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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/

Tooth Decay
Prescott Valley, AZ


Woman experiencing pain from tooth decayTooth decay is an extremely common problem that we face as Americans – over 90 percent of us suffer from at least one cavity in our mouths, and over 25 percent of us have untreated tooth decay. While tooth decay is a common condition, that does not mean that it is harmless. If left untreated, it can lead to serious and lasting complications such as infection, tooth loss, and even life-threatening illness.

Fortunately, tooth decay is not only treatable; it is quite preventable, too. We here at Bradshaw Family Dental strongly believe that a team effort between yourself and us, including a good oral hygiene regimen and routine dental appointments, can help prevent you from developing problems that could arise from tooth decay.

What is Tooth Decay or Dental Caries?


Tooth decay is a disease that is caused when the bacteria in your mouth can penetrate the hard, outer layer of your teeth, which called your enamel. Your enamel is the hardest material in your body, but even as tough and durable as it is, it is no match to repeated exposure to bacteria. When the bacteria can damage your enamel and target the soft inner parts of your tooth, then a cavity or caries can form.

What are the Symptoms of Tooth Decay to Watch For?


The signs of tooth decay can vary from patient to patient. One of the more common signs that you may have tooth decay is the presence of pain in your tooth. It may be especially uncomfortable when exposed to heat or cold, or when eating or drinking sugary foods or drinks. The pain may also be present when you try to bite or chew, as well. However, please note that pain is not always going to be an indicator that you have tooth decay, and the symptoms of it should not be ignored just because you are not experiencing any discomfort or pain.

Other signs of tooth decay can include dark-colored spots or areas of discoloration on your teeth. Pits or holes can also form. Tooth decay can occur on any surface of your tooth and is not limited just to the chewing surfaces. It can occur in your dental fissures, on the front or the back of your tooth, along with the gum line, and even next to dental restorations such as crowns or fillings.

Prevention and Treatment


Preventing tooth decay is something that requires that you not only maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home but also that you schedule regular appointments with us. We recommend that our patients visit us for a checkup every six months.

Between appointments, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes per session. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, and brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Floss at least once a day, making sure you get the floss between your teeth and up underneath your gum line to remove any trapped bacteria that may be hiding there.

If we encounter a patient who has tooth decay, there are several different treatment options that are available to them. Depending on the severity of the decay, we may offer a filling to help treat it. For more serious decay, an inlay or onlay may be necessary. Sometimes a crown may be needed to help treat it, as well.

If you would like to learn more about tooth decay, or if it has been longer than six months since your last appointment with us here at Bradshaw Family Dental, please give us a call here at (928) 277-0076 today!
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