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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,

Link to article:

Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage

Posted on 5/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental DamagePeople look at their teeth as something that is very hard. They protect their teeth when they engage in violent activities such as contact sports. They turn to mouthguards to help keep their teeth safe. What they don't think about is the other times when their teeth are at risk.

There are times when they should turn to a mouthguard to protect their teeth from the unintended damage they face. There are more times to turn to a mouthguard than many imagine.

Different Uses for Mouthguards

While contact sports commonly use mouthguards, that is not the only reason that people turn to mouthguards. They can help deal with a few different problems that people suffer from.

•  Sleep Apnea. Mouthguards and oral appliances can help people who suffer from sleep apnea. The mouthguards can help keep the airway open while a person sleeps. It can also prevent the tongue and muscles in the mouth from collapsing and blocking the airway.
•  TMJ. Mouthguards can help people who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. This is a problem with the joint and muscles that connect the jaw to the skull. The mouthguards can put the jaw into a more comfortable position that does not stress TMJ.

The Problem of Bruxism

Mouthguards are also a very effective tool for people who suffer from bruxism and teeth grinding. This condition can happen while a person is awake or sleeping. The grinding of the teeth puts pressure on the teeth that can cause them to crack, break or chip. It can cause pain and can lead to problems with TMJ. A mouthguard can help protect the teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding.

People who grind their teeth often don't realize they are doing it. This is especially true when a person is asleep. The mouthguard does not stop the grinding of the teeth, but it does offer protection and can stop the incidental damage. You only get two sets of teeth in your lifetime. If a mouthguard can help prevent damage, it is something worth considering.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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