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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!

What Risk Factors Can Contribute to Increased Cavities

Posted on 6/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
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You've been told time and time again that brushing and flossing are the keys to preventing cavities. Sometimes, however, despite your best efforts, you might still wind up with them anyway.

This is because, even though you brush and floss on a regular basis, there are a few factors that can increase your risk for developing them.

Your Diet
The things you eat play a crucial role in the development of cavities, namely sugar and acid. Sugar doesn't inherently give you cavities, but it does provide food for the bacteria in your mouth. In turn, the bacteria produce acids which eat away at your enamel.

Speaking of acid, acidic foods (coffee, citrus) weaken your enamel, making it more susceptible to bacterial attack. You don't have to completely cut out sugar and acidic foods from your diet, but reducing the amount you eat can help. It is also advised to follow these foods or beverages with a glass of water.

Dry Mouth

Your mouth relies on saliva not only for digestion, but to help fight bacteria. If you suffer from dry mouth, your body is not producing sufficient saliva, making your mouth the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

There are several causes of dry mouth, including:

•  Medications.
•  Smoking.
•  Drinking.
•  Conditions that make you breathe through your mouth.


Diabetes doesn't just affect your blood sugar, it can also affect your oral health. If your blood sugar is too high, you will also have more sugar in your mouth overall, and you are unwittingly providing food for oral bacteria. Getting your blood sugar under control can help to reduce the sugar in your mouth and help to reduce your risk for cavities.

Lack of Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to strengthen your enamel and prevent it against acid attacks. Fluoride occurs naturally in many foods (in small amounts) and is often added to the water supply.

It can also be found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Your dentist can also apply treatments. A lack of sufficient fluoride can mean that your enamel is weaker, and therefore more susceptible to harm. But, at the same time, you need to be careful not to get too much.

Your age can play a role in your susceptibility to cavities. Older adults are often at an increased risk due to naturally receding gums (more surface area, including roots, exposed). Children are also at an increased risk. This is due to their oral hygiene habits and the fact that the minerals in their teeth are not yet stable.

Even with the best oral hygiene habits, you are not immune to cavities. Regular visits to your dentist will help to spot and stop cavities before they become serious. Also, be sure to discuss risk factors with your dentist so you can learn the best ways to prevent cavities from forming.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

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