiling, after having healthy teeth and following health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.
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!

Space Maintainers
Prescott Valley, AZ


Model of Space Maintainer Orthodontics device in Prescott Valley, AZWhen a child loses a tooth prematurely due to decay or an accident sometimes we suggest that a space maintainer be used to ensure that their adult teeth have enough room to erupt properly.

Because of how frequently children lose teeth and how important proper dental development is in early life, space maintainers provide are a valuable tool within orthodontics. At Bradshaw Family Dental, we take great pride in our ability to detect and prevent serious dental issues from arising, because saving our patient’s time and money is paramount.

When is a space maintainer needed?


A dental space maintainer is a device that can either be permanent or removable and is critical to the development of a healthy mouth. People often dismiss baby teeth as unimportant because they are temporary but nothing could be further from the truth. Baby teeth are absolutely critical to the ongoing development of the mouth. They act as placeholder for adult teeth and help to ensure that the constantly changing and elongating muscles of the mouth and jaw are guided into the correct place during early childhood development. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely there is a good chance that a space maintainer can save treatment time and money.

Types of Space Maintainers


There are two basic types of dental space maintainers, removable and fixed. Removable space maintainers are usually like other orthodontic appliances and are made from acrylic. Occasionally a false tooth will be used as a space maintainer. Fixed space maintainers fit one of four categories: crown and loop, lingual, distal shoe, and unilateral. Each of the four categories of fixed space maintainers fills a specific role.

Unilateral and crown and loop space maintainers are placed on one side of the mouth to hold a space for a single tooth. The unilateral option is fit around a tooth and has a metal loop that sits in the gap of the missing tooth. The hoop helps to fill the gap. Crown and loop options are essentially the same thing, but instead of a metal loop holding the gap open a crown holds the space.

Lingual space maintainers are bilateral appliances that are usually directly connected to molars using wires on the inside of the front teeth. Lingual space maintainers are used to hold the space of several missing teeth.

Distal shoe space maintainers are the most complicated of the permanent space maintainer options because they are actually inserted into the gum line to prevent neighboring teeth from filling the gap. Distal shoe space maintainers need more monitoring by Dr. David Frausto in order to time the eruption of the adult tooth perfectly.

With the use of space maintainers we are often able to prevent poor alignment issues from occurring, often resulting foregoing things like braces in the future. Our family focused approach to children’s dentistry is the best in our community.

Once the Space Maintainer is Placed


It can take several weeks for a child to get used to the feeling of a space maintainer. It is important that good oral hygiene is maintained while the appliance is in place. We will send you home with detailed instructions on how to care for your child and keep their new appliance clean and functioning properly.

Give us a call today at (928) 277-0076 to schedule your appointment.


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