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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/

Dental Health Reasons We Hope You Remove Your Oral Piercing


Posted on 12/7/2020 by Candice
Dental Health Reasons We Hope You Remove Your Oral PiercingOral piercing is one of the fashion trends among the youth today. This form of piercing refers to small holes in your cheek, lip, tongue, uvula, and frenum. Some oral piercings can be inside the mouth (intraoral) or perioral (outside the mouth). Whichever way you look at it, this type of piercing has adverse effects on your oral health.

Possible Risks and Complications


Even though it is one of the ways to express your preference in style and fashion, oral piercing has risks and complications. First, your mouth has plenty of bacteria that can cause infections and swelling once you make some piercings in or around it. In some cases, you may experience difficulties in breathing or speaking due to a swollen tongue. If you have heart disease, the same bacteria can cause severe damage to several valves in your heart. Tooth and gum damage can also result from oral piercings. This is because the jewel placed in those piercings irritate the tissue within your gums, or cause damage to the tooth enamel by forming cracks, scratches, chips, and tooth sensitivity. It can even get worse when you had previously done dental work such as fillings or crowns.

Our Suggestion


To protect and maintain your dental health, we suggest that you remove all oral piercings before they can cause more damage. If not, our advice is to take good care of it while avoiding or minimizing dental problems. You can start by looking for a jewelry style that's suitable for a particular location of your mouth. You can also gauge your choice of jewelry accordingly to keep you comfortable and safe from any other complications. Also, apply proper oral hygiene throughout in addition to coming for regular dental checkups. For more information on oral piercing, contact us to schedule your appointment.
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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.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
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