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Health Safety Protocols
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!

How Often Do You Need to Scrape Your Tongue?


Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How Often Do You Need to Scrape Your Tongue?To supplement your dental care routine, it helps to scrape your tongue. If you don't have a scraper handy, use your toothbrush and brush your tongue. The following information will give you further details about how scraping the tongue improves your oral health and how often it should be done.

When and How Frequently Should I Use a Tongue Scraper?


If you want to improve your dental health, scraping the tongue can help immensely. Scrape the tongue after you brush your teeth, once or twice daily, or in the morning or at night. Therefore, it is best to start with flossing, followed by brushing, then scraping. Don't just scrape the middle section of the tongue. Make sure you cover the whole tongue for the best results. Start in the back and move the scraper forward. Rinse your mouth out after you scrape your tongue. Also, rinse off the scraper with water and a mild soap before storing it.

What Other Tools Are Available for Cleaning the Tongue?


While relatively new, you can also use a tongue brush to clean the tongue of bacteria. This tool is designed to clean the small crevices in the tongue of bacteria and residue. Like a tongue scraper, you should start at the back of the tongue and move forward. Again, make sure you cover the entire area of the tongue, not just the middle. Dab a small amount of toothpaste on the tongue brush when you use it. Some toothbrushes are designed with a tongue brush. A toothbrush is featured on one side of the dental tool while a tongue brush appears on the other side.

Make sure you supplement flossing and toothbrushing with tongue scraping or tongue brushing. Doing so will lead to better dental checkups and overall better oral health. Give us a call to set up an appointment for a dental exam and consultation. We can answer any questions you may have about your dental care. Always feel free to contact us with any inquiries or concerns.
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