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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/

Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?


Posted on 9/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?If you're concerned about a lump, lesion, or other sore in your mouth that you think may be oral cancer, you need to call and make an appointment with us right away. There are a number of different tests we can do to determine if it is oral cancer.

Do X-Rays Show Cancer?


In the case of oral cancer, no. Oral cancer affects the tissue of your mouth, including your lips, gums, cheeks, and the roof and floor of the mouth. X-Rays typically don't show any growths on this part of the mouth and instead only reveal the bones underneath the tissue.

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?


During your regular six-month checkups or any other visit, we will look over your mouth for any odd sores, lesions, or other lumps. In most cases, you've already noticed something odd and point it out. In other cases, if the lesions or lumps are pretty small, we might only see them by using our specialized equipment. Either way, if the spot appears to be of any type of concern, we will actually take a small about of the tissue via a biopsy. That sample is sent to the lab to determine if oral cancer is present.

That doesn't mean X-Rays are useless in this case. While they may not necessarily show oral cancer, they can be used to determine if that cancer has spread. That can be the case if it's not detected early. An orthopantomogram, a type of X-Ray that looks at the upper and lower jaw bone, is often done to see if cancer has developed around the bone.

Make an Appointment or Schedule a Checkup Today


Remember that the best way of treating oral cancer is by detecting it early. That's one of the reasons why your six-month checkups are so important. If you don't have one of these appointments scheduled, call today to set one up.
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