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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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Nightguards for Kids, AZ

It’s pretty cute when kids suck on their thumbs! It’s one of those things that everyone can identify with, a comfort that childhood affords the young. There is a point at which we start to discourage thumb sucking, not only because it’s less acceptable for an older child to suck on their thumb, but for the practical purpose of preventing orthodontic issues from occurring with their teeth. Fortunately, at Surprise Smiles we offer nightguards for kids to help them curb their thumb sucking habit and save you the expensive orthodontic bills in the future.

Why stop thumb sucking?

When a child is very young, thumb sucking can be a beneficial way for them to self-soothe. It can help them feel comfortable in different circumstances and is often used to fall asleep, even while asleep. To infants, the act of sucking is a very comforting thing because they associate it with feeding and their mother. Once their teeth start coming in thumb sucking can end up doing more damage than it’s worth. Teeth are not stationary in the mouth and are very liable to be influenced by forces like thumb sucking while coming in. By allowing a child to suck on their thumb while their baby teeth come in the alignment of those teeth can be thrown off quite a bit. Adult teeth depend on the alignment of the baby teeth to come in properly.

Thumb Sucking Guards

There are a few different varieties of guards that can be worn in the mouth and on the hands of children who need to stop the thumb sucking habit. There are plastic cylinders that can be placed on a child’s thumb to prevent it from fitting into their mouth. There are also guards that fit comfortably into your kid’s mouth while they sleep to prevent the entry of their thumb. The way the mouth guards work is by preventing their thumb from sitting comfortably on the roof of their mouth – they end up not being able to achieve suction because of this.

Is a guard right for my child?

Thumb sucking can affect both the appearance and alignment of their teeth. The most typical result of long-term thumb sucking is front teeth that point outward and don’t meet when their mouth is closed. In orthodontics, a bite that doesn’t close all the way is referred to as “open-bite” and can require expensive orthodontics to fix. If your child is past the age of 4 and still sucks their thumb give us a call today at (602) 842-4864 to schedule an appointment for them.

Scolding Your Child Isn’t an Effective Way to Prevent Thumbsucking

When considering the orthodontic ramifications of thumb sucking it can be hard not to scold your child for thumb-sucking, but that doesn’t do a lot of good. Instead, schedule an appointment with us, and we will help to explain why they need to stop and how we can help in a way that they will understand. Reward charts and the help of a night guard appliance can make it easy for your child to beat thumb sucking quickly and totally.

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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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