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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/

Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day


Posted on 7/10/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each DayAnger causes people to do many things. Some of these things can harm them. One of the most common reactions people have when they get angry is to clench their teeth.

People that grind their teeth are also clenching their teeth. Clenching the teeth is something people do without thinking. If they knew the dangers of clenching the teeth, they may think twice about doing it.

What Clenching Your Teeth Does


When you clench your teeth, you are putting pressure on the teeth. If you put too much pressure on a tooth, bad things will happen. Cracks, chips and broken teeth are common with people who grind their teeth or that clench their teeth often. The more a person does, the weaker the structure of the teeth gets, and the more likely damage will occur. Cracked, chipped or broken teeth can lead to more problems if left untreated. They can lead to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.

Another issue that can happen when people clench their teeth regularly, is TMJ. This condition affects the temporomandibular joint. It can cause a person to have pain in the jaw and surrounding areas and can make it difficult to open and close the mouth. Clenching of the teeth increases the pressure on the jaw and can lead to pain from TMJ.

What to Do
No one wants to deal with the problems that come with clenching the teeth daily. One of the biggest problems is that people do it without thinking. Breaking the habit is one way to prevent any of the problems, but that is often easier said than done.

There are mouthguards that people wear that can help. If a person clenches their teeth because they suffer from bruxism, these appliances can help. Our dental professionals can help you find a solution to the problem of clenching the teeth every day.

For more information about this or any other dental questions you have, contact our offices to speak to one of our dental professionals.

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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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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