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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!

Can My Mouth Be the Reason Behind My Ear Pain


Posted on 11/9/2020 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Can My Mouth Be the Reason Behind My Ear PainThe human ear and mouth are intimate body parts. The bony structure that is just behind the ear is known as the mastoid. There are also blood vessels, lymph nodes, and nerves located superficially. If there is any problem in the mouth, the ear is nearby, making it prone to pain. Here are some of the reasons why your mouth can be the reason behind your ear pain.

Dental Issues


Dental issues can cause severe ear pain. Such include abscess and impacted teeth. An abscess occurs when you have infected materials in your mouth, most of which come from untreated tooth decay. Tooth impaction happens to children developing adult teeth and people who have not removed their wisdom teeth. The two affects the nerves and lymph nodes located behind the ear resulting in ear pain. Dental cavities can result in pain in your mouth and beyond when left untreated. The ear will be the most affected organ in such a case.

TMJ Disorders


The TMJ and the temporal bone are adjacent to one another; this also includes the inner ear. TMJ disorder causes inflammation and irritation, which is extremely painful when chewing, yawning, and talking. You will also feel a lot of pain in your inner ear, accompanied by headaches behind the ear. Others will end up with a TMJ because of teeth grinding; this causes ear and jaw pain both in adults and children.

Mastoiditis


Mastoiditis is a condition where the mastoid bone gets infected. The infection is common among children, but adults can also suffer from the same. Since it is behind the ear, the condition causes headaches behind the ear, hearing loss, fever, ear discharge, and tiredness. If you feel pain in your ear, it could be because of your mouth; therefore, call us for more information or schedule a checkup with our professionals.
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