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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/

Some Gaps Between the Teeth Can Lead to Pain and Problems


Posted on 11/8/2021 by Candice
Some Gaps Between the Teeth Can Lead to Pain and ProblemsHaving gaps in between your teeth could not only affect your smile but also your oral health. There are many causes of gaps between teeth. Regardless of the cause, it is important to understand the risk posed by this condition. Some of the oral conditions you are likely to develop due to these gaps include gum disease, misaligned bites, and bad breath.

Gum Disease


Gaps between teeth could lead to pain and discomfort through gum disease. When you have several gaps between your teeth, the risk of developing gum disease is high. This is because food particles get stuck in these gaps and trigger the growth of harmful bacteria. As a result, they will cause decay around your gums. If the condition isn't put under control through brushing and flossing, it will develop into full-blown gum disease. This condition will weaken both your gums and teeth and leave them susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and periodontitis.

Misaligned Bite


Apart from causing pain through gum disease, gaps in your teeth could also lead to a misaligned bite. This happens when gaps cause the remaining teeth to shift regularly and move out of place. This can also lead to pain. You will feel the pain in your ear, forehead, or jaw. The act of chewing food could also become very painful due to sensitive teeth.

Bad Breath


Gaps in your teeth are a major cause of bad breath. This is due to the fact that bacteria accumulate in the gaps and multiply. As a result, you will develop oral infections and chronic bad breath. In some cases, it could also cause staining of teeth. This will end up affecting your oral health significantly. Therefore, it is important to have gaps in between your teeth fixed by oral appliances like dental implants. Call us for more information on the risks posed by gaps between your teeth.
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