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Woman smiles after getting dentures from her Puyallup, WA dentist

Consumer Overview: Denture Products

Dental Consumer Products Overview: Denture Products If you have dentures, or even if you haven’t, chances are you’ve seen TV advertisements for denture products. Because dentures and teeth loss can be emotional topics, it’s no surprise that the advertisements try (let’s call them) unconventional approaches. Sometimes they try too hard to be funny, sincere, or authoritative. Other times they go for realness and end up somewhere closer to too-much-information. But for all their flaws, these ads are speaking to a sizable market. Over ... Read more
Kid headed back to school with a healthy smile

Back to School Dental Checklist

As the summer starts to wind down and the days get shorter, parents’ thoughts turn to back-to-school season. They make lists of supplies they need to purchase, see if backpacks can last one more year, and shop for school clothes that will stay clean for approximately one recess. But when your mind has turned to this mentality of getting chores done, it’s actually a great time to take care of another one of your children’s needs: maintaining their oral health. If you’re ... Read more
Periodic Table showing fluoride

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 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
Family after learning about canker sores from their dentist in Puyallup WA

How to Get Rid of Canker Sores

Imagine you are eating a big, juicy steak cooked to perfection. You cut out a chunk of steak place it in your mouth. The first bite is delicious, and the second bite is even better. But then, in your fervor for chewing, you forget where the steak ends and where your cheek begins. Before you know it--chomp!--a bite that was intended for that tasty piece of steak caught your cheek. It’s painful and irritating, but you can get past the ... Read more
Smiling woman with a healthy smile thanks to her dentist in Puyallup

Live Happier, Healthier & Longer: Why Your Smile Is Our Priority

Have you ever wondered why dentists and other dental and oral health professionals spend so much time talking about your smile? Shouldn’t they focus more on your teeth? As dental health professionals, we know that your oral health affects a whole lot more than just your teeth. You may think your smile is just another way to communicate your happiness, but we know it does so much more than that. Smiling regularly can improve your mood and even your health. But when ... Read more
Man holding his mouth in pain waiting to see his Puyallup, WA dentist.

Tooth Sensitivity to Cold

Ouch! Maybe it’s a fresh smoothie, a spoonful of ice cream, or even just a sip of ice water—but there it is, throbbing tooth pain. There are many reasons why you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity to cold. Fortunately, you can take several steps to remedy this yourself, including checking with your dentist. Other symptoms often accompany sensitivity to cold, including: Sensitivity to hot foods Pain when biting or chewing Persistent dull or throbbing tooth pain   But what conditions cause these kinds of tooth sensitivity? Exposed ... Read more
A family sitting around the table enjoying a nice holiday meal.

The Gift of Giving

As the holiday season continues in full effect, a lot of people get in the mood for giving. With Thanksgiving just over, you probably ate so much that you envy cows and their four stomachs. But before you delve into eggnog, cookies, prime rib, and fruitcake (Well, we aren’t sure anyone has eaten fruitcake in the last two decades, but it’s synonymous with the holidays, so…), you should consider donating to a charity. With so many charities to choose from, it ... Read more
Senior woman doing yoga outside in Puyallup, WA

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Mouth?

What You Need To Know: The Effect Diabetes Has On Oral Health Diabetes affects every aspect of your life. From ensuring your blood sugar is at the right level to keeping up with regular exercise, managing diabetes is no easy task. You must be aware of many complications that can arise from diabetes, and your oral health is no exception. Since it’s National Diabetes Month, we have provided information and tips to consider regarding the relationship between diabetes and your ... Read more
A young woman in Puyallup WA smiling after flossing.

Should You Keep Flossing?

Flossing: In or Out? It’s been six months since your last teeth cleaning. You arrive at your appointment and get called to head to the back by your hygienist. As she begins cleaning your teeth, she asks the question we all dread. “How often do you floss?” If you’re like many people, you might stretch the truth, or justify telling a white lie since you DID use a toothpick after dinner a few nights back. Maybe now—lucky you!--you won’t have to answer ... Read more
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