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Health Safety Protocols
Surprise, 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!

Acid Reflux and your Dental Health


Posted on 9/20/2015 by General Use

A elderly man suffering from acid reflux. Acid reflux is painful; there is no doubt about it. But did you also know that it could harm your oral health? Sometimes, in fact, we notice acid reflux before a patient even realizes they have it. This is because the acid that should be in your stomach, leaks back into the esophagus and eventually the mouth. This means that your teeth are at risk for being exposed to this acid.

Just like the acids in your foods, it eventually harms your enamel, which means your teeth are worn down, putting you at risk for a multitude of oral health symptoms including tooth decay, bruxism, and even difficult chewing. If we notice enamel erosion strictly on your molars, we will often begin to ask about any symptoms of acid reflux that you may have.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition that occurs when the sphincter of your esophagus does not completely close. This sphincter is responsible for sealing stomach acid into the stomach, but when it does not properly close, that acid can leak back into your chest and eventually your mouth. It can cause a variety of symptoms including pain in the chest, bloating, chronic cough, chronic sore or dry throat, and nausea.

What Causes Acid Reflux?

There are a variety of causes of acid reflux, and no two patients have the same cause. It may be difficult to pinpoint your cause, but here are a few of the most common reasons that it occurs:

•  Excessive weight
•  Late night eating
•  Eating right before going to bed
•  Eating meals that are too large
•  Large consumption of acidic or spicy foods
•  Large consumption of acidic drinks
•  Smoking

Each of these causes can increase your likelihood of obtaining acid reflux; they are also bad habits for your oral health as each of them can cause your enamel to weaken, putting you at risk for tooth decay or gum disease.

What can you Do?
If you have acid reflux, you should see your doctor to see how to get it under control. In addition, however, you need to keep up your regular dental appointments with us. If you let the acid continue to sit on your teeth, you put yourself at risk a variety of oral health issues. With regular checkups at our office, we can help you to minimize that damage and find appropriate ways to prevent it. In addition to coming in for your checkups, you can do the following:

•  Drink plenty of water - This will help to wash the acid away from your teeth, helping to protect your enamel. Water is a better choice to consume when you have acid reflux as it is, as most other drinks contain acid that make your reflux worse.
•  Make your meals lighter - Rather than consuming 3 large meals a day, try to cut it down to 5 smaller meals. Consider each meal a large snack, consuming fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins at each occurrence. This helps to keep the acids in your stomach at a minimum.
•  Manage your weight - Make sure to create a proper exercise routine and watch your caloric intake as the more overweight you are, the higher risk you have for acid reflux.
•  Do not eat before bed - Try to make your last meal or snack at least 3 hours before bedtime to give your body time to digest.

If you think you have acid reflux, call us today for an appointment so that we can evaluate the state of your mouth as a result of the illness.
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