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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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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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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Dental Hygiene: The Answer to Bad Breath?

  Nobody wants stinky breath, but not everyone knows how to handle the odor coming from his or her mouth.   Halitosis, commonly known as “bad breath,” can be a sign of poor dental hygiene, gum disease, caries, a yeast infection of the mouth, or in some cases other health conditions such as kidney or…

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What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? Sodium lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an active ingredient in many toothpastes and can promote microscopic damage to the oral tissues in some patients.  Some patients that have a sulfite allergy or are sensitive to certain sulfa products, such as SLS will find it is beneficial to try SLS-free toothpastes. Here…

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How do I know if I am brushing right?

Here are some easy ways to tell if you are brushing right and to provide yourself with positive reinforcement: The Tongue Test: Have you ever noticed after a professional dental cleaning how slick and smooth your teeth feel right down to the gum line?  Well, that’s how they should feel every time you brush your…

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