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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:

Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral SurgeryThe blood clot that forms at the site of a tooth removal serves a very important function.

It shields the raw nerves and bone from bacteria and food particles and prevents infection. Sipping drinks from a straw immediately after oral surgery is not advisable because it can dislodge the clot.

Why Should I Avoid Straws After Oral Surgery?

All dentists make it a point to advise patients who have undergone oral surgery to avoid straws. Drinking from a straw can lead to a condition known as “dry socket”, which is painful and may result in an infection.

The act of sucking through a straw can move the blood clot protecting the site of the tooth removal. Once that happens, food particles find their way there. Firmly lodged particles irritate the nerves and bone, slow down the healing process, and cause discomfort.

Clot formation is a very important step in the healing process post tooth extraction. You need to do whatever you can to ensure that the clot stays in place and the traumatized nerves and tissue underneath it gets a chance to heal.

Avoid straws. Even though there's a temptation to use them because of a perceived ease of use or due to force of habit, remember to drink juices, shakes, and such liquids without the straw. The negative pressure that the straw creates in the mouth can make the blood clot come loose. Do not rinse your mouth to dislodge stuck food particles. Do not spit forcefully. Smoking is not advisable and avoid brushing the teeth near the site of the extraction.

As you can see, using a straw during the first week of recovery is fraught with risk for the blood clot that needs to be protected. If the blood clot goes, the dry socket that appears complicates the healing process.

If you wish to learn more about safe and effective healing after oral surgery, then we'd love to share our expertise with you. Get in touch with us. Book your appointment today.

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Surprise, AZ 85374
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Prescott Valley
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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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