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Awesome Dental Gifts for Christmas

stockingIt can get stressful finding the ideal gift for everyone on your Christmas list. This year, why not focus on getting a gift that has practical use? There are dental gifts for Christmas that make terrific presents that the recipient can put to good use for many years.

Great Dental-Related Items

Electric toothbrush – Our family dentists recommend switching over to an electric toothbrush with rotating bristles. Some models can produce as much as 31,000 brush strokes per minute, compared to about 300 per minute for an ordinary brush. This helps remove even the most stubborn plaques and morsels of food crammed in the nooks and crannies of your teeth.

Water Flosser – A water flosser uses the combined power of water pressure and pulsation to eliminate bacteria buildup between your teeth. You can read our previous post about the integration of a water flosser into your daily oral hygiene.

Dental Gifts for Kids

Giving a kid a dental-related gift is akin to giving a package of tube socks. Why not give the kid a lump of coal while you’re at it, right? At their young age, children obviously want toys, video games, a new bike, etc. Continue Reading →

Posted on December 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Enjoy a Hearty Meal Without Compromising Oral Health

thanksgiving tipsIt goes without saying that there’s going to be a lot of delicious food on your dinner table this Thanksgiving. Some of those foods may not be the choices your family dentist recommends. While you don’t have to completely eschew your favorite dishes, we advise that you follow a few dental tips for Thanksgiving to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

1. Appetizers

Some healthy appetizers keep everyone’s appetite satiated while they anticipate the main course. We recommend the following foods for appetizers:

Crunchy vegetables – crunchy veggies require a lot of chewing, which in turn stimulates saliva flow that helps wash away bacteria buildup.
Nuts – peanuts and legumes are a healthy source of calcium that aid in teeth remineralization.
Cheese – cheddar is also a good source of calcium and is high in protein in the form of casein, which fights off cavities by fortifying teeth enamel.
2. Beverages

Do you really need to serve soda, cider, and other sugary beverages? If you wish to serve beverages besides water, then consider green or black tea. Both of these are high in antioxidants that promote oral health. You can read this report on the benefits of tea for teeth and gum health. For a double whammy, our dentists recommend preparing the tea using tap water, which contains enamel-protecting fluoride. Continue Reading →

Posted on November 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
7 Alternative Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

Osborne Square DentalYou are responsible for your own children’s dental health, not anyone else’s. Nevertheless, you can contribute to better oral health for the kids in your neighborhood by handing out alternative Halloween treats. These alternatives help ensure that your neighborhood trick-or-treaters won’t be needing dental implants by the time they reach puberty.

Give Out These Items in Lieu of Candy

Bubble Blower Toy – This is a mainstay toy that just about every child loves. The soapy water comes in a miniature plastic container with a wand for blowing bubbles.
Pogs – Pogs were a popular collector’s item in the mid-90s. Revive the trend by handing them out and showing today’s young generation that there are other ways of having fun that don’t involve a smartphone or video game controller.
Stickers – Halloween stickers can be purchased in bulk quantities at an inexpensive price. Alternatively, you can also hand out rub-on tattoos.
Bouncy balls – This is a toy commonly seen in those toy dispenser machines that also makes a great alternative to candy.
Pencil Toppers – Kids may actually be more inclined to take notes in class if they have a cool accessory to show off their pencil.
Plastic Vampire Fangs – Even kids with non-monster costumes, such as cowboys and princesses, can enhance their outfits with a set of vampire fangs. They’re one-size-fits-all and can also be worn by kids with braces or Invisalign.
Aside from fangs, you can also consider plastic spiders or skull rings, which are usually sold by the bulk at your local dollar store.
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Posted on October 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Pencil Chewing is a Teeth-Destroying Habit

Osborne Square DentalEveryone seems to have habits they do automatically without noticing it. For some people, it’s chewing on their pencils. Your children may also be doing it, especially with school back in session. If either you or your child is a pencil chewer, know that this habit will destroy your teeth.

Why is Pencil Chewing Bad?

Chewing on a pencil, or any other hard, non-food object like ice or your own finger, puts a lot of impact on your teeth. This can cause it to chip or crack. It can also compromise the structure of any existing dental work, such as fillings, veneers, and dental implants. Continue Reading →

Posted on September 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Dental Sealant Prevents Tooth Decay for Children

osborne8According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have dental caries. This is why it’s crucial to instill healthy oral hygiene habits in your little ones at a young age. You also need to take them to the dentist for regular checkups. One preventative treatment your dentist may recommend is dental sealant.

Dental Sealant Explained

Dental sealant is a thin plastic film that coats the tooth surface and acts as a protective shield against decay. Sealants are intended for children with molars beginning to grow. This usually occurs between the ages of five and seven. Once applied, the sealant lasts an average of 10 years, though your dentist should check them during routine checkups. The procedure is painless and can be applied in a single session of no more than 45 minutes.

Can Adults Get a Sealant?

Sealants are typically applied to children since their newly grown teeth are more cavity-prone. However, adults may also qualify for the treatment if they don’t have existing cavities or fillings. In some cases, adults suffering from extreme tooth sensitivity may also have sealant applied. Speak with your dental service provider; an exam will determine whether you’re eligible.

