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Health Safety Protocols
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!

How Plaque Hurts Your Teeth


Posted on 6/20/2022 by Candice
How Plaque Hurts Your TeethThe term dental plaque is used to describe that layer of gunk that builds up on your teeth. Not only does it appear unsightly, but it can also cause serious damage to the gums and even cause damage to the teeth. Plaque is a biological film. This means that it consists of multiple types of bacteria living together in a complex colony. A gel-like film is secreted by the colony to protect itself and to circulate nutrients from one layer to another. As time passes, more layers can accumulate on this film. A layer is a perfect ecosystem for a particular type of bacteria, providing for every microbe's requirement. As an example, microbes living in the top layers likely need a certain amount of oxygen to remain alive. In contrast, those found in the deepest parts of the matrix, or under the gums, are likely to be anaerobic, meaning they will die if too much oxygen is present.

Do All Plaque Harm Your Teeth?


Most of the bacteria in your mouth live in the superficial first layers, the ones that are okay with oxygen. Some may appear even hours after you brush and floss. Fortunately, they are mostly harmless. Others may even help digest our food and protect us from worse creatures! If you let those microbes grow, anaerobic bacteria may move in as well. This is much worse than the early settlers. The digestion of these animals produces a lot of acids. This means they digest your food the same way you do, and then they excrete the waste. The waste can be harmful. People tend to decay their teeth because of acid. Calcium hydroxyapatite is the crystalline structure of your teeth. In acidic environments, some of this mineral's molecules break. Enamel goes soft when too many bonds are broken. Cavities form. The bacteria in oral plaque don't just cause cavities. They can also cause gum infections. Your immune system can respond to them even if they don't attack your gums directly.

What Can You Do?


I'm sure you've guessed our answer: good flossing and brushing, as well as frequent oral health checkups! You can assist to minimize the number of germs developing in your mouth and prevent many of the most harmful kinds from taking up residence by keeping up with regular cleanings and maintaining good home care.
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