Work of pediatric dentist

  In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, we’ve chosen to highlight the childhood disease of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle decay.  ECC is an infectious disease that can affect any child and can begin as early as the eruption of your child’s first tooth (around 6 months old). The disease process begins with bacteria. As foods enter the oral cavity bacteria break down carbohydrates and sugars and secrete acid on the teeth. The acid drains teeth of the minerals that keep them strong, and if left to continue will cause tooth decay. ECC is the most common … Read More


Wisdom Teeth FAQ

January 23, 2018
Dental X-Ray panoramic

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the final set of molars that can begin to erupt around age 17.  Some people have wisdom teeth that don’t ever erupt and some are lucky to only have one or two wisdom teeth, not all four. Continue reading to learn the answers to the Top 5 questions we receive regarding wisdom teeth. 1.) When should I get my wisdom teeth removed? 3rd molars typically erupt between ages 17 and 21. This is usually an ideal time to have your wisdom teeth extracted, whether they are erupting or not. Removing them at this point … Read More


Whitening Laser

Lasers have been in the dental field for some time now, but over the last couple of years have really become a popular topic. More dental offices are starting to see the benefits lasers can provide to their patients and instead of a cool tech fad, they are slowly becoming the standard of care. Patients are usually unsure of what services lasers can provide, and it is our job to inform you. Lasers can be utilized by both dentists and dental hygienists to bring the best care to our patients. Below we’ve outlined a few of the main functions of laser dentistry.


Why do I have Sensitive Teeth?

November 28, 2017
Young woman with toothache drinking cold water

  Ever wonder why your teeth are sensitive when you eat ice cream? Tooth sensitivity affects millions of adults in the United States. The most common cause of sensitivity is called dentinal hypersensitivity. The crown of a tooth is covered in enamel and the root is covered in cementum. Beneath both the enamel and the cementum is the dentin. If the enamel or cementum is worn away or eroded, the dentin becomes exposed. It is the dentin that transmits the pain signal to the nerve of the tooth. Gum recession can often expose the root surface of teeth leading to … Read More


Big orange pumpkin with fall leaves at sunset

Fall is a beautiful season here in the Pacific Northwest. The temperatures drop, the fog rolls in and the leaves start changing. The change in season also paints some pretty incredible sunrises and sunsets. Below you will find some of our staff members favorite fall activities in the area.


Dental Claim Form

Since the kids are back in school and schedules are back on track, it may be time to visit the dentist. Fall is a great time to schedule necessary dental work and maximize your dental benefits. Dental benefits are designed to provide you with assistance in paying for your dental care and maintaining a healthy smile.  If you have dental benefits, you want to make sure you are best utilizing your plan for your individual oral health needs. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your dental benefits; reducing out of pocket dental expenses. Use your dental benefits … Read More


The Holiday “Grind”

December 10, 2015
jaw-pain

The Holiday Season means more time with family, eating great food, seasonal parties and beautiful decorations, and for many…additional stress. This added stress, if not properly managed, is associated with a variety of symptoms including headaches, reduced immunity, and a range of sleep disorders including “sleep bruxism,” commonly known as grinding of the teeth. Grinding your teeth is a particularly damaging reaction to stress as it can lead to headaches, earaches, neck and back tenderness, tooth sensitivity and tooth damage, anxiety, depression, and increasing sleep trouble, not only for the sufferer but also for those that sleep in the same … Read More


If you think about the last time your dental care provider took x-ray images of your teeth, it was probably pretty easy. For most, you probably stood in a scanning booth or a sensor was held between your teeth, a few seconds later an image appeared, neatly displaying your pearly whites all in a row. You were able to see what looked good, and maybe even what didn’t. However, if you’ve been seeing a dentist for a little while longer, you were probably used to a whole different experience. Before the development of digital imaging, x-rays were created with traditional … Read More


heart

According to the Center for Disease Control, it is the leading cause of death since 1921. In 2013 there were over 600,000 related deaths in the United States. What is it? Heart disease; primarily coronary artery disease. An estimated 1.2 million people suffered from a new or recurrent heart attack in 2010, and chances are you know someone who has suffered from a coronary ailment in their lifetime. With the rise of heart disease, much focus has been put on the causes and risk factors that have made these issues so prevalent. The most commonly addressed factors are things like … Read More


Teeth-Whitening

Statistics show that ninety-six percent of people surveyed believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing, yet only thirty-two percent say they are “concerned about the look of their teeth”.* Providing teeth whitening is the number one cosmetic procedure performed in a dental office, and the amount of money Americans spend annually on getting a brighter, whiter smiles with professional and at-home whitening products is approximately 1.7 billion dollars.*  Before explaining the different whitening procedures and their related costs, it’s important to understand how teeth get stained in the first place. Foods and drinks associated with stained teeth include … Read More