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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/

Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause


Posted on 8/23/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
Woman closed eyes Clutching Jaw in painTMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your head, located on the sides of your head just in front of the ears.

This joint is the most complex and used joint in the body, playing a vital role in allowing you to eat, speak, yawn and make facial expressions.

If you have been in an accident and are now experiencing jaw pain, the odds are that you are suffering from whiplash.

Whiplash and TMJ
Whiplash is most common in accidents that involve a rear-end collision. When a car is hit from behind it is common for the driver and passengers in the car to experience whiplash from their head being "whipped" backward. This sudden and forceful "whip" can cause the muscles in the lower jaw to suffer trauma.

As the whiplash occurs the jaw is forced back and places an excessive amount of pressure on the sides of the head where the jaw attaches to the skull. Basically what is happening is that the jaw and head are experiencing opposite forces. This added pressure and forceful motion can lead to TMJ pain.

Whiplash is the most common cause of injuries involving the TMJ in automobile accidents. However, it is also possible to suffer a TMJ that can lead to jaw pain as the result of your chin or head hitting the steering wheel or dashboard.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, it is always a good idea to seek medical treatment immediately. Regardless of whether or not you believe you have been injured. Injuries involving the temporomandibular joint can lead to serious complications that may require oral surgery to correct.

For this reason, it is imperative that you contact our office if you believe that you have sustained a TMJ injury during an accident. Read more about TMJ therapy
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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