What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common yeast infection that grows inside of the mouth and on the tongue. It is caused by the Candida albicans fungus.   What are the symptoms of oral thrush? Initially, oral thrush may be asymptomatic. However, as time passes and the fungus continues to grow, the…

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Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

Roughly 10% to 20% of Americans avoid going to their family dentist because of Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia. Dental Phobia leaves people panic-stricken at the thought of going to the dentist, and these patients exhibit classic avoidance behavior. They will do everything possible to avoid going to their family dentist. People with dental anxiety…

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Family Dentist Near Federal Way, WA

Distinctive Dentistry, Dental Clinic Near Federal Way On I-5, Fife, Tacoma, WA When you are in need of a dentist in Federal Way, WA, specializing in a full spectrum of dental services, the team from Distinctive Dentistry is only one call away! There are few things more stressful than visiting a series of dentists to…

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Family Dentistry Basics: Gingivitis

Distinctive Dentistry is a family, cosmetic, and restorative dental office serving the greater Tacoma and Puyallup communities. We want to help you prevent gum disease! One form of gum disease, gingivitis, is the build-up of plaque around the gum line which causes swelling and bleeding. Gingivitis can occur in anyone and requires increased vigilance around…

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Oral Health Tips for College Students

When heading to college for the first time, teenagers- now officially adults – often need to be reminded about the importance of their oral health. They are fully independent and living on their own for the first time, and many can develop bad habits or simply forget now that their parents are not there to…

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Dental Health Basics for Toddlers

“I can do it myself!” Parents of toddlers are familiar with this announcement as their children progress into the age of self-awareness and growing independence. Even so, children need assistance with oral hygiene. Your child’s dentist is a valuable resource for developing an effective daily oral care routine that also embraces your toddler’s enthusiastic independence….

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Dental Health Basics for Babies

Parents often ask when they should start taking their kids to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: the first visit should no later than the child’s first birthday and then at regular intervals as recommended by your child’s dentist. Why so early? The…

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Dietary Dental Do’s

Welcome back to the Distinctive Dentistry Blog . As your family dentist, I wanted to focus on some helpful “Dietary Do’s” for you, this time. Here are some dietary dental tips: You Don’t Have To Pray To The Calcium Gods, Just Eat Foods That Contain Calcium – Since calcium is a major component of bones and teeth, you must…

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