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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/

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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