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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!

Which Medications Typically Contribute to Dental Problems?


Posted on 7/20/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Which Medications Typically Contribute to Dental Problems?Your medication aims to make you feel better, but unfortunately, some have unpleasant side effects. A few of these side effects may be related to your mouth and could lead to dental problems. These are some of the medication classes that serve as major culprits.

Antidepressants

Certain antidepressants have been associated with bone health issues. When your bone health is put in jeopardy, your risk of issues like gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay, implant failure, and oral yeast infections will increase.

Allergy Medications

Antihistamines can inhibit the production of saliva, which may lead to dry mouth. When your mouth doesn't have an adequate amount of saliva, it cannot adequately wash away bacteria. The result is bad breath and an increased risk of tooth decay.

Antacids

If you suffer from acid reflux, you need treatment in the form of antacids. Tooth-damaging acid can wear away at your enamel, but when you use chewable, liquid, or dissolvable antacids, you may further contribute to decay. An antacid that you swallow is a better option, as it won't get stuck in between your teeth.

Blood Pressure

There are many different types of blood pressure medications, and almost all of them list dry mouth as a potential side effect. These medications can also lead to gum swelling, so it can be harder to clean around the teeth and gum line.

Pain Killers

If you are being treated for a chronic pain condition with a prescription pain killer, you may be at an increased risk for gum disease. Even aspirin can lead to bleeding gums, which gives bacteria an entry point into the soft tissue. Opioids also cause dry mouth and can lead to tooth erosion.

We want to know about any medications that you are taking at your next dental appointment. Call us today to get on the schedule for your cleaning and checkup.
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