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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

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,

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When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?

Posted on 8/10/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?Chewing gum for an extended period, can cause jaw pain, because of the constant movement that's required. In extreme cases, it can even cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMD a painful condition of the jaw.

Why Should You Chew Gum?

Chewing gum is not something that we associate with good oral health, but if you choose the sugarless kind, chewing gum can be healthy for your teeth and mouth, especially when you do not have access to brushing while on a trip or a night out.

Chewing gum can help remove thousands of bacteria from your mouth and increase saliva production, until you can have access to a toothbrush. In some cases, it can strengthen the jaw muscles.

Problems with Excessive Gum Chewing

If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ, chewing gum for an extended period can make the symptoms worse and cause you jaw pain, and is not recommended. If you do not suffer from TMJ, you can still have jaw pain after chewing gum for a long period of time.

What to Do for Jaw Pain from Chewing Gum?

The best thing you can do if you have jaw pain from chewing gum is to limit the time you are chewing. If the pain is severe, try relaxing your jaw and if this doesn't go away, let us know and we will make sure that there is no other issue going on.

While grabbing a piece of sugarless gum if you are out on the town for dinner or don't have access to a toothbrush is recommended, we did not encourage the practice of chewing gum, even if it's the sugarless kind.

Even artificial sweeteners can cause damage to the teeth and it's best if you avoid the habit, and if you have pain in your jaw try to stay away from chewing gum altogether.

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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