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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 Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel


Posted on 2/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
How Bruxism Wears Down Your EnamelBruxism or teeth grinding is a serious problem that you should not ignore. It can cause a variety of different problems. Even if your troubles with bruxism are minor, it can still damage your oral health.

One way it does this is by wearing down your enamel. You may wonder how it does this and what does it mean.

What is Enamel?


Most people have heard of enamel, but they do not know what it is and what it does. Enamel is a thin outer coating over the crown of the tooth. It is the hardest tissue found in the human body. It protects the tooth from bacteria and other dangers.

The enamel can protect the softer dentin of the teeth from cracking or breaking when chewing or doing something else. It also protects the teeth from temperature and chemicals that the teeth come in contact with.

Enamel does not contain any living tissue. That means when it is gone, it is gone forever. That is why it is important to avoid things that can wear down the enamel. One of the things that does this is bruxism.

How It Does This
There are two ways that bruxism can affect and erode the enamel of the teeth. The first way it does this is by rubbing the surfaces of the teeth together. When you grind your teeth, you are rubbing the surfaces together and this can remove the enamel. It can start with losing the enamel on the top of the teeth. The longer you grind your teeth, the more the teeth will erode and eventually you will erode all the enamel on the teeth.

The second way is if you chip, fracture or break a tooth because of the bruxism. The enamel lost when a tooth breaks is irreplaceable. It also opens up other parts of the tooth and enamel for erosion from other sources.

For more information about this and any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule your next appointment.


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Prescott, AZ 86301
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