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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!

Drink Everything You Can Through a Straw This Summer


Posted on 7/13/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A young teenage girl drinking through a straw.Summer is here, which means the temperatures are climbing, inevitably causing you to desire some tasty summertime beverages. Be it soda, sweet tea or a fresh fruit beverage, chances are you're consuming a rather large amount of sugar, which can be detrimental to your teeth.

You don't have to avoid these backyard favorites though. Have you ever considered drinking your thirst quencher through a straw?

What Can Sugar Do?

With summer comes a whole wide selection of beverages. Soda and sweet tea are favorites for cookouts. With the variety of fruits coming into season, the options for fresh pressed juices are practically limitless. No matter what you choose to drink on a warm summer afternoon, chances are, you are taking in quite a lot of sugar. All of this sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth.

If you aren't careful, it can collect in your mouth and cause your teeth to decay. While you may have heard this about the added sugars in sodas and teas, even the natural sugars present in fresh fruit juices can be just as problematic. But just because your favorite drink poses this risk, that doesn't mean you should stay away. There are ways to keep it on the menu.

Drinking Through A Straw

When pouring a glass of your summer beverage of choice, try topping it off with a straw. By sipping through a straw, you are limiting the chances of large amounts of sugary liquid coming in contact with your teeth, instead sending it straight to your throat.

It does not completely eliminate that contact though. So, to ensure that you completely get rid of this sugar, be sure to drink water occasionally and always be sure to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine.

Summer means soda, sweet tea and lots of fresh fruit juice. It also means lots of sugar potentially causing some severe teeth issues. But by drinking through a straw, you reduce the chances that sugar comes in contact with your teeth, saving them from decay.

Please contact us if you have any questions about sugars effect on your oral health.
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