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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!

Connection Between Sleep Deprivation and Cavities
Prescott Valley, AZ


Posted on 9/10/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Person experiencing sleep deprivation at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZ.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is very important to your long-term health and well-being.

Aside from being tired and groggy, sleeping inadequately can result in very serious issues if the situation persists long enough. Long-term health consequences of inadequate sleep can be life-altering.

In addition to the above concerns, if you are not getting enough sleep, you should be aware that you are at greater risk of developing cavities and tooth decay.

This is because it affects your ability to properly clean your teeth, and even contributes to your mouth drying out-which leads to a greater likelihood of cavities.

Sleep and Oral Care

Watch any child struggling to learn how to properly brush his or her teeth and you will soon realize that to do it well requires a significant amount of hand-eye coordination. This simple activity that we often take for granted is actually a highly complex series of motions.

When you are not sleeping well, your coordination is dulled. You may not realize it, but you will have a difficult time properly brushing your teeth, leaving plaque to sit on them. Over time, the plaque will cause issues, including cavities.

Sleep and Yawning

Of course, when you don't sleep enough, you are prone to yawning more often. This is so obvious that it may seem silly to mention it. But here's the thing: all those yawns are actually kind of a big deal in terms of your oral health.

You may not realize it, but when you yawn, it contributes to drying out your mouth. Because an adequate level of saliva is important in fighting cavities, this dried out mouth can lead to elevated instances of tooth decay.

Getting a good night's sleep is important to your oral health. So, make sure that you set aside ample time to get your rest!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (928) 277-0076 today.

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