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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

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:

Asthma Medications Can Damage Your Teeth

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Asthma Medications Can Damage Your TeethAsthma is an inflammatory health condition that restricts the lungs' airways. It occurs when the air pipe is swollen, narrow, and produces mucus, causing difficulty breathing. Asthma may be mild or moderate, but you can lead a normal, active life with the right medication. Unfortunately, asthma treatments such as medication and the use of the inhaler have negative impacts on your oral health. Experts have noticed that these treatments can damage your teeth.

How Does Asthma Affect Your Oral Health

Asthmatic patients experience difficulty in breathing through their nose; this may leave them with no option but to breathe via the mouth. Often breathing through the mouth leaves it dry due to moisture absorption in the mouth when you inhale and exhale. The reduction of saliva in your mouth means that some food substances remain between the teeth and the tongue. When you leave these particles, they create a breeding ground for plaque and cavities.
Consequently, food particle accumulation causes teeth disorders and infections such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum diseases. The frequent use of the inhaler also poses risks to your oral health, such as sores and lesions. Similarly, some asthma medications also lower the immunity and prevent saliva secretion, leaving your gums vulnerable to periodontal infections.

How To Safeguard Your Teeth From Asthma Medications Effect

To prevent dry mouth due to asthma, you need to drink a lot of water to prevent oral infections and disorders. Practicing oral hygiene is a necessary regimen to help lower the chances of contracting oral infections. You can also adopt Medications that help improve your saliva flow. Besides, using a medically certified inhaler may help conserve your saliva. Lastly, you need to avoid asthma medication that is sugarcoated since they increase bacteria's growth in your mouth. Contact our professional dentists to assist you adequately on matters of asthma Medications and your oral health.

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