People who develop issues with dental sensitivity can find that foods and drinks they once enjoyed are difficult to consume. Sensitivity issues can be triggered by hot and cold products, as well as by items that are higher in sugar. Even if the problem is not painful throughout the day, those bursts of discomfort can quickly become frustrating. There are several issues that can lead to dental sensitivity. One possible cause is gum line recession. When your periodontal tissues move, they can expose more of your tooth structure. Unfortunately, the portions that are exposed have less natural protection, which can make them more sensitive. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, patients who are bothered by this issue can discuss their concerns at their next routine dental exam. We can determine if gum line recession is an issue, or find out if another problem is responsible. Read more

Is there a way to keep your smile safe without flossing? When you consider this question, it helps to acknowledge how a toothbrush is limited in its ability to fully clean your teeth. The right brush can help remove bacteria and food debris from the grooves between the cusps of a tooth, and to help clear away harmful debris from the surfaces of those teeth located at the back of your smile. However, the bristles are less effective at reaching into the spaces where teeth meet. If you are not flossing, these spaces can experience a buildup of bacteria and food particles as time passes. When you ignore that accumulation, you become more vulnerable to issues with tooth decay as well as gum disease. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office offers support with preventive dental care by providing our patients access to regular exams and cleanings. We can also offer tips to help you make sure you are keeping your teeth clean on a daily basis. Read more

If you know that something is wrong with your oral health, or you strongly suspect that an aching tooth needs restorative dental work, you should look into treatment as soon as possible. If you put off care, you become vulnerable to oral health complications that can hurt your smile and general well-being! Our Seattle, WA dentist's office is prepared to support individuals who worry that they need to be treated for a cavity or dental injury. If you hesitate to look into treatment because of dental anxiety, we can discuss how treatment can be made less stressful. For those who are anxious about treatments in general, or those who worry about a particularly involved procedure, dental sedation can help! Read more

If you have a toothache, it can be hard not to believe that something might be wrong with your oral health. That does not mean that every small discomfort is a sign of urgent trouble, of course. For example, people sometimes experience tooth pain due to sinus problems. With that said, you should take your concerns seriously, and you should certainly worry if discomfort is not ceasing over an extended period of time. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, patients who worry about a toothache can meet with us to discuss their oral health. A toothache can be a sign of infection, which means that the matter will worsen until a root canal procedure is performed. Read more

You should take any symptoms of poor periodontal health seriously, as the problem can worsen over time if you do not address it promptly. One issue in particular to watch out for is trouble with gums that bleed easily. This is not a sign that you should avoid this area of your smile when you clean it! Periodontal tissues can bleed more easily when they are infected, which means work is needed to fight bacteria that have moved below your gum line. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, patients who are worried about their oral or periodontal health can look forward to consistent support during their routine dental exams. If necessary, we can even perform a targeted periodontal cleaning in order to fight those bacteria responsible for your infection. Read more

happy child at dentist's officeAny time your child has a health problem, it can upset you as well as them. Problems with their oral health can be especially concerning, because treatment can require a trip to the dentist's office. At our Seattle, WA dentist's office, we are able to help parents keep their kids safe from problems like tooth decay by providing quality preventive care. If a problem does occur and your child needs a cavity treatment, we can offer conservative treatment to protect them while minimizing changes to their tooth structure. While kids can be uneasy about cavity treatment, it can be important to arrange it as soon as possible. If too much time passes, decay can cause problems that affect an adult tooth that has not erupted yet, or interfere with the development of their oral structures. Read more

Some stress can be inescapable, but we do have control over how much impact stress can have on our daily lives. If you take care to avoid stress, and manage it when it is unavoidable, you can limit its effects on you. People who struggle to do this can experience more than just emotional turmoil; prolonged periods of stress can have negative physical effects. One effect of stress that should concern you is teeth grinding. When you are repeatedly grinding or clenching your teeth, you wear down the enamel, which can cause cosmetic problems as well as potential dental injuries. If you continue to struggle with this issue, you should know that our Seattle, WA dentist's office can provide a custom mouth guard to keep teeth safe. Read more

image of a woman confident enough to show off her healthy smileWhen you brush and floss your teeth consistently, you are protecting more than just your smile - you can also work to maintain your overall health. Your oral hygiene routine fights the accumulation of oral bacteria. By keeping your mouth free of unwelcome agents, you can defend yourself against potential infections from bacteria that travel from your mouth to different parts of your body. You can also avoid complications from oral health problems that can negatively impact your quality of life. While your daily oral care routine is important, you should also take advantage of professional preventive dental services. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office can help you avoid smile troubles during every routine dental evaluation, and by performing restorative dental work whenever it is necessary. Read more

example of a caffeinated beverageIf you choose to not brush your teeth for a day, it can be easy to see how your inaction might hurt your oral health. It may seem obvious to point out how your behaviors can affect your smile, you may not realize just how many of your actions have the potential to affect your risk for problems like tooth decay. People who rely on caffeine to help them stay alert during the typical day may be surprised at the effect their beverage choices are having on their smile, particularly if they favor drinks that are higher in sugar. Our Seattle, WA dentist's office has experience helping patients keep their teeth healthy. In addition to providing in-office support through cleanings and dental exams, we can help you identify habits you should change in order to avoid future oral health issues! Read more

If you no longer feel comfortable putting pressure on a certain tooth, the change in your bite function can create more problems than you might realize. Increasing the work done by surrounding teeth can lead to more friction, and ultimately lead to greater wear and tear. You may also begin to struggle with jaw pains, and increase your chances of developing troubles with teeth grinding. Of course, this ignores another concern - you could be ignoring an oral health problem that will continue to worsen without treatment! If you think something might be wrong with a tooth because it is too sore or sensitive to support bite pressure, our Seattle, WA dentist's office can help. By restoring the health of your tooth, we can make sure a potential problem is resolved before the issue worsens, and before you develop lasting problems with your bite. Read more

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