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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!

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Woman holding her mouth after making appointment at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZlWhen it comes to oral health we at Bradshaw Family Dental understand that there are multiple facets to keeping teeth happy and healthy and it doesn’t stop at just teeth – the whole mouth has to be taken care of. Patient education on important issue can mean the difference between a good oral hygiene routine and one that is lackluster. Our goal is to teach you as much as we can about periodontal disease, so that you can do your best to protect your mouth from it.

What is periodontal disease?

There are two forms of periodontal disease – early and late stage. The early stage is commonly referred to as “gum disease/gingivitis”, which should give you a decent idea of what periodontal disease is – an infection of the gums. Bacteria within the mouth can form plaque and tartar that can eat away at the teeth and cause decay. What people don’t realize is that if that bacteria is left to accumulate for long enough it will do so even below the gum line.

When tartar builds up below the gum line it tends to push the gums away from the surface of the tooth, which can create a pocket between the teeth and gums and infect healthy gum tissue. The pocket allows food particles to wedge themselves deep into healthy gum tissue and worsen the problem. When the issue is in the early stages (gingivitis) it is still reversible and usually remedied with studious dental care.

If it goes untreated for long enough it can progress into late stage periodontitis, which often leads to bone and soft tissue loss. The worst part about late stage periodontitis is it’s not curable and must be taken care of for the rest of your life.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Our main goal at Bradshaw Family Dental is to prevent all damaging disease and maladies from taking hold of your mouth. We do everything we can to ensure that you leave our office with a clean bill of oral health but we also understand the importance of educating you on how to prevent issues like periodontitis from starting. After all, you spend the most time taking care of your mouth, and should know how to prevent serious issues like gum disease.

So what is the key to preventing gum disease? Keeping your mouth clean and happy! Seriously it’s as simple as brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Brushing after breakfast and before bed yields the best results. There is an erroneous belief that brushing harder is better – light brushing with a toothbrush that has soft bristles is more than adequate to brush away the bacterial buildup. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth by brushing away the enamel.

Always make sure to come in to see us at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. These appointments are critical so that we can ensure that your oral health is in tip-top condition, and if any issues are apparent, we can treat them while they are still in their early stages.

Please call us today at (928) 277-0076 to schedule your appointment.

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