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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!

Foods That Naturally Give You Fresher Breath


Posted on 11/20/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Foods That Naturally Give You Fresher BreathOne thing everybody hates is bad breath. Whether it's from morning breath, something you ate or a dental problem, it's all just as bad. However, all is not lost. There are ways which can be used to minimize or completely eradicate bad breath. One of the most effective is ensuring good dental hygiene.

That means taking good care of your mouth with some of the best practices in the field such as brushing and flossing. However, on a preventive note, you might want to consider the foods you ingest. Some foods are capable of giving us bad breath while others freshen the mouth, thus eliminating any foul smells. To this end, here are a few that will give you fresher breath:

Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Crispy veggies and fruits such as pears, apples, cucumbers, and celery are very good at eliminating bad breath. They are also crucial in helping the mouth produce saliva and also assist in eliminating odor-producing bacteria. Since these vegetables and fruits are quite crunchy, they also scrub your teeth thereby removing any food particles the bacteria can use for fuel.

Probiotic Yogurt

Yogurt is also another food that can provide you with the fresh breath you need. Probiotic yogurt is filled with good a bacterium that not only helps out your digestive system, but research has also shown that it lowers sulfite compound levels in the mouth. These compounds are the ones responsible for a lot of the bad breath in your mouth. However, ensure that its probiotic yogurt and it doesn't have added sugars since they are a big cause of bad breath and give bacteria in the mouth fuel.

Water

Perhaps the most overlooked solution for nasty breath is water. When you drink a good amount of water through the day, you keep the mouth moist and also rinse away any particles from your teeth thereby giving the bacteria in your mouth a lot less to work with.

Eating the right foods is crucial for maintaining good oral health. This way, you keep the mouth fresh while still enjoying the health benefits that come with these foods. If you have any questions about foods that can enhance your oral health, don't hesitate to reach out to us today!
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