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Thurston Talk Article!

March 9th, 2015

Thanks to our local blog Thurston Talk for the interview and awesome write up! And I'm so glad you included my picture from the 2014 Mission Fundraiser show (below), I would totally grow out my hair if it'd look this cool!

Crowns: A Whole New Smile

November 11th, 2013

Looking at this before and after photo set, one might be tempted to classify this as solely cosmetic dentistry. And the teeth do look a heckuva lot better, right? Longer, whiter, missing tooth replaced!

But the back side view reveals severe wear and decay, as seen below. This is not just a touch up job, and in fact the patient was given the option of dentures at multiple offices he sought for opinions.

We are thankful he ended up here and that we found a way to make this happen for him! By phasing over time and dealing with the most pressing needs first, we not only saved these teeth but created a beautiful smile that he says has given him renewed confidence to speak and laugh in public.

Your dental needs may be more or (hopefully) less than this, but whatever they are we can give you customized options and find a way to make your restoration a reality.

Call us at (360) 459-1600.

Halloween: Before and After

October 28th, 2013

Happy Halloween! I'm definitely not one of those dentists who will tell you to never eat candy. Have fun, keep it reasonable, and consider brushing twice on Thursday night so you're not haunted by cavities like Jack O'Lantern* here  :-O

Cavities, while frightening, don't happen mysteriously over night from eating a lot of sugar. Prolonged and routine exposure to sugar feeds bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acid that rots (demineralizes) your teeth over time and even entrench themselves further by building up a sticky film to live in - plaque. Plaque calcifies or hardens into tartar over time, making a fortress for those bacteria!

It's deviously simple, what these bacteria do. YOU feed THEM every time you eat, especially when you eat simple sugars. And if you let them live unhindered in the nooks and crannies of your mouth, tooth decay is the predictable outcome.

Common sense steps for those worried about tooth decay include 2-3 times daily brushing (ideally with a fluoride toothpaste, but the most important thing is breaking up the bioflim), once daily flossing, and limiting frequency of snacking.

With snacking, as far as your teeth are concerned, more important than the amount of sugar you ingest is how often sugar is washing over colonies of hungry bacteria. The same Coca-Cola sipped every 10 minutes all day long is MUCH more destructive to your teeth than drinking the entire can all in one sitting (consider not doing that either, though, if you are worried about your health).

If you'd like to know more, give us a call: 360-459-1600. We'd love to have a personal discussion and provide you with a thorough dental screening (usually covered by insurance or just $19 including x-rays for new patients).

*yes this is/was my pumpkin this year!

Invisalign: Closing the Gap

October 23rd, 2013

Just finished up treatment with an amazing patient, using Invisalign to close up a large diastema (gap) between his front two teeth. He graciously allowed me to post his full face before and after photos. We think he's the greatest but sadly for us we'll only get to see him every six months from now on because he has a super healthy mouth!

InvisAlign is a computer-guided orthodontic system using a series of plastic trays that are clear and removable to guide teeth into a new position. I happily refer many orthodontic cases to a specialty trained orthodontist (big fan of Dr. Alexander over by St. Petes), but I love to discuss treatment options with patients, clear/prepare their mouths for orthodontic treatment (hierarchy of needs, gotta take care of that decay first!), and we do also do a number of cases at our office with fantastic results at a significant savings!

Any questions, give us a call: (360) 459-1600.

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