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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!

Night Guard for Kids
prescott Valley, AZ

It’s pretty cute when kids suck on their thumbs! It’s one of those things that everyone can identify with, a comfort that childhood affords the young. There is a point at which we start to discourage thumb sucking, not only because it’s less acceptable for an older child to suck on their thumb, but for the practical purpose of preventing orthodontic issues from occurring with their teeth. Fortunately, at Bradshaw Family Dental we offer nightguards for kids to help them curb their thumb sucking habit and save you the expensive orthodontic bills in the future.

Why stop thumb sucking?

When a child is very young, thumb sucking can be a beneficial way for them to self-soothe. It can help them feel comfortable in different circumstances and is often used to fall asleep, even while asleep. To infants, the act of sucking is a very comforting thing because they associate it with feeding and their mother. Once their teeth start coming in thumb sucking can end up doing more damage than it’s worth. Teeth are not stationary in the mouth and are very liable to be influenced by forces like thumb sucking while coming in. By allowing a child to suck on their thumb while their baby teeth come in the alignment of those teeth can be thrown off quite a bit. Adult teeth depend on the alignment of the baby teeth to come in properly.

Thumb Sucking Guards

There are a few different varieties of guards that can be worn in the mouth and on the hands of children who need to stop the thumb sucking habit. There are plastic cylinders that can be placed on a child’s thumb to prevent it from fitting into their mouth. There are also guards that fit comfortably into your kid’s mouth while they sleep to prevent the entry of their thumb. The way the mouth guards work is by preventing their thumb from sitting comfortably on the roof of their mouth – they end up not being able to achieve suction because of this.

Is a guard right for my child?

Thumb sucking can affect both the appearance and alignment of their teeth. The most typical result of long-term thumb sucking is front teeth that point outward and don’t meet when their mouth is closed. In orthodontics, a bite that doesn’t close all the way is referred to as “open-bite” and can require expensive orthodontics to fix. If your child is past the age of 4 and still sucks their thumb give us a call today at (928) 277-0076 to schedule an appointment for them.

Scolding Your Child Isn’t an Effective Way to Prevent Thumbsucking

When considering the orthodontic ramifications of thumb sucking it can be hard not to scold your child for thumb-sucking, but that doesn’t do a lot of good. Instead, schedule an appointment with us, and we will help to explain why they need to stop and how we can help in a way that they will understand. Reward charts and the help of a night guard appliance can make it easy for your child to beat thumb sucking quickly and totally.


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Kids Nightguards - Prescott Valley, AZ • Bradshaw Family Dental
At Bradshaw Family Dental, we offer nightguards for kids to curb their thumb sucking habits and save you the expensive orthodontic bills. Click to learn more.
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