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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

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:

Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?

Posted on 7/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
Woman eats soft food after oral surgery.
It is important that you eat soft foods after oral surgery. This simple practice allows you to do less damage to your teeth and mouth in general while it is recovering. However, is there a time limit where this is a safe practice? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, this is important to do for the right amount of time, but no, there is no steadfast amount of time that everyone must follow. It is up to your oral surgeon and how quickly your mouth heals after the procedure is complete.

Dangers Associated with Eating Soft Foods for Too Long

Your teeth need you to put pressure on them from chewing to keep them healthy. This stimulates the gums to remain healthy, plus, it also stimulates your jaw bone to remain strong and healthy. Without that stimulation, your jaw bone can weaken, and you can begin to weaken and this could harm your teeth. Without strong enough bones holding your teeth in place, they are going to begin to wiggle and will eventually fall out. Simply by eating only a soft-diet for too long, you can cause long-term damage to your teeth.

Talk to your oral surgeon about how long is safe for you. They will be able to give you a rough idea based on the procedure that you are having done. Plus, they will also be monitoring your healing progress. They can adjust how long you should eat soft foods based on what they see in your mouth. Every individual is going to have different rules to follow, so make sure to follow yours. Don't risk the long-term health of your teeth by eating the wrong foods for too long after recovery. Make the switch to normal foods once you have the green light from your oral surgeon. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (602) 842-4864.

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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

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

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