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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,

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Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?

Posted on 5/13/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Oral Biopsy Surprise Smiles AZ 85374-2451A lot of people are at risk for things like oral cancer, but do not even realize it. There are many things that can cause problems where an oral biopsy would be part of the diagnosis process.

If you notice lumps, bumps, skin differences, or lesions in your mouth, you are showing signs that something is wrong with your mouth. If after an examination, we see something that does not look quite right, we will sometimes request an oral biopsy to be done. That way, we know what is going on and can treat it appropriately.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

The people who are most likely going to need an oral biopsy are those who have the highest risk factors for oral cancer. Those who top this list include smokers and drinkers. Smoking, or any type of tobacco use, is quite dangerous to the mouth. It increases your chances of developing oral cancer exponentially.

Drinking dries out the mouth, which means your mouth is less protected from the benefits of your saliva. Your saliva is one of the best protectors of your mouth. By drying it out, you increase your chances of developing nearly every oral ailment there is. You also could have an increased risk of oral cancer if you spend extended periods of time in the sun, have the HPV virus, or have poor oral hygiene.

If you want to decrease the risk of oral cancer you currently have, the best thing to do is avoid these issues. Make sure you don't smoke, drink, or spend too much time in the sun. You can also make sure to keep your mouth incredibly clean at all times. For more information on oral biopsies or your risks for oral cancer, give us a call today!

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Surprise Smiles
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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