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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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Root Planing and Scaling Surprise, AZ

Periodontal gum disease is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the gum that if left untreated, can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth. If your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontal gum disease, though it seems bad, know that you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association, more than 64 million Americans have some form of gum disease.
The good news is that periodontal gum disease is treatable, curable and preventable. Through periodontal maintenance procedures like root planing and scaling your dentist is able to not only reverse the effects of periodontal gum disease, but also prevent the disease from progressing.

What Is Root Planing and Scaling?

Sometimes, despite our every effort to practice proper oral hygiene, oral health issues arise anyway. If you visit your dentist as you should (recommended every six months) for a routine cleaning then you are more than likely aware of the cleaning process that is involved. Your dental hygienist cleans the surface of the teeth by scaling the surface area of the tooth above the gum line in an effort to remove plaque and tartar buildup. She will then polish the teeth to smooth the surface and remove stains. This routine cleaning procedure is done to prevent the buildup of plaque and calculus that if left untreated will progress into periodontal gum disease.
If you show symptoms of gum disease, however, your dentist will use another cleaning method called root planing and scaling to treat your teeth and gums. Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical periodontal maintenance procedure done to treat the symptoms associated with gum disease and to prevent the disease from progressing. Some dentist and/or hygienist refer to root planing and scaling as a “deep clean” because it goes beyond the tooth’s surface down below the gum line.

How Will My Dentist Determine If I Need a Root Planing and Scaling Treatment?

Healthy gum tissue that surrounds the gums should fit tightly against the teeth. If your dentist notices that your gums are receding or pulling away from the tooth he will proceed to measure the gum pockets. If the gum pockets measure more than 4 millimeters deep and contain a buildup of tartar, he will likely recommend a root planing and scaling cleaning procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Gum Disease?

Since the periodontal gum disease is not always painful or uncomfortable and because if left untreated, it can progress to a more severe stage where bone and tooth loss are common, it is therefore important to be aware of the symptoms associated with gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth

  • Redness and/or bleeding of the gums

  • Receding gums or gums that pull away from the teeth

  • Loose teeth

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Pus surrounding the gums at the base of the tooth

It is important to understand when looking for the symptoms of periodontal gum disease that gum disease does not always affect the entire mouth, but can in some cases occur in just one quadrant of the oral cavity.
If you have noticeable symptoms of gum disease, it is important to contact our office at (602) 842-4864 immediately for further evaluation.

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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

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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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