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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/

When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?


Posted on 10/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?Everybody loves a perfect smile. That is why cracked teeth can be a nightmare when you imagine opening your mouth to speak or smile at someone. They can also be a menace to your tongue when sweeping inside your mouth subconsciously. The fact that a tooth is broken leaves it more prone to erosion, wearing out and probable infection.

What Causes Tooth Cracking?


There's a number of reasons why someone's tooth can crack. The most common is accidents. Kids playing outside can fall and crack their teeth as well as adults going full speed on a motorbike. One can also crack their teeth from biting hard on metals and other strong materials.

Grinding your teeth too much can bring about the same effects. You should probably refrain from successively introducing hot and cold foods to your mouth. This abrupt change in the mouth's temperature can be detrimental and cause teeth to crack. People above 50 years experience the highest number of tooth cracks due to wearing out of their natural teeth.

How Can I Save The Situation After A Crack?


A dentist is best suited to advise on how to fix a crack. If it is not a huge crack, then they will probably recommend filling it up. Fillings give your tooth a whole new look and conceal the cracks. For the slightly bigger cracks, a crown or cap fits perfectly in trying to cover the damaged part. However, sometimes after assessing the crack, it could appear that it has stretched to the pulp. This means that a more invasive procedure such as surgical extraction has to be employed to help secure you from gum infection.

Remember, the first thing to do is always call a dentist. They will know what to do during your appointment. That's our service to you. Pay us a visit and explore all options present to help fix your tooth crack.
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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

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


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