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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!

Is Fluoride Bad For Your Teeth?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Is Fluoride Bad For Your Teeth?Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that protects us against dental cavities. It can strengthen the enamel, which is the outer covering of your tooth.

However,many people are worried about the potential harm it can cause. It is true that excessive consumption of fluoride may be detrimental to your health.

Sources of Fluoride

Generally, a fluoride concentration of 0.7 to 1.2 is known to be favorable for teeth. Here are some natural sources of fluoride:
•  Water
•  Air
•  Soil
•  Plants
•  Rocks

In some countries, fluoride is often included in public water supplies. Over-the-counter products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and other supplements also contain fluoride.

Pros of Fluoride Use

Dental cavities are caused by the growth of bacteria inside your mouth. They break down carbohydrates and erode the enamel, which is the outer covering of the tooth made of minerals. Here is how fluoride helps prevent cavities:

•  Reducing demineralization
•  Boosting mineralization
•  Preventing oral bacteria growth
•  Reversing signs of tooth decay

Cons of Fluoride

While fluoride has several benefits, its excess consumption can be detrimental to your health. Here are possible side effects that you should be aware of:

Dental Fluorosis

Fluorosis can change the appearance of your teeth. Mild dental fluorosis causes white spots on the teeth, while severe fluorosis results in brown stains and weakened teeth. This condition only occurs during teeth formation in childhood.

Skeletal Fluorosis

The accumulation of fluoride within the bone over several years leads to skeletal fluorosis. Initial symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, while advanced cases may be characterized by changes in the bone structure or calcification of ligaments.

Bone Fractures

Fluoride can decrease the strength of the bones and increase the risk of fractures. Studies prove that very low or very high level of fluoride increased the rate of fractures. Nevertheless, drinking 1 ppm of fluoride was associated with a decreased risk of fractures.

Impaired Brain Development

According to research, children living in places where there was a high ratio of fluoride in the water had lower IQ scored compared to children exposed to lower levels of fluoride. However, the difference in scores was rather small, of up to 7 IQ points.

Fluoride is safe and beneficial when consumed in recommended amounts. If you are have oral health issues, schedule an appointment with us at Bradshaw Family Dental by calling us at (928) 277-0076 today.

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