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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:

What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?

Posted on 7/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?The pictures of a child with a left palate are heartbreaking. No one would want to see their child or any child with this affliction. It does happen. A child with a cleft palate does not have to live with this for the rest of their life. There are any ways to repair the left palate.

Palate surgery can fix the problem, but there are many children that do not get the surgery. What happens to the children that do not repair the palate.

The Problem of having a Cleft Palate

A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that leads to the nose. It is something that occurs during pregnancy. For some reason the tissues of the face and mouth do not connect properly leaving the opening.

The cleft palate can affect all or some of the roof of the mouth. It can impact the speech and the ability of the child to eat properly. That can lead to problems both emotionally and physically. A child with a cleft palate may not get all the nutrition their body needs if they cannot eat well.

These are the most common problems associated with untreated cleft palate.

•  Dental issues that include misaligned teeth
•  Ear infections that result from improper drainage of the ears
•  Hearing and speech problems.
•  Problems when food or fluids enter the naval cavity through the opening

The physical problems are part of why it is important to seek treatment for a cleft palate. Children with this condition are aware of how they are different from others. They can isolate themselves and are self-conscious about it. They often struggle to interact with other children and suffer as a result.

Parents need to know that it is not their fault if they have a child with a cleft palate. It is something that happens in about 1 in 1000 births. The good news is that it is treatable It is possible to fix the cleft palate and live a normal life. That is what every parent wants for their child.

For more information about this or any other issue surrounding oral health, contact the professionals at our office.

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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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