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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!

Understanding Wisdom Teeth

An image of a woman holding her jaw in pain from her wisdom teeth. Learn more about how we can extract wisdom teeth at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZThe removal of your third molars, or wisdom teeth, is in most cases inevitable. In part, this is because the size of our jaws are not large enough to accommodate this last set of teeth. Without the room to emerge, your wisdom teeth can cause havoc, shifting your other teeth. Additionally, wisdom teeth have a high likelihood of problems with tooth decay because it is significantly more difficult to clean around them, and often debris is missed.

Only about 2% of people over the age of 65 have maintained their wisdom teeth without decay, or caries, and periodontal disease. Dr. Frausto, at Bradshaw Family Dental, can remove your wisdom teeth, helping you maintain a healthy mouth.

Wisdom teeth get their name because they are the last teeth to come in, in a patient's mouth. Most times, they are problematic and the removal of them is considered routine, though occasionally, they are just fine staying in place. Patients generally receive their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25.

When the teeth come in upright, fully emerging and with no infection, they can often be left alone with careful monitoring. This may be temporarily ok, but due to the high risk of decay, patients will still want to consider their removal. The longer you keep your wisdom teeth, they will develop a hook shape to their root, which may lead to a much more painful removal. It is best to have your wisdom teeth removed before the age of 25.

In most situations, your wisdom teeth are unable to break through the gums, which we refer to as impacted or are easily infected. We can remove your wisdom teeth in office or refer you to an Oral Surgeon if necessary.


We, along with the American Dental Association, recommend all of our young adult patients have their wisdom teeth evaluated once a year. By evaluating the progress and health of your wisdom teeth, we can note changes, check its continuing health, and decide on the next step. We want to have a plan if any problems are foreseen.

Impacted teeth can be observed early on through digital x-rays and we can then remove them in an effort to avoid unnecessary damage to neighboring teeth. Though, it should be noted, that even if wisdom teeth seem to be coming in with no problems, they are frequently found to be filled with decay due to their positioning, making them hard to keep clean. The removal of your wisdom teeth is often the best answer.


Our dentists will recommend that their patients have their wisdom tooth extracted early on in young adulthood in order to have them extracted before the roots have had time to completely form. If our patients can take a proactive approach to the removal of their wisdom teeth, it can prevent serious, more painful, problems from occurring to the roots or other teeth in your mouth. Once the roots are allowed to fully grow, and the tooth is impacted, you could suffer from larger problems including gum disease and even tumors as a result of the impacted tooth.

Your wisdom tooth extraction is done in office with the appropriate level of anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The first few days following the removal of your wisdom teeth can be uncomfortable, you will be given the proper medication suggestion based on your situation. Following the first few days, the recovery will be easy and the result will be a healthier mouth and no need to worry about the damage that wisdom teeth can cause.


If you have decided to keep your wisdom teeth, and Dr. Frausto agrees that this is a good plan of action, checkups will be essential. They will want to ensure that damage and decay are not occurring, causing you much larger problems.

Development of your wisdom teeth can cause larger problems beneath the gum line that could then lead to affecting your overall health. Your dental health has been shown to affect your overall health through multiple conditions. We will occasionally request x-rays to ensure that nothing is going on that cannot be seen with the naked eye.


In most cases, the removal of your wisdom teeth is inevitable, it will eventually need to happen. The only way to avoid the potential issues from wisdom teeth is to have them removed. The best way to know the status of your wisdom teeth is to see us at Bradshaw Family Dental for an evaluation.

Even if you do not feel any discomfort or pain, there could be underlying problems with your wisdom teeth that you do not realize. We do not want you to wait until you are in pain or because larger problems have been created. It is not worth the risk of waiting — give us a call today and see if your mouth is at risk for serious issues as a result of your wisdom teeth.

For more information on Wisdom Teeth, and the health of your teeth, contact David Frausto, DDS, at our Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 office. (928) 277-0076

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