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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/

Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy


Posted on 12/10/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from pain after an oral cancer biopsy.
An oral cancer biopsy is necessary in order to give a proper diagnosis of oral cancer.

In order to perform the biopsy, tissue needs to be removed from the oral cavity. This is often a surgical procedure, and requires some recovery.

Bleeding


Some bleeding is to be expected. Blood mixed with saliva may continue for a couple of days, especially following eating or brushing. Rinsing your mouth with a salt water solution can help.

Activity
Strenuous activity can lead to pain, swelling and bleeding. For this reason, activities should be limited for the first few days, after which you resume light exercise. If you experience severe pain, stop your activity immediately.

Pain and Swelling


Swelling is also fairly common. This can be managed with ice packs on and off for twenty minutes. It should begin to subside around the third day after your procedure.

Pain can be expected after the anesthesia wears off, and usually spikes about four to six hours after. Most times, an over the counter pain reliever can help manage any pain you do feel. Be sure to avoid any medication that contains aspirin, as these can cause bleeding.

For more severe pain, your dentist may prescribe you a stronger medication. This should only be taken as directed.

Diet
You may find it difficult, or painful, to eat following the biopsy. For this reason, you may want to stick to soft foods for a while - soups, soft cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, yogurt, etc. It is important to eat nutrient rich foods and don't skip any meals. Proper nutrition is key to healing.

Hygiene


You should not do any brushing, flossing or rinsing of any kind for the first 24 hours. After that, you can go back to brushing and flossing, but be gentle around the surgical site. Salt water rinses should be used to kill bacteria and help reduce swelling. And if you are a smoker, you should abstain for at least the first two days. Smoking can slow the healing process and may even cause infection.

As long as you follow your dentist's instructions, you should heal without issue. But if you experience severe bleeding or pain that is unmanageable, even with prescription medication, contact our office right away.

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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

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172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200


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