1. Aging and Dental Health – Part 3

    (Part 3 of 3)     It is important to maintain regular appointments with your family dentist.  As we age, we face additional challenges to our dental health.    Oral Cancer exams are important This screening includes examination of the head and neck as well as inside of your mouth. Those who drink alcohol, use tobacco, or have HPV are at increased risk for oral cancer.   Cavities ar…

  2. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH?

    Why would your family dentist recommend an electric toothbrush? • An electric toothbrush facilitates more thorough oral hygiene. Why is an electric toothbrush more effective? • There is a tendency for many of us to brush TOO HARD when we brush our teeth manually. This can damage the gums and lead to degradation of tooth enamel. • The bristles on a manual toothbrush don’t necessarily remove…

  3. October is Dental Hygiene Month

    In honor of dental hygiene month, Jeanine and Jean, our fabulous dental hygienists offer a few tips to enhance your oral hygiene routine: Choose the right tools and use them in the most effective ways: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.                                                                           …

  4. Dental Hygiene Month

    October is Dental Hygiene Month.  This is a perfect time to call your family dentist to schedule an appointment for routine cleaning and preventative maintenance of your oral health.   Why is this important? Regular dental hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Early detection and intervention when there is a problem means it is easier to fix any issue. Your dental health affects your over…

  5. WHAT DENTISTS THINK ABOUT CHEWING GUM

    You may have seen advertisements for chewing gum claiming that a particular brand of gum has been “approved by dentists,” but what does that even mean? Do Dentists actually approve of chewing gum and do they endorse specific brands? The answer is… Yes and No! Dentists do not recommend chewing gum: If you have temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMD/TMJ) and/or jaw pain. If you chew gum swee…

  6. Why should I see a Prosthodontist for dentures? (Part 3 of 3)

    What is a ‘prosthodontist' anyway? A prosthodontist is a dentist who, after completing dental school, also becomes a specialist in the field of restoration of the jaw and mouth — after completing an additional three years of advanced training through an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. (‘Prostho’ means ‘replacement’ and ‘dontist’ means ‘pertaining to or dealing with…

  7. Dentist Near Parkland, WA | Walk-in Dental Clinic For Family

    When you seek a skilled, caring and personable dentist in Parkland, WA, the team from Distinctive Dentistry are here to provide custom solutions for any and all of your dental care needs! We understand that every member of your family has different goals for their smile, and only a qualified, multi-talented specialist can help families achieve those goals in one office. This is where our practice …

  8. What are the Pros and Cons of Getting Dentures? (Part 2 of 3)

    Reasons you may want to consider getting dentures: Dentures today are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth due to advances in technology. Dentures may reduce the chances of getting TMJ in some situations Dentures help you maintain your smile when you have missing teeth Partial Dentures can keep your teeth from moving if you have a gap Partial Dentures can prevent wear and tear on remaini…

  9. What Are Dentures and what Types of Dentures are available? (Part 1 of 3)

    Dentures are a (usually) removable replacement for missing teeth and tissue. There are a number of different types of dentures. They can be made of a flexible plastic, metal, acrylic, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. You and your Prosthodontist will work together to determine which option is right for you: Complete Dentures — are manufactured teeth which are attached to a removabl…

  10. What you should know about your dental appointment if you suffer from cold sores:

      We often see patients who suffer from cold sores. Nearly 70% of American citizens test positive for herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) —  the virus that causes cold sores.   Canker sores and cold sores are different.  Canker sores occur only inside the mouth, are not caused by a virus, and are not contagious.   Cold sores occur primarily outside the mouth, on the border of the lip.  Col…