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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/

How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer


Posted on 12/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral CancerOne of our primary objectives in seeing our patients twice a year for regular cleanings is to screen for oral cancer. However, we see you as a partner in your health, and you should do self-exams for oral cancer regularly because in some instances the symptoms are not even apparent to the trained eye of our doctors.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer


These are some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer:

•  Persistent mouth sores or lesions that don't go away in two weeks.
•  A recurrent sore throat or hoarseness.
•  A lump in the neck.
•  Pain swallowing.

How to Do a Self-Exam for Oral Cancer


Oral cancer can appear in any area of the mouth. To prevent the disease from spreading and catching it early, you must do self-exams at home. Here's how to do it.

•  The Tongue - stick your tongue out as far as you can and look at the sides, top and under it for sores or white and red patches. The tongue is where most oral cancers begin on non-smokers.
•  The Tonsils - while you have your mouth open big, say ah and check your tonsils. Always look for red or white spots and anything that looks unusual by pressing down on the tongue as much as you can tolerate using good lighting.
•  The Lips and Cheeks - using your fingers feel the inside of your lips and cheeks. Look for unusual bumps, lumps, and white or red patches. Keep an eye on those for the next couple of weeks.
•  The Floor of the Mouth - again probe with your fingers looking for lumps and white or red patches.
•  The Palate - repeat the same procedure for the roof of the mouth and look for soft tissue. The palate should be hard.
•  The Neck - feel the entire neck and look for lumps and enlarged lymph nodes which could indicate a problem. You should be concerned if there is no pain to the touch.

We will also examine you thoroughly for oral cancer when you come in for your regular checkups and can show you how to do a self-exam properly if you are interested.

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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

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


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