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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


Image of a woman smiling, after having healthy teeth and following health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.
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!

Dental Exam
Prescott Valley


Dental chair and exam room at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZDental exams are important in maintaining good oral health.

You need to come in regularly for dental exams to ensure you have no underlying conditions that could cause damage in the future.

At Bradshaw Family Dental, we perform comprehensive dental exams that reveal every problem you might have.

We leverage the latest technology to get accurate results and make a diagnosis.

If you don’t know what dental exams include, our dental team has answered some of the common questions.

What is a Dental Exam?


A dental exam is a systematic process where our dentist investigates many aspects of your systemic and oral health to identify underlying conditions.


If you have any problems, Dr. David Frausto will develop a unique customized treatment that will address these problems.

This will ensure you have good oral health and no constant setbacks due to ailments. Remember that a dental exam takes only a few hours to complete.

What is Involved in a Dental Exam?


You might be wondering, what does a dental exam entail? As the name suggests, this is a comprehensive evaluation of your dental cavity to check for any oral health problems.

Our dental team will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and supporting structures. Even though this may seem like a simple procedure that doesn't involve much, a dental exam incorporates a wide range of technologies, techniques, and therapies.

•  Teeth Evaluation - Our dental experts will explore every surface and part of your teeth to discover cavities. If you have oral appliances like dental fillings, we will examine the quality of existing fillings and see if they need replacement.

We also check any dental crowns and ensure they are in good condition. This is crucial because dental fillings can break down over time and will need replacement. If fillings have become stained, you shouldn't try whitening them as they will be damaged.

Instead, replace them for a better look. The fact that silver amalgam fillings have a different color has made many of our patients opt for natural-looking composite fillings. This is why we must examine them during the dental exam.

•  Check for Any Deposits - Another thing we do in a dental exam is check for calculus deposits that could be harmful to your oral health. We will use a tool to get an accurate check.

Another way our team can check for underlying deposits is through digital x-rays. We will take a full-mouth digital x-ray to check for any abnormalities. X-rays are crucial because they help reveal defects not visible to the naked eye.

Such procedures are crucial in uncovering conditions that haven't started showing symptoms yet. For instance, an oral cancer screening will accurately diagnose your oral state. During this process, we also tell you if you have TMD or other conditions affecting your jaw.

•  Gum Assessment - A dental exam cannot end without thoroughly assessing your gums. Healthy gums are necessary, as anything other than that will be gum disease. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease can result in tooth loss if not treated in time.

Our team will thoroughly examine your gums to check for signs of ailments. If the gums are not in good condition, periodontal disease might be at play. It could also be due to bone loss or receding gums. In that case, we will perform a periodontal probing to measure the gum pockets. We will also measure the strength of the supporting bone structure and the circumference of each tooth.

If necessary, Dr. David Frausto will insert a calibrated probe between the teeth and gums to the depth of gum adherence. If the pockets are deeper than three millimeters, you might be suffering from periodontal disease. Gums should tighten after a dental cleaning; if they don't, we will schedule you for a root planing or scaling appointment. These procedures will help fix your condition and restore your oral health.

•  The Take-Home Bag - At the end of your dental exam, we will provide you with a take-home bag designed to help maintain good oral health while at home.

The contents of this bag are tailored to your specific oral health needs and will be crucial in ensuring you maintain good oral health. Some common items in a take-home bag include dental floss, a new toothbrush or interdental brush, and tongue cleaner.

Proper dental hygiene is crucial in helping you keep your teeth and gums clean. This habit will see you preserve your teeth for many years. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of dental problems that could result in tooth loss. It also helps keep your smile bright and ultimately saves you the money you could have spent on various dental restoration procedures.


Reasons to Schedule Dental Exams


There are several reasons you should schedule regular dental exams with us. Some of them include:
•  Check for Dental Cavities - Dental cavities can be very harmful if left untreated. You shouldn't allow them to develop before you come in for treatment. Instead, come in for regular dental checkups so that we can address them on time.

Remember that dental cavities can cause an abscess or eventual tooth loss if left untreated. We recommend that you come in at least twice yearly for dental exams.

•  Clean Teeth - Another reason you should schedule dental exams is that we will get your teeth thoroughly cleaned. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once per day. Adhering to these requirements is not enough if you don't undergo regular dental checkups.

A professional oral cleaning will help eliminate food particles and bacteria that brushing can't remove. We will also remove hardened tartar that you cannot remove by yourself. This will go a long way in restoring your smile.


Schedule Your Dental Exam Appointment Today


Dental exams are pivotal to your oral health. Our team at Bradshaw Family Dental will perform a thorough dental exam that will help uncover underlying conditions like gum disease and cavities.

Call (928) 277-0076 today to schedule your appointment.

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