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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/
Oral Piercing Infections
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Candice
Oral Piercing InfectionsWhen a patient first has an oral piercing, it is important to pay attention to the site and keep it clean to avoid possible infection. The introduction of bacteria can happen simply by eating or drinking or certain sexual activities.

Following a new piercing, there may be a time period where the site has redness or minor swelling. Throbbing, a warming sensation around the site or even discharge is also to be expected in some cases. Although this is considered normal. If these symptoms persist beyond the first two weeks you may have an infection and should seek advice from a trained professional to clear the infection. If this goes on untreated, it can turn into a serious blood infection known as sepsis. If there is excessive swelling, heightened sensitivity, severe pain, a fever or a yellowish discharge, these may be signs of an infection.

How to Decrease my Chances for Infection


There are several simple steps patients can take to greatly decrease their chances of contracting an infection. One of the easiest is to simply watch what they eat or drink while the piercing site is healing. Think about it. A piercing is a wound. Do not eat any foods that might get caught in the site. Avoid spicy foods and limit coffee and alcohol intake as they act as a blood thinner and can harm the cell structure surrounding the piercing site further slowing the healing process and complicating the site.

Patients should wash their hands several times a day and avoid touching their face or mouth. They should also avoid sharing food or drinks and kissing. Continue proper dental care by flossing and brushing regularly to keep bacteria from entering the piercing site.

Proper cleaning of the piercing site should happen two to three times a day and over-the-counter pain relievers and creams should be avoided. We are available to answer questions regarding oral piercings.




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Surprise, AZ 85374
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7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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