1. Ultrasonic Scaling as Part of Dental Treatment

    What is Ultrasonic scaling?      “Scaling” is the removal of hard deposits on the surface of the tooth.      When bacteria in the mouth builds up into plaque and tartar on the teeth, it may cause the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This can create pockets filled with plaque, and normal flossing and brushing will not remove the plaque from these pockets.      An u…

  2. Dental Emergencies (Part 1 of 2)

    What constitutes a Dental Emergency?   Any type of serious injury to the lips, mouth, cheek, or tongue is a dental emergency. You should call your family dentist immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: If you have been hit in the mouth, or hit your mouth hard on something.                                                                  If you h…

  3. Toothbrush replacement

    Summer is officially here! How about starting a tradition of replacing your family’s toothbrushes at the beginning of each new season? Here’s why: Over time, toothbrush bristles become warn and frayed. When this happens, they are less effective at cleaning. The changes can be so subtle as to only be seen under a microscope, and yet the reduced efficacy is substantial. This is true of manual an…

  4. Dental Health Basics for K-6 Kids

    The years when kids are in elementary school are very important, in terms of setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. Baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, many kids are actively engaged in sports, and the sphere of influence in kids’ choices broadens dramatically. So let’s look at a few common issues that come up during this stage and are good topics of discussion with your…

  5. Are Dental Implants Created Equal?

    When choosing dental implants for our patients, there are thousands from which to choose from and that number continues to rise. How does a dentist decide how to choose the right system for patients? The answer is a complex combination of mechanics, chemistry, physics, research, training, and experience. First and foremost, we choose dental implants that are manufactured by reputable companies wit…

  6. Tri-College Day – 3/6/2015

    Event: Tri-College Day, sponsored by Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists, and American College of Dentists, Seattle Date: March 6, 2015 Role/Description: Lecture: Fixed Removable Hybrids Information:  www.fauchard.org www.icd.org www.acd.org…

  7. General Dentist Lecture – Portland OR – 3/19

    Event: General Dentist Lecture Date:  March 19, 2015 Role/Description: Lecture to area general dentists: Joining the Evolution -- Simplicity and Increased Predictability in Modern Implant Dentistry Information: To Register: Steven Erickson at 781-810-6633 or steven.erickson@dentsply.com.…

  8. Our Patients Love The Dental Care They Get Here

    Welcome back to the Distinctive Dentistry Blog. We are celebrating this Valentine’s month by sharing some wonderful words that our patients have shared in testimonials. What we would like you to notice is a common theme of not just great dental care, but also how often they expressed that they were taken care of by kind people. At Distinctive Dentistry, you get a full gamut of expert dental proc…

  9. Family dentistry in Puyallup: Why it’s important to include fluoride in your child’s diet and dental treatment

    Fluoride is a mineral found in different foods as well as your water supply in varying amounts. It plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, as it helps strengthen the outer layer of enamel on each of your teeth. It also helps to repair damage done by the acid the harmful bacteria in your mouth produce, preventing the enamel from being eaten away to form cavities. While cavity protection …

  10. How to take care of your dental crown – Tacoma cosmetic dentistry advice

    Dental crowns are a cosmetic dentistry product often recommended to patients who have a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. Made of porcelain and designed to perfectly fit with the rest of your natural, healthy teeth, these caps completely cover your damaged tooth, restoring your smile as well as the functionality of your mouth. Looking after your dental crown does require some special care. F…