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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!

UltraSonic Scaler
Prescott Valley, AZ

Patients who have dental plaque, that sticky film that attaches to the teeth, are at a higher risk of getting gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease turns into periodontal disease, which is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States. According to the most recent data, an astonishing 70-percent of the population suffers from some form of gum disease.

Scaling is when a professional dental hygienist cleans your teeth to remove plaque and prevent decay. Here at Bradshaw Family Dental we use many different tools to prevent plaque from causing damage to your teeth and gums. Ultrasonic scalers are becoming more popular among our staff and less invasive to our patients.

Handheld Scalers

If you get regular dental cleanings, our hygienist frequently uses a handheld tool called a scaler to remove plaque that's stuck to your teeth and can cause gum disease. Our skilled hygienists are very comfortable using this tool. Handheld scalers have been used for decades to scrape away tartar from the surface of teeth, along with the gum line and inside pockets that form when bacteria gets inside the gum tissue.

When you keep your regular appointments, along with good oral hygiene at home, our hygienists can clean your teeth relatively quickly. Unfortunately, that is not the case when there is build up, or gum disease has already developed in the mouth.

Manual scaling can be uncomfortable for some patient and requires frequent breaks. Another disadvantage of using handheld scalers is that they are not as effective in removing plaque from deeper gum pockets.

Manual scalers are also loud, and one of the reasons patients skip their . Some people are sensitive to loud noises, and the scraping sound can be uncomfortable.

Dental Ultrasonic Scalers

Modern technology is there to make things easier for our patients and us. We are always looking at new equipment that can make our jobs easier and keep you as comfortable as possible. Lasers and ultrasound reduce the need for noisy tools and, in many cases, can expedite treatment.

Such is the case with ultrasonic scalers which use dental ultrasonic scaler’s vibrations to remove hard plaque deposits or calculus. Moreover, these waves can also disrupt the cells of bacteria.

Advantages of Dental Ultrasonic Scalers

One of the most significant benefits of using a dental ultrasonic scaler is that it is more effective in removing calculus from pockets that are deeper than 4mm. They are also extremely efficient when eliminating calculus within the periodontal pockets and exposed roots. Ultrasonic scalers can reach deeper than any manual scraper could.

This tool is not only easier for our hygienists to use, but more comfortable for a patient with deep pockets because the dental cleaning is more thorough and can be completed even more effectively in a shorter time. Ultrasonic scalers can also reach more hidden spaces than a handheld scraper, making for better cleanings and they are gentler on the enamel.

We urge our patients who have pacemakers to inform us of this fact, as shockwaves from ultrasonic scalers can affect these devices.

If you want to know more about what type of scalers we use here at Bradshaw Family Dental, please give us a call at (928) 277-0076.


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Ultrasonic Scaler - Prescott Valley, AZ • Bradshaw Family Dental
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