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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
epidemic.

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:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Surprise, AZ


Periodontal Disease DiagramThe teeth get all the glory! People forget how crucial a role gums play in the health of your mouth. When your gums suffer, your whole mouth suffers. At Surprise Smiles we recognize the important role that gums play and will do our best to keep you educated on what it takes to keep them happy. Not to mention, we offer plenty of procedures that can help to bring gums back from the brink.

What is Gum Disease?


Everyone knows that if you don't take care of your teeth they will get cavities. The same concept applies to your gums, if you don't take care of them they will become infected - this infection is known as gum disease or periodontitis. The bad bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease is known as plaque. When it builds up and isn't washed away by your brushing and flossing it just accumulates.

As plaque accumulates on your teeth it will eventually harden into a substance known as tartar. If you ignore your oral hygiene duties for long enough, eventually plaque will even start to build up below your gum line. That's right, that fuzzy, gross stuff that show up on your teeth can even show up on the roots of your teeth. When it shows up on the roots, that's when gum disease gets its first chance.

Early Stage


When gum disease is just starting out it will be hard for you to notice. There aren't real big symptoms for you to take heed of, instead it's small stuff. Here are some warning signs that you may be developing gum disease:
•  Gums that bleed easily or frequently
•  Gums that are red
•  Gums that are swollen
•  Persistent bad breath

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should set up an appointment to be seen by us right away. The one good thing about early stage gum disease is that it is reversible. If we catch it early and take aggressive measures to stop it's spread, we can return your gums to a healthy state.

Late Stage


When gum disease reaches the late stage it's often referred to as periodontitis. Periodontitis is not curable, and can have a devastating impact on your oral health. Everything from tooth loss, to bone and soft tissue loss can be brought on by periodontitis. It's even linked to general health conditions like stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Here are some of the symptoms and issues that accompany periodontal disease:
•  Gums that aren't flush with teeth
•  Food and particulate matter between gums and teeth
•  Tooth loss
•  Bone loss
•  Soft tissue loss
•  Loose teeth
•  Permanent bad breath
•  Change in bite
•  TMJ pain

How to Prevent Periodontitis


Gum disease is a serious illness and should be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, it isn't hard to avoid gum disease with regular oral hygiene. Always brush after meals and floss at least once a day. Don't forget that a normal part of every oral hygiene routine is showing up to our office at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams.
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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

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


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