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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/

Could a Lip Piercing Damage Your Front Teeth?


Posted on 7/12/2021 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Could a Lip Piercing Damage Your Front Teeth?As dental professionals, we feel it is our obligation to advise you on the possible damage that a lip piercing could do to your front teeth. While we support your choice to modify your body as you wish, we want you to be aware of the possible consequences in your mouth as a result of piercing your lip. We want you to make decisions that both accentuate your body as well as benefit your oral health.

Lip Piercings and Your Front Teeth


If you get your lip pierced, you are choosing to place a piece of foreign metal in your mouth. This metal can cause problems, especially in the first few weeks after the piercing is placed in your lip. Bacteria likes to congregate around lip piercings, and it is not uncommon for the piercing to become infected. The metal can irritate the gum tissue and affect your teeth, including your front teeth.

Your front teeth can be in danger if you choose to pierce your lip. It is not hard to chip or scratch your front teeth if you have a lip piercing. Additionally, you could crack your front teeth if you involuntarily bite down on your lip piercing. We see patients who have knocked out fillings, displaced crowns, and damaged their braces due to lip jewelry.

Lastly, having your lip pieced can change your oral habits. Perhaps your form a new habitat of running your lip jewelry against your front teeth. You might like the sound of it at first, but you may also unknowingly wear away the enamel of your front teeth.

Beware of Oral Jewelry


It is important to make an educated decision about getting a lip piercing. If you are considering one, give us a call, and we can help you make the best decision for you and your oral health.
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