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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!

Do Your Teeth Deserve a Deep Spring Cleaning?

Posted on 4/20/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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With spring right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your spring cleaning list. There's no doubt that you've already added cleaning behind the refrigerator, scrubbing out the ovens and going through those boxes in the basement or attic to that list.

You're ready to start cleaning your home from top to bottom, however, have you considered adding taking care of yourself to that list? Your mouth works hard for you, and it deserves a little extra care. So, this spring, don't forget to add your teeth to your spring cleaning to-do list.

Visit the Dentist

You know you're supposed to visit the dentist at least twice a year. When was the last time you went? If you know it's been a while, or you can't remember, schedule an appointment now. Your dentist will provide your teeth with a thorough cleaning and a comprehensive exam.

The cleaning will help to rid your teeth of unwanted plaque, tartar and bacteria, while the exam will allow your dentist to spot any issues, and help you to get the treatments you need to avoid facing serious consequences.

Invest in a New Toothbrush
It's recommended that you change out your toothbrush every three to four months, sooner if the bristles are frayed. If your toothbrush is older than four months (or you can't remember the last time you changed it), invest in a new one. You may even want to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush, which not only gets more strokes into your recommended two minutes, it also vibrates, helping to break up stubborn stuck on gunk.

Get in the Routine
Having an oral hygiene routine is important for reducing your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. The ADA recommends that you brush at least twice a day (once in the morning and again at night) for two minutes. You should also be flossing your teeth, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, at least once a day. Once you get in the routine, it will become habit.

Check Your Diet
Food plays an important role in oral health. Certain foods, such as those high in sugar, can be detrimental, while others can help to boost it. Make sure you take a look at the foods you eat. Crunchy fruits and vegetables (apples, carrots, celery) scrub your teeth while you eat them and stimulate saliva production. Dairy products are high in calcium, which aids maintaining strong teeth. A well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, protein and grains will provide you with the best results.

While your mind is on spring cleaning, don't forget the spring cleaning of your mouth. Contact our office for more information on how to optimize your oral health.


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