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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!

Receding Gums
Prescott Valley, AZ


Bradshaw Family Dental patient flossing to avoid gum recessionYour gums work hard to protect your teeth; it may not seem like they do much, but they help shield your tooth roots to help prevent bacteria from attacking them. The average person may not spend much time dwelling on their gums and how they work, but that does not mean that they can safely be ignored. If you neglect your oral hygiene, then your gums may be at risk of receding.

Gum recession is a serious condition that can occur for some reasons, but once it begins, it can quickly lead to dangerous complications. We here at Bradshaw Family Dental firmly advise that if you are starting to notice any signs of gum recession, you reach out to us for prompt treatment to help prevent lasting damage to your teeth and gingiva.

What Causes Gums to Recede?


Your gums can start to recede for a wide assortment of reasons. One of the more common causes of gum recession is due to gum disease. Gum disease, such as periodontitis and gingivitis, are typically caused by poor oral hygiene. By making sure you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you can help prevent periodontitis and gingivitis from attacking your gums.

However, there is the risk of “too much of a good thing” – sometimes gum recession can be caused by over-brushing and over-flossing. Brushing too hard or too aggressively, or for too long, or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, can cause your gums to recede. Other things that can lead to gum recession can include clenching and grinding your teeth at night (known as bruxism), use of tobacco products, and hormonal changes.

Signs of Gum Recession Most People Will Notice


The symptoms of gum recession may be subtle at first, making it hard for you to detect. If you stay on top of your checkups, we can help you spot it before it becomes a major problem. Signs of gum recession can include the appearance of “long” teeth, exposed tooth roots, and pain and sensitivity in your teeth. Loose teeth and wide gaps and spaces between them may also point to gum recession.

Treating Gum Recession


If we encounter a patient who has receding gums, then immediate treatment may be necessary to help ensure the best possible outcome. One of the more common approaches that we use to treat receding gums is called a deep cleaning, or a scaling and a root planing. During this procedure, we will remove the buildup from your teeth and your tooth roots. This makes it easier for your gums to reattach, and harder for the bacteria to return.

Some patients may benefit from treatment with antibiotics, especially if they have an infection in their gums. In more severe cases of gum recession, surgical intervention may be necessary. If surgery is needed, then you may require a gum graft to help restore the lost gum tissue.

If you suspect that your gums are starting to recede, it is critical that you get treatment with us for it immediately to help preserve your teeth and your oral health. To learn more about gum recession, or to set up an appointment with us here at Bradshaw Family Dental, please give us a call at (928) 277-0076 today!

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