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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!

What Diabetes Can Do to Your Mouth


Posted on 8/10/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
What Diabetes Can Do to Your MouthHaving diabetes is no fun. Between the strict dietary issues, increased medical costs, and the damage the disease can do to your body, it's a disease that nobody should have to deal with.

Many of our patients are aware of this terrible disease, but in our experience, not that many of them consider what diabetes can do to their mouths. Here are some things to think about, and hopefully provide motivation for you to take steps to minimize your chances of developing diabetes.

Decreased Circulation Means Higher Risk of Gum Disease

One of the things that diabetes does is decrease the circulation in the body. This is why diabetics must be very careful to ensure that the extremities are getting an adequate blood flow. This is also why, in severe cases of diabetes, it is possible to end up losing a foot (or other extremity) as a result of poor circulation.
In the mouth, the gum tissue relies on an adequate flow of blood.

This blood brings with it oxygen and the nutrients that your gums need to be healthy. If the flow is reduced, a frequent result is an increased risk of developing gum disease. This, in turn, can have consequences of its own up to and including the loss of teeth and even jaw bone material.

Another thing that some of our diabetic patients deal with is injuries that heal more slowly. If you cut your gum or accidentally bite your lip, the decreased blood flow can mean it takes longer to heal. As such, we tell our diabetic patients to be very careful in eating and cleaning so as to minimize the risk of injury.

Questions?
If you have questions about diabetes, or any oral health issue, please feel free to give us a call. We look forward to helping you!
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