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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!

Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Dentist Compares Your X-Rays Between Visits?


Posted on 5/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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X-rays are an important part of your oral health file at the dentist's office. They are a valuable piece of information that helps your dentist to detect damage under the gum line, and in other spaces that are not easily seen during your regular visit.

They can also be used to diagnose certain conditions or to help make treatment plans.

What are X-Rays Used For?

Dental X-rays can be used for a variety of reasons:

•  Checking for decay between teeth.
•  The condition of your jawbone.
•  Diagnosing abscesses, tumors or other issues.
•  Making treatment plans.

They are also used for the benefit of children's oral health, checking to make sure they have sufficient space for all of their teeth, checking for decay and making sure their teeth aren't impacted.

How Often Are You X-Rayed?


How often you receive X-rays depends upon your specific situation - your oral health history and your current condition. Generally, you have X-rays taken at your very first dental visit. Most people, so long as their mouths are healthy, won't have another X-ray for a couple of years. However, some people may have X-rays every 6 months.

Why Are X-Rays Compared?


If you have X-rays taken at each of your dental visits, you may be wondering why your dentist is taking the time to compare your new images to those from your last visit. The reason is simple. Your dentist is checking for changes.

If bone loss was noted in your previous X-ray, your dentist wants to make sure that it isn't getting worse. If you had a root canal, they are checking for any changes that may have occurred following the procedure.

If you have had implants, they are checking to see if the rods are fusing properly. Essentially, your dentist wants to check to make sure that no deterioration has occurred in your mouth since your last visit.

With a dental X-ray, your dentist can help you to have the best oral health possible. If you have any questions or concerns about X-rays, or what they show, don't be afraid to contact our office.

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