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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
epidemic.

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:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Benefits of Using Baking Soda for Oral Health


Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Benefits of Using Baking Soda for Oral HealthSodium bicarbonate or baking soda is a highly reactive salt that is formed when the molecules of sodium, hydrogen, and carbonate are combined in the ratio of 1:1:3. Sodium bicarbonate exists as a white crystalline solid, but the baking soda that is commonly available at grocery stores and in our pantries is made into a powder form.

In the kitchen, baking soda is an essential ingredient for baking. It causes the dough to rise. However, its benefits for oral health and care are yet to be popularized.

The benefits of using baking soda for oral health are as follows:

Teeth Whitening


Baking soda along with some lemon juice is a popular home remedy for teeth whitening. Back soda is a natural and mild abrasive that can remove stains from the surface of the teeth. However, it must be noted that baking soda has the potential to erode enamel if used too often or for longer durations.

To whiten your teeth with baking soda, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice and make it into a fine paste. Gently brush your teeth with this paste and leave it on your teeth for 2 minutes. Thoroughly rinse your mouth afterward. Do not use this paste more than twice a week. Continue to do this for 3 months, and you will see a noticeable change in the color of your teeth.

Studies have shown that toothpaste that contains baking soda is more effective for whitening teeth as compared to the ones that do not contain sodium bicarbonate as an active ingredient.

Mouth Rise or Mouth Wash


Baking soda has anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. It can be used as a mouth wash or mouth rinse after brushing your teeth to ensure that all the germs and bacteria have been removed from your mouth, even from those areas where your brush was unable to reach.

Many people prefer to use baking soda as a natural mouthwash instead of using alcohol-based mouthwashes. Research has shown using baking soda as a mouth wash helps to keep bacteria at bay, freshens our breath, and prevents oral infections and diseases.

Moreover, the baking soda mouthwash neutralizes the pH level of our saliva, makes it more alkaline so that the enamel of our tooth does not corrode because of increased acid in our saliva.

To make the baking soda mouthwash, simply add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water and mix it well. Sip the mixture, rinse your mouth with it without swallowing, and repeat until your whole mouth feels clean and fresh.

Soothes Canker Sores


Canker sores are small painful blisters or ulcers that are caused by inflammation in our mouth or intestines. They mostly appear on the tongue, gums, and insides of our cheeks.

Some studies have shown that baking soda is helpful in relieving pain and discomfort that is caused by canker sores. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the pain.

You can make a banking soda rinse by mixing baking soda with water and rinsing your mouth with it at least thrice a day until the sores heal.

If you are facing a dental problem that requires immediate medical attention, then please call us at (928) 277-0076 to schedule an appointment.
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