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Signs of Periodontal Disease You Need to Know Now

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Periodontal disease is a serious oral health condition that requires immediate intervention in our Seattle, WA dental office.

Periodontal disease occurs when you have an infection in the tissue and structures around your teeth. This includes your gums, alveolar bone, and ligaments. Whenever possible, you want our Seattle, WA general dentist to diagnose and treat this condition quickly to prevent tooth loss and systemic infections.

The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The early signs of periodontal disease (gingivitis) may not have many symptoms, which is why preventive maintenance is so necessary. This includes:

  • Visiting our dentist regularly
  • Seeing our Phinney Ridge Dental hygienist every six months for dental cleanings
  • Brushing and flossing at least twice per day

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Why Dental Exams Are Important

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Brushing and flossing at least twice per day, and minimizing sugar intake, are important steps when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, these practices cannot take the place of regular dental cleanings.

While brushing and flossing remove some plaque, bacteria, and tartar, dental cleanings are designed to clear away anything you’ve missed. Also, a fluoride application, part of many dental cleanings, helps keep teeth strong.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we believe that each patient’s dental cleaning needs are unique, which is why we always customize our approach.

Let’s look at a few cleaning options.

The Prophy or Routine Cleaning

For patients with good dental habits—who keep routine dental appointments—the prophy is usually ...

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The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

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You brush and floss your teeth with diligent regularity, follow all of the recommendations from your dentist like using fluoride toothpaste and cleaning your tongue, so dental cleanings are optional, right? Not so! Here are the reasons we recommend twice-yearly dental cleanings in our Phinney Ridge dental office to keep your smile looking its best and feeling healthy.

Plaque Turns Into Tartar

Even if you take your time and do a thorough job cleaning your teeth, your toothbrush and floss cannot reach every nook and cranny of your teeth. Plaque tends to collect between the teeth and just below the gumline and will quickly harden into tartar before you know it.

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Why You Should Avoid the Trend of DIY Dental Cleanings

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Recently, a few patients who have visited Phinney Ridge Dental excitedly shared that they have been using a DIY dental hygiene kit at home. Sold online through discount and coupon sites, DIY dental hygiene kits contain a small metal pick to remove tartar from the teeth. 

While our patients had good intentions, your experienced dentist in Seattle, WA will likely advise you to set that DIY cleaning kit aside and schedule a professional dental cleaning instead. 

Why You Should Never Use DIY Dental Hygiene Kits

You might damage your gums. The pick provided in DIY dental cleaning kits can slip and pierce the delicate gum tissue. Damage to your gums will hurt ...

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3 Ways Your Nutrition Impacts Your Oral Health

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If you are like most busy families, you likely want a place where your whole family can have their dental care in a single location. For a family dentist is Ballard or Seattle, we invite you to get in touch with Phinney Ridge Dental. We love treating the whole family and creating a culture in our dental practice where everyone feels relaxed and well-cared for.

Nutrition Impacts Healthy Infant Tooth Development

If you recently found out that you are expecting, it is essential to know that the development of teeth begins in the womb. Specific nutritional deficiencies can impact the development of your unborn child’s teeth.

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Do You Know the Truth behind These Health Myths?

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We hear a lot about fake news these days, but the fact is that certain myths have always surrounded dental care and dental treatments. We are here to help demystify the facts when it comes to your oral health. We work hard to educate patients and empower them to take control of their oral health and smile.

Here are some common dental myths you may have heard. Be sure to ask us about any others you are uncertain about!

Brush Teeth Immediately after a Meal

About 50 percent of people believe that they should brush their teeth right after they eat a meal. It is important to wait about 30 minutes to allow ...

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