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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!

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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