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You'll Want to Replace Your Toothbrush after You Read This Blog!

When is the last time you swapped out your old toothbrush for a new one? If it’s been a while, you might want to head out immediately and buy a new one. According to a blog posted by the New Zealand Herald, the toothbrush you’ve been putting into your mouth every day is probably pretty gross. It lists the microorganisms that are likely on it, including feces and herpes.But before you panic and vow never to brush your teeth again, there are steps your dentist in Woodinville will recommend so you can protect the cleanliness of your toothbrush—and protect your own health as well.Replace Your Toothbrush Every Three MonthsMake ...

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Chew gum to prevent cavities?

Is Xylitol Really the Ultimate in tooth Decay Prevention?The effectiveness of Xylitol products (such as gum and candy), in preventing tooth decay, has now been commonly accepted by the public. Very often I get patients telling me "I should never again get a cavity because I chew Xylitol gum." But how effective is Xylitol at preventing decay?It's important to understand that in the realm of science, belief does not always coincide with reality. An example: my mother used to tell me as a young child not to play in the cold, as the cold weather will cause me to get sick. We now know that it's ...

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Root Canal treatment: Common misconceptions

The purpose of this month's post is to talk in depth about a commonly misunderstood procedure, the Root Canal!1) "When you do a root canal on my tooth, I will be left with a dead tooth, right?"This belief about a "dead tooth" resulting from a root canal is a very common belief. However, it is not true. According to Clifford Ruddle, one of the leading authorities in the dental world regarding root canals: “anybody that’s even been remotely involved in dentistry, would know that any “dead” tooth would be exfoliated and rejected by your own immune system. An endodontic tooth is a vital tooth because the body perceives it as ...

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When should your child first visit the dentist?

One common question we get asked is whether or not we see kids. The answer is yes! We love to see kids. We see kids of all ages. Our approach towards kids in general is to make the experience fun and not scary. We have several ways of doing this, for younger kids, after their appointment, they get to pick a toy out of our treasure chest. In fact it's not uncommon for kids to look forward to coming to see us just so they can get a prize! We have also found that many kids react quite well to magic tricks, as this can put even the most scared ...

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How to save money at the Dentist

In the last blog, we discussed how dental insurance works and how the benefits provided by dental insurance are sometimes not adequate in dealing with the dental problems. Getting good quality Dental care is further complicated by the rising healthcare cost. In light of these facts, it is becoming more and more important to learn about ways to save money at the dentist. In this blog entry I intend to highlight a few points which I believe will help you rein in the cost of dental care.1. Prevention is the keyAs the old saying goes - An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of care. This ...

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Dental insurance in nutshell

Many people think that dental insurance is the same as medical insurance, and are shocked when they find out it isn't. How does dental insurance work? We can think of it as a coupon or a voucher that allows the patient to receive a limited amount of dental services. And when I say "limited," I really do mean "limited" when compared to the coverage that one receives through medical insurance. Dental insurance providers have all kind of limitation on how this amount can be used. Sometime they put 6 months to 1 year waiting period . Many time they severely limit the procedures which can be done.Most dental ...

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Teeth Whitening-Part 2

Welcome back friends, this would be an eagerly awaited continuation of my previous blog on teeth whitening. Today, I will shed some light in the various techniques used in this process…Let’s start with the basics, as many of you would already know, for any whitening system to be effective, apart from your dentist’s expertise, it needs time, strength of the solutions and intimate contact with the teeth surface. It works with simple logic, a higher strength solution would take less time to whiten the teeth but in process, can cause increase in teeth sensitivity, gum irritation etc. and a lower strength solution would need more time to act ...

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