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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!

Four Essential Oils that May Help to Keep Your Mouth Healthy


Prescott Valley, AZ
Posted on 3/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Oil from a flask pouring onto a spoon at Bradshaw Family Dental. An essential oil is a concentrated liquid that contains aromatic compounds from plants. Essential oils have been used for health purposes for thousands of years, and some have even shown some success when it comes to keeping the mouth healthy.

If you are into using essential oils, these are a few that you should consider for improved oral health.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is an antiseptic that can be extremely beneficial when it comes to pain relief. Many dentists will recommend that you rub clove oil over the top of a tooth extraction site in order to prevent the development of dry socket.

Rubbing clove oil over a tooth that hurts can also relieve pain until you are able to get to the dentist to find out what exactly is going on. However, be careful that you don't ingest large quantities of this oil, as it could be toxic to the body.

Peppermint Oil

There is a reason that your toothpaste tastes minty - peppermint oil is a common ingredient that is added to most toothpastes. This essential oil is incredibly useful in caring for your teeth, as its antiseptic properties will fight harmful germs and bad breath. It can also make your toothpaste taste better so that you can enjoy brushing your teeth.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon as an oil isn't something that many people have heard of, but it is actually a powerful antibacterial solution. It can target the bacteria in your mouth that causes gum disease and tooth decay, so consider rinsing out your mouth with this solution.

Tea Tree Oil

Studies have shown that tea tree oil can be an effective way to fight bacteria in the mouth, and it also combats the accumulation of plaque, reducing tartar and the risk of tooth decay. Like clove oil, tea tree oil can be toxic if ingested in large quantities, so use this essential oil carefully.

Please contact us at (928) 277-0076 if you have any questions about how oils can affect your oral health!
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