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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!

Gum Contouring


Woman with beaitiful smile thanks to gum contouringYour smile is an important feature. It is often the first thing that others notice about you. When most people think of what makes a perfect smile, the focus tends to be on the teeth. While the appearance of your teeth is important, your gums also play a crucial role. A gum line that is too high, too low, or uneven can significantly impact the quality of your smile, no matter how perfect your teeth are. Bradshaw Family Dental can improve the appearance of your gum line, and the quality of your smile, with gum contouring.

Causes of an Uneven Gum Line


Even if your teeth are otherwise perfect, a gum line that is too high, too low, or just uneven in general, can significantly decrease the quality of your smile. A high gum line is often due to gum recession. This causes your teeth to appear long. Gum recession can be caused by many different issues, including gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, and bruxism. In addition to affecting the quality of your smile, gum recession can also increase your risk for tooth decay and cavities as well as tooth sensitivity.

A low gum line, on the other hand, is caused by excess gum tissue. When your gum line is too low, your teeth appear small, almost like baby teeth. Excess gum tissue can be caused by a few different things, including genetics and certain types of medications. When you have excess gum tissue, your risk for developing gum disease is higher, and certain types of dental procedures may be more difficult.

What is Gum Contouring?


Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of your gum line and enhance the quality of your smile. With this procedure, we can reshape your gum line to help it look more natural. While gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, it also helps to improve your oral health as well.

In the past, gum contouring was performed using a scalpel. Today, however, we perform this procedure using a dental laser. The laser uses a thin, concentrated light beam to help you achieve an improved smile. The laser provides us with pinpoint accuracy, allowing us to target only the necessary tissue. It causes much less tissue trauma as well as much less bleeding. Because of reduced tissue trauma, pain and swelling after your procedure are greatly reduced. The laser also helps to stimulate the growth of new tissue where necessary.

Gum contouring is done under a local anesthetic. Small incisions are made in your gums to separate the tissue from the teeth. Next, the laser is used to reshape your gum line to provide you with the best possible results. Once your procedure is complete, your gums are sutured closed against your teeth.

The Benefits of Gum Contouring


Gum contouring provides many incredible benefits.
•  With the laser, gum contouring is much less invasive. It helps to reduce bleeding, pain, and swelling.
•  By reshaping your gum line, the quality of your smile is greatly enhanced. This can help to boost your confidence as well.
•  The results of your procedure are noticeable right away.
•  In addition to providing aesthetic results, gum contouring also helps to improve your oral health.

Gum contouring can help you to achieve a more aesthetic gum line, which can greatly improve the quality of your smile. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Bradshaw Family Dental today at (928) 277-0076.
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