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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!

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Prescott Valley, AZ


Man with jaw pain due to bruxism at Bradshaw Family Dental.Are you waking up in the morning with unexplained pain in your jaw and teeth? Do you have a mysterious headache in your temples and an earache that does not go away? If you have ongoing pain in your jaw, neck, ears, and temples, then there is a very good chance that you are suffering from a fairly common condition known as bruxism.

Bruxism means that you grind your teeth, whether during the daytime or at nighttime in your sleep. If you suspect that you have bruxism, please reach out to us here at Bradshaw Family Dental right away. We can help you quickly address and treat this problem before it gets worse.

What Is Bruxism and What Causes It?


Bruxism occurs when you grind or clench your teeth. Often, people with this condition are not even aware that they are suffering from it. Instead, they are noticing the symptoms of bruxism, but cannot pinpoint why they feel so lousy all the time. Complications that can arise from bruxism include an ongoing headache, earache, or jaw pain and cuts and abrasions inside your cheek. However, it can also lead to the erosion of your dental enamel, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss.

The causes of bruxism are not very well understood, but we suspect that it often has to do with stress. If you are going through a rough patch in life, whether it is personal, or you have some added stress at work, you may find yourself grinding your teeth. It is no coincidence that “Type A” personalities are more likely to be diagnosed with bruxism.

It is also fairly common in children, but it tends to go away as the patient grows older. People who drink or use tobacco products may be more likely to grind their teeth. Bruxism has a genetic component to it, so if anyone in your family suffers from it, you may be more likely to, also. Certain disorders like ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy have been linked to bruxism, too.

If we suspect that you have bruxism and diagnose you with it, we can help you treat it to give you relief from its symptoms. We may advise a nighttime mouthguard to help prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. A dental splint can also help. Medications like muscle relaxants and anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medicines can also be beneficial. Botox treatment has been promising for treating bruxism, too. Even mental therapy can help our patients who grind their teeth, as it can help them learn stress management skills.

Ways To Help


If you have bruxism, you can also try changing your lifestyle and diet. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol. Try listening to relaxing music at night to help you wind down before bedtime to increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Enlist your significant other to let you know if they hear you grinding your teeth at night, and if they report that you have been grinding your teeth at night, please let us know.

Regular dental appointments are very beneficial to help diagnose and treat the complications that can arise due to bruxism. If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, or learning more about bruxism, please give us here at Bradshaw Family Dental a call today at (928) 277-0076.


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