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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 all ...

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Common Reasons You Might Need Oral Surgery

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Often dentists refer patients to oral surgeons when surgery is required. This means meeting a new dentist, possibly some travel, and a taste of the unfamiliar.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, our dentist performs most surgeries on site. This means you and our dentist don’t have to rely on an outside surgeon’s timetable. And our in-office dentist is free to create the best timeline for optimal outcomes!

Our dentist performs oral surgeries with fantastic results!  Let’s looks at a few common oral surgeries.

Dental Extractions

There are several reasons why you might need a dental extraction. These include:

  • Trauma from an accident
  • Deep decay
  • Infection
  • Damage
  • Misalignment
  • Overcrowding
  • Complications with wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth often shift and put pressure on other teeth, and ...

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How a Minor Cosmetic Treatment or Procedure Can Greatly Improve Your Smile

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A minor cosmetic treatment or procedure, performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist or dental professional, can give you optimal results and really enhance your smile. 

Often people think cosmetic dentistry means constant visits to the dentist, scheduled dental work, and time away from the job and family. This is not the case. 

Many cosmetic procedures can be completed in only a few sittings. Also, a minor procedure can cover or correct several issues. This means fewer dental visits and less time away from work and family!   

Cosmetic Treatments or Procedures to Consider

Porcelain Veneers

These thin shells cover existing teeth and conceal a host of flaws. In other words, if you want teeth that ...

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Finding the Right Dentist in Seattle for Your Children

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As a parent, your child’s smile is probably the most precious thing in your life, which makes finding the right dental practice for children’s dentistry in Seattle so important. You might first rush off to the nearest pediatric dentist, but trips all over town to get your family’s dental cleanings and check-ups quickly become cumbersome.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, our team welcomes children with a family-friendly atmosphere that suits patients of all ages. Many of our team members are parents themselves and understand the unique challenges that parents face when helping children develop healthy habits.

First Dental Visits for Kids

We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation that kids should have ...

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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.

Once tartar ...

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3 Questions You Should Ask at Your Orthodontic Evaluation

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Searching for an orthodontist in Phinney Ridge presents your family with a number of options, and finding the one that will work best for you can have an impact on your outcome and your overall experience.

Rather than jumping in feet first into orthodontics, be sure to go armed with some questions to make sure that your results are the best possible. Your orthodontist will be able to address any concerns you have.

Will Orthodontics Give Me Improved Oral Health?

Changing the alignment of your teeth is about more than just having a stunning smile, though it is probably our patients’ favorite part of having braces or aligners. If you have TMJ (jaw ...

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Finding the Best Children's Dentist in Seattle

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Searching for a family dentist and finding one you trust may take a little research so that you feel comfortable and that you are receiving the very best care for you and your family. 

You might also consider children’s dentistry in Seattle to look after your children’s teeth and smile. Fortunately, Dr. Micah Bickel is a family dentist who provides outstanding gentle dentistry for everyone from your toddler to your great-grandparents.

Pediatric Dentistry for Growing Kids

Children require specific dental care to help them create a healthy foundation for good oral health. As with overall health, getting started early with preventive dentistry can mean fewer problems as an adult.

While the specialty of pediatric ...

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