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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!

Don't Believe These Misleading Dental Health Myths

Posted on 11/15/2015 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A sign that says, 'myths vs. reality'.There is a lot of incorrect information out there about dental health and your teeth. Unfortunately, believing some of this misleading information can cause you to make poor decisions regarding your oral hygiene.

By putting some of the most common myths to bed, you can be a better advocate for your dental health.

Myth: The Whiter Your Teeth Are, the Healthier They Will Be

While your teeth might be white, this doesn't mean that they aren't plagued by cavities or infection. White teeth don't necessarily equate to healthy teeth. As we age, our teeth will naturally become more discolored, but this doesn't always mean that they are unhealthy or breaking down.

Myth: Brushing Bleeding Gums Will Cause Further Injury

Brushing is good for the teeth and the gums. If your gums are bleeding, it likely means that you are experiencing gingivitis, an early form of gum disease caused by plaque buildup. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of this plaque is to brush and floss your teeth, and while the gums may bleed for a while, after the infection is cleared up and the gums get healthy again, this side effect will stop.

Myth: If You Are Experiencing Tooth Pain, You Should Put an Aspirin Next to the Affected Tooth

Aspirin works when it is in the blood stream, and taking a dose orally can certainly help with pain relief. However, placing the tablet next to the tooth structure won't allow the medicine to enter the blood stream, as it won't be able to penetrate through the enamel to reach the nerve.

Myth: You Should Avoid Dental Work While Pregnant

Some women are under the impression that dental work can be harmful during pregnancy, but in reality, it is important to have regular dental checkups during this time. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to gingivitis and other dental problems, and meeting with your dentist periodically can help to prevent these issues before they arise.

Myth: Now that I'm an Adult, I'm No Longer at Risk of Cavities

If you managed to make it through your childhood without a cavity, you should be proud of this accomplishment, but it doesn't mean that you can stop worrying about decay. There are a variety of things that can change now that you are an adult, and anything from the medication that you take to suffer from dry mouth can suddenly make you more prone to decay.

Myth: Everyone Needs to Have Dental Checkups Every Six Months

For most people, dental checkups every six months will be appropriate. However, some people will require more frequent exams if they are at risk for disease. Your dentist will determine how often you should schedule your appointments.

Myth: A Hard Toothbrush Will Be More Effective at Cleaning My Teeth

Choosing a hard toothbrush over a soft bristled option can be damaging to your teeth. It can result in the removal of enamel and possible abrasions. Soft toothbrushes can clean the teeth with less damage to the enamel when used properly.

Myth: Bad Breath is a Sign of Poor Oral Hygiene

If you have bad breath, it doesn't mean that you need to make drastic changes to your dental hygiene. In some cases, it certainly might, but if you have been brushing and flossing appropriately but still deal with a foul mouth odor, there are other factors that you might want to consider. Your dietary choices are a major culprit, and illness and certain medications can also give you bad breath. If you notice that your bad breath is chronic, you should set up an appointment with your dentist to help determine the cause and possible remedies.

Do you have more questions about your dental health? Call our office to set up an appointment.

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