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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:
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Candice
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
If you have ever run your tongue around the inside of your mouth, then you have probably noticed that it is usually smooth and wet. This is how it normally feels. Some people, though, may have a rough patch of skin or one that feels scaly or sometimes dry. When this is an issue you notice, it is important to speak with our office so that we can assess the situation and find out what the cause of this is. Here are some of the top causes of these rough patches of skin inside your mouth.

Top Causes of Rough Patches Inside Your Mouth

Most of the time when this is noticed inside the mouth, it is due to something called keratosis or leukoplakia. This is when the cells in the mouth overgrow to provide protection in that part of the mouth. A broken tooth, denture, or tobacco use can all cause this issue to happen. It usually develops slowly. It can take months for a patch like this to grow.
Sometimes, if there is a lump or other abnormality that accompanies this rough patch of skin, it can be a sign of oral cancer. When this is the case, we assess the situation and come up with the best possible treatment plan based on the many factors that go along with the situation.
This is why it is important to speak with our office as soon as you notice any sort of abnormality inside your mouth. We can take a look and see what needs to be done to clear up the area. We want to make sure you have the best possible care and that you know what is happening inside your mouth. Our professionals have seen multiple oral issues in the past and are easily able to find out what is happening in your particular case.

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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

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

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