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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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Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Candice
For dental patients who suffer from regular or infrequent jaw pain due to any number of possible causes, we are often asked if there are any exercises that can be performed to help reduce the pain or discomfort. The short answer is yes, there are a few things that you can do to slightly reduce the pain that you may be feeling in one or both sides of your jaw, but it is important to remember that these techniques are meant only to offer mild relief to these issues and do not take the place of coming in for regular visits so our dental practitioners can help you treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptom. But to help with the day-to-day discomfort that may come as a result of your specific condition, here are a few simple stretches and exercises: Circular Rotations Working your lower jaw in circular, clockwise motions for a certain number of repetitions, say 5 to 10, and then reversing the direction and going counter-clockwise for the same number can sometimes help relieve discomfort. Stretching Exercises Another way to reduce the effects of jaw pain is to regularly perform stretching techniques, and the best time to practice these is upon waking in the morning and before going to bed at night. Open the mouth as wide as you comfortably can, and then guide the lower jaw in and out 5 to 10 times, just as with the rotations. To learn more ways that you can alleviate jaw pain, as well as to get a checkup or examination to try and discover the cause of these problems, give us or call or stop in and see us here at our clinic office. We will be glad to assist you in any way we can....

Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues

Posted on 7/7/2020 by Candice
TMJ disorders or bruxism, as it is popularly known as, is a dental problem that results in various health issues, both physical and mental. The condition arises because people have the tendency of involuntarily grinding their teeth together, especially when they are asleep. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, then one of the best things to do would be to get proper dental treatment and we can help to provide effective solutions and treat it properly. Oral Appliances While there is no cure for TMJ disorder, there are a few oral appliances that you can use in order to prevent the condition from worsening. This treatment includes devices that can be placed inside the mouth in order to ensure that TMJ is relieved. While you can always choose various painkillers that can help relieve the pain, choose the devices that can help you prevent grinding of the teeth because unless you stop the tooth grinding, this condition will only get worse. Apart from the fact that TMJ will cause discomfort to your jaw, it also ends up making your teeth hurt and prevents you from sleeping properly. People who suffer from this disorder often have lack of sleep and are in an irritable mode. A simple oral device that is placed in your mouth not only helps you to sleep better, but it also provides a lot of relief from the aches and pains and helps you to feel better about yourself. Make sure that you get these devices customized because then they fit into your mouth comfortably and you have no discomfort while sleeping. These devices are small in size and this makes it inconvenient for you to place it in your travel bag and use it even while you are travelling from one place to another when you are away from home. There are different kinds of oral devices that you can get, so if you want to know which one is perfect for you, come and visit us today....

Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Candice
One out of every 600 newborns is affected with a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate, making it the most common birth defect in America. A cleft is the separation of the tissue that makes up the lip not fully formed at the time of birth. It is thought to be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental issues, although no one knows for sure what the root cause is. Studies have shown that many factors go into the appearance of cleft lip and cleft palate including the race, sex, severity of clefts, closeness of family members with clefts, and the extent of affected family members. Many children born with clefts can require specialized hospital care from infant to adulthood. Read on to find out some of the problems associated with clefts and what kind of treatment is available for them. Issues with a Cleft Children with a cleft can find it difficult to feed because the ability to suck is diminished when the shape of the palate is not normal. They could also have problems speaking later, leading to a voice that sounds more nasally. It is also more likely they will have ear infections and problems with their teeth. But worst of all the clefts could lead to low self-esteem as they try to struggle with looking different from other children. Treatment Options vary depending on the severity of the cleft but generally, surgery begins with the first few months of life. It is recommended to repair a cleft palate within the first 18 months of a child's life. It can improve the child's ability to feed and to speak and can also be repaired to look natural with minimal amounts of scarring. With the right therapy, many children with clefts go on to lead ordinary healthy lives. We want to help if you have a cleft palate. Please call our office today to schedule your consultation. We can discuss options to fix that cleft palate and get on your way to a happy and healthy life!...

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Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?
Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
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How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
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Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
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Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
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