You may be uncomfortable with your smile if your tooth is chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged in a way that alters its appearance. The cosmetic effect of a dental injury can be concerning enough for people to prioritize restorative dental work. With that said, some injuries can affect teeth that are harder to see, and therefore less important to your appearance. Does this mean that an injury is easier to ignore, or something that should be a lower priority for you? There are several reasons to take a dental injury seriously that are not related to esthetics. You may have a difficult time biting and chewing because of your injury. You can also be vulnerable to a tooth infection, a potentially serious problem. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office takes dental emergencies seriously, and we are prepared to see you if you need urgent attention. Read more

When you brush and floss your teeth, what are you really doing for your health? Obviously, these habits are in place to protect you against tooth decay and gum disease. People often think of oral hygiene as a matter of protecting the health and appearance of their smile, but they do not recognize the role that dental care plays in maintaining their overall health. If your hygiene is not being properly maintained, you can allow harmful oral bacteria to enter your mouth and cause different health concerns. You can also be vulnerable to health complications if you develop periodontal disease. While our Seattle, WA dentist's office is committed to helping our patients protect their teeth and gums from harm, we want our patients to know that their oral health can be more important to their well-being than they might realize! Read more

You may be well aware that prolonged periods of stress can cause problems for you. What you might not anticipate is the different ways stress can interfere with your quality of life. You should know that if you are having a hard time managing your stress, you may unwittingly change your daily behaviors in ways that put you at greater risk for dental problems. A lack of focus on your oral care routine, a reliance on less healthy meals, and problems with teeth grinding can all negatively contribute to your dental well-being. While it may be difficult to live a stress-free life, it is important to recognize how it might be affecting you so that you can react accordingly. Your Seattle, WA dentist wants you to maintain your best, healthiest smile. We can provide important preventive dental care during dental exams in addition to guidance on smarter daily behaviors. Read more

When you know that your dentist is ready to take care of you during a dental emergency, a problem with a broken, loosened, or lost tooth can feel a little less scary. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, we are prepared for a situation where a patient requires treatment with little notice. Any time you experience a problem that makes urgent oral health care feel necessary, you can reach out to let us know. Responding quickly to a dental emergency is about more than just helping patients deal with pain - when you have access to treatment on short notice, the odds of saving an injured or infected tooth go up. Read more

When you think about protecting your smile, your focus may be on the actions you can take to prevent cavities. It is hard to argue with the importance of cavity prevention, but it should be noted that our teeth also face risks from wear and tear over time. Sure, some wear and tear can be difficult to avoid - we put our teeth through serious friction by biting and chewing food. With that said, certain habits that further weaken your teeth can lead to visible changes that hurt the quality of your appearance. Your Seattle, WA dentist's office can discuss the impact of wear and tear with patients as part of our commitment to helping them avoid problems that might hurt their smile. Read more

Proper parenting involves more than just directly addressing a child's needs - you also have to figure out how to teach kids to care for themselves. Once your child is old enough, they can start to attend pediatric dental exams that keep you informed about the health and development of their smile. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office provides all-ages dental care, so we are ready to help parents and kids manage their dental health. In between these visits, you should be working with your kids to help them develop an effective oral hygiene routine. With the right encouragement, kids can pick up smart habits that help them avoid problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Read more

The time you spend brushing and flossing your teeth, and the attention you give these tasks, can obviously play a big role in how well you protect your smile. However, it is important to remember that our decisions between our oral hygiene habits can also impact our risk for tooth decay! Your beverage choices can play a bigger role than you might expect in your commitment to preventing dental health problems. If you have a hard time passing up flavored beverages like soda and juice, you can expose your enamel to more sugar, which can make you more likely to develop cavities. Flavored beverages that are low in sugar can still be trouble if they are acidic or rich in color. With smarter habits in place, you can make sure that your next trip to see your Seattle, WA dentist ends without the discovery of a cavity. Read more

When you brush and floss your teeth, you protect your smile against cavities. Your Seattle, WA dentist can also help you avoid decay through important preventive dental services. Did you know that fluoride can play a role in maintaining your oral health as well? This mineral provides an important service by helping your enamel recover more quickly from decay. You can administer fluoride thanks to ADA-approved toothpastes, which contain this mineral. Many tap water sources also provide fluoride in order to help people protect their teeth. While fluoride is not the only form of protection you need to avoid restorative dental work, it can play a valuable part in keeping you safe against cavities! Read more

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine does more than just help you preserve your appearance. Each time you brush and floss your teeth, you fight harmful oral bacteria that can hurt your dental health, and may lead to problems with your general well-being. Cavities can lead to painful tooth infections that require restorative dental work. If it is not addressed, gum disease can actually cause problems for your general health, and it can make managing existing problems more difficult. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office is proud to provide important preventive dental services to our patients. In between visits, we want our patients to keep up with great habits so that they are able to stay our of dental trouble. Read more

Your Seattle, WA wants your smile to remain in the best possible shape. In addition to encouraging you to practice smart preventive dental care, our hope is that you never require emergency treatment for a dental problem - with that said, we DO provide emergency dental services to our patients. For a tooth that is injured, or in considerable pain, we can bring you in for care on short notice. This work can focus on restoring the health of a tooth, but we can also see to it that your bite function and smile are both restored as well. We are even prepared to help you if you need to do something about a lost tooth. Read more

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