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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS
epidemic.

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Is Your Tooth Going Numb?


Posted on 10/10/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Is Your Tooth Going Numb?Feeling numbness in your teeth could indicate a more severe condition, and you should not ignore this symptom. The teeth are made of the enamel, the visible and hardest layer of the tooth.

Right under the enamel, you have the dentin, and below that is the pulp, where the blood vessels and nerves are. When something hurts, the brain receives signals from that area in the body, and you feel pain. When a tooth goes numb, you could be ignoring more severe conditions.

Your teeth behave like any other bone in your body and can hurt for several reasons. The loss of feeling in your tooth could mean that tooth is no longer alive.

How to Prevent a Tooth from Dying

The best way to prevent a tooth from becoming numb and dying is with preventive care that we provide. In cases such as trauma, it could be inevitable to lose a tooth, but we will always do all we can with the technology we have available to save your tooth.

When you have a cavity, the enamel is weakened, and you are at higher risk for tooth decay. As the cavity grows, your enamel will become weaker, and the corrosion will eventually reach the inner part of the tooth. At some point, the decay will start destroying the nerves and blood vessels that support the tooth and allow it to get the minerals and nutrients it needs to survive.

While pain is not the first sign of a cavity, with time, and as the enamel wears off, the decay will produce sensitivity and pain when you eat certain foods. You should be very concerned when you no longer feel your tooth because this usually means it is dead. To prevent numbness in your tooth from happening, we urge you to come in for an examination. In many cases, the tooth can be saved.
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