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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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Dental Sealants Surprise, AZ

Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth is one the best ways to prevent tooth decay. However, even the most careful brushers can't get every space. Your molars, or chewing teeth, have deep crevices on their surfaces, and food particles love to get stuck there, creating a veritable buffet for bacteria. The bristles of your brush just aren't equipped to reach in those spaces, and cavities can easily form. All hope is not lost, though. Dental sealants can help.

What is Tooth Decay?

Long after you eat, food particles can linger in the mouth. Without proper brushing and flossing, bacteria that gets into your mouth uses that leftover food as their own food. They create acids that eat away at your tooth's enamel, leading to decay. Left untreated, decay can destroy your teeth, leading to a whole host of other problems, such as the loss of the tooth and infections.

What are Sealants?

Sealants are a synthetic coating, made up of plastic and other materials, that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars. They cover up the deep natural crevices, effectively sealing out food particles and bacteria. The bristles of your regular toothbrush can easily clean off the surface of the sealants.

How are Sealants Applied?

The procedure for sealants is quick and painless. First, the dentist thoroughly cleans and dries your teeth. A gel, containing acidic agents, is applied to the selected molars. It is meant to create a rough surface on which the sealant will be able to adhere. The gel is then cleaned off and the teeth dried again. The sealant is applied and dried with a blue light.

How Long do Sealants Last?

Sealants can easily last several years. They are relatively strong, able to withstand normal chewing pressure and wear. At every regular dental exam, your sealants will be checked to make sure they are still intact. They can easily be reapplied if necessary.

Who Gets Sealants?

Typically, sealants are given to children, put on their permanent molars as soon as they come in. This is because children are more prone to cavities up into early adolescence. Adults can make excellent candidates as well. Sealants are a great preventative measure for just about everyone.


Sealants are not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. While they can help prevent cavities, they can only protect the chewing surfaces of your molars and are only effective with other preventative measures. You should still brush your teeth at least twice a day to protect the rest of the surfaces of your teeth as well as the chewing surfaces where the sealant isn't applied. Flossing will help protect the areas between your teeth that can't be reached with your toothbrush. And mouthwash can help to kill any bacteria that may be in your mouth. It is also important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for more thorough cleanings as well as a comprehensive oral exam.

Preventing tooth decay is important for healthy teeth. If you are interested in sealants, or need a dental exam, contact Surprise Smiles today to schedule an appointment.


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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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