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Foods and Drinks That Stain Your Teeth

By this point, it’s pretty clear that people want white teeth. As a country, we spend $1.4 billion on consumer teeth whitening products, and the teeth whitening industry generates over $11 billion a year in revenue. We’re not complaining that people are willing to pay to have white teeth, but it does beg the question—what’s staining our teeth in the first place? Foods and drinks cause staining in a couple ways. Foods that are high in acid tend to strip away ... Read more
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Toothpastes

Do you ever stand in the oral care section at a store—maybe your local supermarket, maybe a general retailer or a pharmacy—and wonder why there are so many different types of toothpaste? Think about how many brands there are—and then how many different types of toothpaste there are for each brand! Crest 3DWhite, Pro-Health, Pro-Health Advanced, with Scope, Sensi, regular old Crest, Kids’ Crest… the list goes on and on. A helpful way to think about your toothpaste choice is ... Read more
A woman showing her bright smile after getting her teeth whitened by her Puyallup, WA dentist.

Dental Product Series: Teeth Whitening

We all have our vices. Things like a couple of glasses of red wine with dinner, that cup of joe (or three) to start your day, and smoking all take a toll on the color of your teeth. Whether you are getting ready for your wedding day, aren’t ready to give up on the things you enjoy partaking in, or would just like boost in your smile, there are many reasons to have your teeth whitened. With so many options available ... Read more
Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics after getting his front tooth knocked out during a game.

Protect Your Teeth

Sports build camaraderie. They’re fun, adding some excitement to an otherwise mundane week, and they’re always a great source for exercise. But of course, all good things have to have some kind of drawback, right? If you thought this, you’d be correct. And with sports, you have to balance your fun with the risk of injury—and that includes mouth injuries. As the NBA Finals start up, you don’t have to think too far back for a dramatic example. During the playoffs, Boston ... Read more
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What is Fluoride?

Everyone knows that fluoride and oral hygiene go together… but why? What is fluoride, and how does it protect your teeth? Maybe you haven’t given a moment’s thought to such questions, but if you’re the curious type, read on. What is fluoride? Fluoride is a simple form of the element fluorine, which naturally exists in the earth’s crust, in water, and even in the air. Fluorine is related to elements like chlorine, which is used to sanitize pools, and iodine, which is often ... Read more
A man enjoying his favorite type of floss that is Puyallup, Vancouver dentist recommended to him.

Best Dental Product Series: Floss

Imagine you’re standing in the dental products aisle at your local Target or Walmart. You’re about to run out of floss at home, and you just want to pick some up. If you’re like most people, your first thought is probably something like this: Why in the world are there so many types of dental floss? Unfortunately, this can make it hard to know which product is the best. Being a dental practice, we have to tell you the truth: it doesn’t really ... Read more
A group of female friends sitting on the beach discussing what their Puyallup, Washington dentist told them about wisdom teeth.

What Do I Do About My Wisdom Teeth?

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” - Quotation attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt’s wisdom teeth If your wisdom teeth can offer insight like that, why would you ever have them removed? Most likely, you or someone you know has had them removed. It turns out there’s a solid reason. In fact, wisdom teeth, which earned their name because they emerge at the onset of adulthood, aren’t all that wise. (Most people believe Eleanor Roosevelt ... Read more
A man in the wild remembering what his Puyallup, Washington dentist told him about how to keep teeth clean.

Leave No Tooth Behind

Have you ever watched shows like Lost or movies like Cast Away and wonder how the teeth of these people must feel like after an extended stay on a remote island? Fortunately, there are a few things they (or you, if you go camping or get stranded) can do to help maintain a healthy smile when you don’t have access to a dentist or minty toothpaste. When you don’t have a toothbrush and floss, the concept of oral hygiene remains the same. ... Read more
A business woman learns from her Puyallup, Washington dentist how to get rid of bad breath.

Avoid Bad Breath for Good

In almost every social situation, there is one thing most people are concerned about: halitosis, better known as bad breath. It can be embarrassing for you, uncomfortable to other people, and potentially a deal breaker for a job interview or date. To make it even more difficult to manage, our bodies have a great way of blocking out constant smells, making it very hard to determine if we have bad breath before it’s too late. How do I know if I have ... Read more
A man and woman enjoying lunch after a regular visit with their Puyallup WA dentist.

Why do I Need Professional Teeth Cleanings?

Why do I Need Professional Teeth Cleanings? Let’s look at five reasons why you should get your teeth regularly cleaned. 1. We check for oral cancer With cancer, the sooner it’s detected the better chance you have of successfully getting rid of it. Oral cancer is no different. During each teeth cleaning, we check for any signs of oral cancer. 2. Cleanings help prevent cavities Brushing and flossing every day will do wonders in maintaining a healthy mouth. But, sometimes you may forget to ... Read more
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