UPDATE 3-20-2020: In accordance with Governor Ducey’s declaration, Desert Smiles, along with all dental offices in the state, is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Governor Ducey will revisit the decision every two weeks. We will keep this space updated as we receive information.
UPDATE 3-17-2020: Starting today, we will only be doing emergency and essential dentistry. No hygiene appointments this week. We are figuring out things by the hour and will update any changes as they happen.
At Desert Smiles, we take the health and safety of our patients seriously, regardless of current virus concerns. We are fully committed to maintaining the cleanest environment possible and to meeting or exceeding medical standards.
Our instruments undergo a rigorous sterilization process to ensure cleanliness. Our office, including our lobby, is thoroughly cleaned daily – some rooms several times a day – and our dentist and team hold themselves to the highest of hygienic standards.
In short, year-round, we do everything possible to keep our patients safe from bacterial and viral infections.
Why You Should Keep Your Appointment
Oral health is directly linked to systemic health. Oral health concerns like decay, infection, and gingivitis can occur quickly and, when not addressed in their earliest stages, may result in a compromised immune system and a heightened risk for serious complications from Coronavirus, the flu, or even the common cold.
If you are not sick, it is best to keep your dental appointment. If you feel like you may be coming down with something or if you have been exposed to someone with influenza or Coronavirus, it may be best to reschedule.
When Should I Cancel My Appointment?
Please call to reschedule your appointment if you:
- Have tested positive for Coronavirus or influenza
- Have a fever – even a low-grade fever
- Have a cough or runny nose
- Are having respiratory issues
- Have been exposed to a virus
If you are not sick and have not been exposed to anyone who is, maintaining your own health is of the utmost importance. Part of this is taking care of your oral health.
Keep Yourself Healthy
Avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent viral infection. However, there are steps you can take to keep yourself healthy during times of mass illness. The CDC recommends you:
- Clean and wash your hand often
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
More suggestions and additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
Old Toothbrush Head?
Now might be a good time to swap out your toothbrush head – even if you’re not sick. Doing this every few months helps ensure the cleanest teeth and may help prevent the spread of infection.
If you have questions about our disinfection and sanitation practices or if you need to make or adjust an appointment, call 602-978-1790 and we will take care of you.