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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
epidemic.

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,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of


Posted on 10/10/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware OfOsteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a severe condition in which the cells in your jawbone start to die because of lack of blood supply. This condition is rare and believed to be the result of using certain medications prescribed for multiple myeloma and other types of cancers that have already spread to the bones.

You could also get osteonecrosis if you have osteoporosis or because bisphosphonates prevent the body from repairing damage to the jawbone.

Symptoms of Osteonecrosis


ONJ symptoms range from mild to severe, but it is critical to diagnose this severe condition as soon as possible. Some of the most common signs of osteonecrosis of the jaw are:

•  Gum pain or swelling
•  Numbness of the jaw
•  A weakness of jaw muscles
•  Visible bone in the mouth
•  Loose teeth
•  Sockets that don't heal after an extraction

Treatment for Osteonecrosis


As with any other serious condition, early detection is critical to treat Osteonecrosis of the jaw successfully. With mild cases of ONJ, we can use mouthwash. When the disease is more severe, we can prescribe antibiotics, gels that you apply directly on your gums and other options.

Risks for ONJ


Only one to two people out of 100 who take bisphosphonates will develop ONJ, and it is not clear why it happens to some and not others. There is less risk of people who take medications for osteoporosis, according to scientific studies.

To reduce the risk of developing ONJ while on bisphosphonates, it is critical to maintain your teeth and gums healthy by practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and visiting us regularly. If you take these medications and need to have oral surgery, we recommend you have the surgery before you start your treatment and wait until you are fully healed. Please let us know if you have any questions about ONJ.

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