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.                                                                                        This allows easier access to hard-to-brush places, and reduces damage to…

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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…

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Dental Emergencies (Part 2 of 2)

What to do if you crack, fracture or knock out a tooth: If you crack, fracture or accidentally knock out a tooth, it is essential that you contact your family dentist IMMEDIATELY.  Your tooth may be saved if your dentist has a chance to repair the damage shortly after the accident. What you can do…

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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…

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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.      …

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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…

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Dentist in Tacoma WA – Dental Office For the Whole Family

Being affiliated with more than one office for your complete dental care can be stressful and time-consuming. Fortunately, you can find a one-stop, full-service dentist in Tacoma, WA. At Distinctive Dentistry, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive dental care of the highest quality to local residents. In a city of almost 208,000 people, it is…

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Tooth Shade Fillings, Fife, Tacoma, WA

When it came to repairing dental cavities, the only available solution in the past was silver amalgam fillings. However, there has been significant advancement in the fillings industry in recent years, leading to the development of a more aesthetically appealing option of composite (tooth-colored) fillings. If you are looking for a dentist offering both types…

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Sedation Dentistry – Nitrous Oxide | Dr. Keith Phillips

Dental anxiety is a common experience. Although most folks don’t readily admit it, the truth is, the main reason many people avoid seeing their family dentist is that they have fear of pain. Fortunately, both patient anxiety and pain that may arise during a procedure can be addressed through “sedation dentistry.” Nitrous oxide — commonly…

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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…

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