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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/

What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A teenage girl suffering from a painful overbite.
Your smile says a lot about you. But when you have an oral imperfection, your confidence can be negatively impacted.

You may avoid smiling, which can give those around you the wrong impression. There are many dental imperfections that can have this effect, including an overbite.

What is an Overbite?


An overbite is a type of malocclusion, or bad bite. Normally, your upper teeth just overlap your lower ones. Having an overbite means that your top teeth are further out from your lower teeth than they should be. This can be a slight overlap (which is rather common) to a severe one.

Overbite Causes


Overbites are often the result of genetics. They can also be caused by certain habits, such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier as a child. Quite often, these habits lead to an overdeveloped upper jaw while the lower jaw is underdeveloped.

Effects of an Overbite


Overbites can have a significant impact on your oral health, leading to such problems as:

•  TMJ disorder.
•  Excessive wear on your teeth.
•  Tooth decay.
•  Trouble eating and speaking.
•  Sleep apnea.

Overbite Treatment Options


Mild overbites may not need correction. Should you want, there are a few different treatment options available for correcting an overbite. The right treatment method depends on if the overbite is dental or skeletal.

Orthodontic treatment is the most common treatment. Braces are used to correct the alignment of the teeth while bands, or other orthodontic appliances, help to guide the jaw back into the correct position.

More severe overbites, though, will most likely require oral surgery to effectively correct them. This procedure moves the lower jaw forward, to properly align with the upper jaw. An oral exam, complete with X-rays, is required to determine the severity of your overbite, and therefore the best course of action.

Correcting an overbite not only fixes the health issues associated with it, it can also do wonders to improve your confidence. You will no longer be shy about showing off your smile. Contact our office to discuss your overbite treatment options.

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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
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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