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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

The Cardiac Oral Health Connection


Posted on 1/23/2023 by Candice
The Cardiac Oral Health ConnectionPeriodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a persistent inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth. Individuals who have periodontal disease may endure gum inflammation, bleeding, and discomfort. Additionally, they may notice that their gums are receding or peeling away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth. Untreated periodontal disease can progress to periodontitis over time causing inflammation not only of the gums but also of the jawbones. This may result in tooth loss, abscesses, and excruciating pain. Gum disease has been associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cardiac arrest in research. Patients who suffer from gum diseases are likely to suffer more from heart attacks, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases.

Researches on Heart Diseases and Oral Health


Researchers believe that the link between gum disease and heart disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth penetrating the gums and entering the bloodstream. Due to the formation of pockets in the gums around the teeth as a result of periodontal disease, more germs can accumulate and potentially penetrate the blood vessels. The dentist will examine if your teeth are exposed and will educate you on ways of maintaining oral hygiene

Endocarditis and Oral health


Acute infective endocarditis is a heart infection that comes as a result of an accumulation of bacteria in the circulation. The disorder is rare, but it has the potential to be life-threatening since it can harm not just the heart's lining, but also the valves and muscles of the heart. The risk of getting infective endocarditis increases in patients who already have cardiovascular problems. This is especially true when the gums are diseased or when the gums are in poor health and there is manipulation during a dental operation. Do not hesitate to call us and book an appointment if you have dental issues connected to the cardiovascular system.
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