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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/

Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?


Posted on 4/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A lime green mouthguard.
Mouth guards are often associated with sports, as a way to protect your mouth and teeth in the event of a hit to the face.

But did you know that there is another type of mouth guard that can protect your mouth while you sleep? If you suffer from bruxism and jaw pain, a custom mouth guard may be in your future.

What is Bruxism?


Bruxism is a condition in which you clench and/or grind your teeth. These actions usually occur while you sleep, when you have no control over them. The muscles in your jaw contract, which causes unnecessary force to be exerted not just on your jaw, but also on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and your teeth.

Continued pressure can lead to significant pain in the jaw and the joint, which can make it difficult to open your mouth, chew and even speak. Along with jaw pain, you may also experience worn teeth and receding gums. Your teeth may even become loose and fall out.

Causes of Bruxism


One of the top causes of bruxism is stress, which causes your muscles to contract when stress get to you. Other causes of bruxism include:

•  Drinking.
•  Caffeine.
•  Smoking.
•  Certain medications as well as other, illegal, drugs.
•  Sleep apnea.
•  Misaligned teeth.

How Does a Custom Mouth Guard Help?


A custom mouth guard is a simple device that is designed to fit you specifically, being made from molds of your mouth. Usually made out of plastic, its main function is to provide cushioning between your upper and lower jaw, preventing your teeth from rubbing together and allowing your muscles to relax.

Can a Mouth Guard Fix Bruxism?


A custom mouth guard eases the tension in the muscles of your jaw, but it cannot put an end to the condition. There are other things you can do at home to help alleviate the condition:

•  Practice meditation or other stress relieving activities.
•  Limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
•  Quit smoking.
•  Seek treatment for dental issues.

If you suffer from bruxism, a custom mouth guard may be in your future. Contact our office to learn more.

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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

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

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


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