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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:

Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem

Posted on 1/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw ProblemRinging in the ears comes in many forms. For some it can like a whistle or clicking in the ears. Some people hear a hissing or roaring noise. For some people, the ringing is a minor annoyance that does not happen all the time.

For other people, it disrupts many of the things they do. What many people do not know is that even though they hear the noise in their ears, the problem may stem from something happening in their Jaw.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint is the spot where the lower jaw connects to the skull. It is the joint that allows the mouth to open and close. Some people have problems with this joint. It will not work properly for them and that can lead to a variety of problems, including pain, swelling and the jaw getting stuck in place. It can also lead to the ringing in the ears.

Connecting TMJ and the Ringing

Many people fail to understand how a problem with the jaw can impact the ringing sound they hear. When they learn about TMJ they find out that it often causes a clicking sound. That clicking sound is obvious and is often heard by others. No one else is able to hear the ringing sound, making it harder for people to connect it to TMJ.

The joints that connect the jaw to the skull are found near the ear on either side of the skull. It is the proximity to the ear that can allow the joints to affect the ear. They can cause the vibrations that turn into ringing in the ear.

Ringing in the ear is a symptom of TMJ but it is not the most common one. Most people will show other symptoms such as pain and swelling that goes along with the ringing. Either way, it is possible to manage the TMJ and do something about the ringing. The key is letting us know that there is a ringing in the ear.

Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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