How Does COVID-19 Affect Oral Health?

COVID-19 negatively impacts the oral health of many patients — even those patients who have not contracted the disease. A consequence of this unprecedented pandemic is that dentists are seeing a significant spike in cavities, cracked teeth, and gum disease. Dentists in some areas have reported a 120% increase in patients with these issues, compared…

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The link between oral health & overall health

Good Oral Health = Good Overall Health   Oral health is essential to overall health. Your dental care provider may focus primarily on teeth and gums, but the truth is, your family dentist does not treat oral health in isolation from other health issues. In fact, dental health professionals play a key role in your…

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Dental Sealants

Your family dentist has a treatment that is highly effective in preventing cavities: dental sealants. Sealants are a simple, successful and cost-effective measure your dentist can take to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth.                                                 What are they? Dental sealants are a thin plastic film that your family dentist paints on the chewing surface…

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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…

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Root Canals

What is a root canal? Beneath the tooth enamel and dentin, there is soft tissue known as pulp. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, connective tissue, and the blood vessels — the “roots” of your tooth.  When pulp tissue becomes infected, your family dentist performs a “root canal” to remove the infected or damaged…

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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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What To Expect at our Dental Implant Practice

At our dental office, we are fully committed to providing optimal care for our patients using high quality materials suited to individual patient needs. Here’s what you can expect: Exam The process begins with a very thorough exam: head and neck evaluation, cancer screening, periodontal evaluation and charting, functional/occlusal evaluation, biomechanical and structural evaluation, and…

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What is CTX4, and why should I use it?

CTX4, formally known as Phlourigel, is a 1% sodium fluoride gel that contains xylitol. Fluoride and xylitol are important in the prevention of dental caries.  It has a neutral pH balance and is superior to many over the counter brands of toothpaste. The primary goal of CTX4 is to prevent tooth decay. Your Distinctive Dentistry…

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A general dentist in Washington advises on the use of dentures

  Loss of teeth due to old age, decay, and/or disease can be quite a challenging experience. Dentures, when installed by experienced dentists in Washington, have been a reliable and sought after dental rehabilitation treatment plan for quite some time and for good reason. Full or partial tooth loss does not only affect ones sense…

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