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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:

Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For

Posted on 2/10/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Piercings Surprise Smiles AZ 85374-2451Piercings are something that many people like to get. They get them in and around their mouths. These piercings are some of the most common. When they are gotten though, the person has to remember that these areas are more prone to infection.

This means that the directions for aftercare and ensuring that the areas stay clean are increasingly important. They have to make sure that when they clean the areas, their hands are also washed.

Piercings and Infections

Piercings in and around the mouth can become infected quite easily. With many types of bacteria floating around, you will be surprised to know that these areas, when touched can become infected and cause pain, swelling, puss and much more to happen.

The person would then need to remove the piercing from the area, clean it well and let it heal. Sometimes when the infection gets so bad, these people have to lose a part of their body part that is pierced. This is not something that anyone wants.

Piercings can be done safely through a reputable piercing shop, the right cleaning before and after and the right common sense to ensure that they remain clean while they heal completely.

These areas might heal slowly since they are in or around the mouth. Keep this in mind. You will have to stick with the after care instructions for some time, but it is important to stick with them.

If you do find that you have an infection or you are wondering more about that piercing that you want, ask our dental professionals for more information about piercings and your dental and oral health.

They can give you more information so that you can make an informed choice on what to do. Not many people know the negative effects that come from having a mouth piercing.

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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
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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