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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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Bruxism & Mouthguards in Surprise, AZ

At Surprise Smiles we can sympathize when it comes to nighttime bruxism. It can be extremely difficult to get a good night sleep when you are unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth. When you clench and grind at night, not only can you wind up tired and groggy every day, your teeth can become worn and damaged. Fear not! At Surprise Smiles, we offer mouth guards that not only protect your teeth from damage but offer you a better night sleep.

What Bruxism Is

Everyone clenches their teeth at least a little bit whether they realize it or not. Light and infrequent clenching is totally normal and nothing to worry about. When a person clenches their teeth frequently, and with intensity, that’s when it stops being classified as “clenching” and begins being classified as “bruxism”. Bruxism often leads to the negative effects of sleep loss, and tooth damage.

What Bruxism Can Lead To

The repercussions from allowing bruxism to go untreated include:
•  Chipped Teeth
•  Excessive wear and flattening of teeth
•  Cracked enamel
•  Cracked or damaged fillings and dental appliances
•  Tooth loss
•  Tooth collapse
•  Gum recession
•  Loss of sleep
•  Waking tired even after 8+ hours of sleep
•  Inability to concentrate throughout the day

It is estimated that somewhere between 10% and 30% of people in America suffer from some degree of bruxism. So, what is that answer? There are a few different kinds of treatment methods for bruxism, and we have found that the most effective one is a brux-guard, another name for a mouthguard.

How Mouthguards Work

The concept behind mouthguards is simple – they function to discourage clenching and protect your teeth from damaging each other by providing a hard shield between the biting surfaces of your teeth. We design custom-fitted mouthguards that are fitted specifically to your mouth to discourage clenching and protect against grinding.

Custom Fitted VS. Over The Counter Mouthguards

It can be tempting to treat bruxism with what appears to be an incredibly cheap solution, like the mouthguards offered in grocery store dental aisles. The problem with these brux solutions is that they are a one-size-fits-all approach. To say that everyone’s mouth is different is an understatement.

Because OTC solutions have to fit all mouths, they make them out of flexible material that can be molded with heat to fit your mouth. Because these materials are flexible, they end up encouraging clenching and grinding. Materials that give, or seem “chewy” tend to encourage - you guessed it - chewing actions in those who wear them. The result is that almost all OTC mouthguards make the issue of bruxism worse, rather than treating the issue.

When we craft a mouthguard for your mouth, it will be made of an extremely rigid but comfortable material that discourages clenching and grinding. Our mouthguards have a calming effect on your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) and will give you the rest that you deserve.

If you would like to learn more about mouthguards please call us today at (602) 842-4864 to setup your no obligation consultation. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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Surprise Smiles
15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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