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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/
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Candice
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft PalateOne out of every 600 newborns is affected with a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate, making it the most common birth defect in America. A cleft is the separation of the tissue that makes up the lip not fully formed at the time of birth. It is thought to be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental issues, although no one knows for sure what the root cause is. Studies have shown that many factors go into the appearance of cleft lip and cleft palate including the race, sex, severity of clefts, closeness of family members with clefts, and the extent of affected family members. Many children born with clefts can require specialized hospital care from infant to adulthood. Read on to find out some of the problems associated with clefts and what kind of treatment is available for them.

Issues with a Cleft



Children with a cleft can find it difficult to feed because the ability to suck is diminished when the shape of the palate is not normal. They could also have problems speaking later, leading to a voice that sounds more nasally. It is also more likely they will have ear infections and problems with their teeth. But worst of all the clefts could lead to low self-esteem as they try to struggle with looking different from other children.

Treatment



Options vary depending on the severity of the cleft but generally, surgery begins with the first few months of life. It is recommended to repair a cleft palate within the first 18 months of a child's life. It can improve the child's ability to feed and to speak and can also be repaired to look natural with minimal amounts of scarring. With the right therapy, many children with clefts go on to lead ordinary healthy lives.

We want to help if you have a cleft palate. Please call our office today to schedule your consultation. We can discuss options to fix that cleft palate and get on your way to a happy and healthy life!
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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

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


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