Seal Your Child’s Teeth at Osborne Square Dental

Having your children’s teeth sealed is a simple yet effective measure that will protect their molars all the way up to their teen years. This prevents unnecessary oral complications down the road. If you have young kids, then have them meet our dentists for an initial exam. If they qualify for the treatment, our CareCredit program makes the procedure affordable. Dental sealants are recommended by the best in the industry, so do consider giving your young ones the best protection against tooth decay.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

Teeth Decay Protection for Your Children

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Posted on August 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
The Impact of Puberty on Dental Health

osborne dentalNo parent needs to be reminded of the rigors of raising a teen. Aside from undergoing a period of rebellion, teenagers also experience physical changes in their body. The effects of puberty on dental health are well documented, and parents need to make sure their growing kids receive adequate oral care from an Everett dental service.

What Puberty Does to the Teeth and Gums

Puberty is that period when a boy or girl’s sex hormones go into overdrive. The excess production of testosterone or estrogen triggers the dilation of blood vessels in the gums. This leaves the area vulnerable to inflammation, bleeding, redness, and halitosis (bad breath).

Too many hormones can also lead to an increase in the level of pathogenic (bad) bacteria while decreasing the production of microbial (good) bacteria. Continue Reading →

Posted on July 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Summer Dental Care Tips From the Experts

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Summer is fast approaching. While this is the season to bask in the sun and break out the shorts and sandals, it’s also a time to pay extra care to your oral health. This is especially the case if you battle the heat with lots of outdoor activity. As a local dental service provider, we understand the importance of dental care in the summer and the precautions you should take to minimize the risk of undue harm to your teeth and gums.

Dental Advice for Swimmers

Heading to the pool? Swimming is indeed a good exercise. However, most pools are treated with chemicals that can lead to teeth discoloration. Chemically treated pool water has a higher pH that causes saliva to break down, resulting in a yellow-brown color that typically appears on the front teeth. If you’re a frequent swimmer – swimming six or more hours a week – consider a mouth guard.

Posted on June 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Diet and Oral Health: How Food Affects your Teeth

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You don’t need to be told twice that your general health is directly impacted by the foods you eat. Processed and preservative-laden foods wreck all sorts of havoc on your body and elevate your risk for preventable illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. New studies have also revealed that poor dietary habits lead to premature tooth decay. With a firm connection between your diet and oral health it certainly pays to eat healthy, as it will benefit you in more ways than one.

Posted on May 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
The Effects of E-Cigarettes on Oral Health

osborne-square-dentalThe oral health implications of cigarette smoking are well documented. Traditional cigarettes contain chemicals like ammonia, acetone and carbon monoxide. This can lead to teeth discoloration, foul breath, plaque buildup, and gum cancer. As for e-cig smokers, are there risks concerning oral health and e-cigarettes?

What the Study Shows

According to a 2011 study, 6% of electronic cigarette smokers reported mouth irritation; another 8% reported dry mouth, and 9% reported mouth ulcers after one month of use. The conclusion of the study purports no severe, long-term effects, though further research is needed to validate the findings.

It’s important to point out that unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs emit vapor instead of smoke. The vapor is produced from a mix of distilled water, flavoring ingredients, and nicotine. It’s free of most harmful chemicals found in a roll of tobacco. The nicotine, though, may inhibit your mouth’s ability to produce saliva, which can leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to bacteria buildup and decay. E-cig devices, however, do allow you to control the amount of nicotine you use. Keep the levels on the lower end to prevent your mouth from drying up.

Aside from some minor irritations, current studies show that e-cigarettes are relatively safe when it comes to your oral health. This isn’t to say that the product is safe as a whole. The American Lung Association released a 2014 report revealing that the device contains formaldehyde and other carcinogens that are known to cause cancer. Ultimately, it’s your judgement call whether to believe the device is safe or not.

Smoker or Not, Visit Your Dentist

Regular dental appointments are important regardless if you’re a smoker, non-smoker, or an e-cig smoker. Our dental services are diverse, and our dentists will let you know if e-cigarette is causing oral health problems. In any case, call Osborne Square Dental at (425) 225-5757 to meet our dentists or to learn more about our CareCredit program. Leave it to our staff to determine whether there’s a connection between your oral health and e-cigarette smoking.

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Posted on April 21, 2015 under in Helpful Tips | By admin.
Water Flossing vs. Regular Flossing

Posted on March 21, 2015 by admin
traditional flossingAny Everett dental clinic worth their salt tells their patients that flossing is essential for reducing the risk of gingivitis and gum disease. However, only about 50% of Americans floss on a daily basis and about 18% doesn’t floss at all. The numbers really aren’t that surprising considering that most people find flossing to be a time-consuming chore. If flossing feels like a nuisance to you, then consider water flossing as a potential substitute.

How a Water Flosser Works

A water flosser shoots thin and pulsating streams of pressurized water to eliminate food particles difficult to remove through regular brushing. Some models also come with a bristled brush attachment to the head to help remove sticky films of bacteria. Various models are available and generally costs anywhere from $20 to $100.

Who Is a Water Flosser For?

water flossingEverett dentists recommend a water flosser for those with osteoporosis or joint pain in the hands. These people may lack the dexterity to navigate a string floss through their teeth. It’s also suitable for those who may struggle with traditional floss due to braces.

One of the major benefits of water flossing is its ease of use. Many regular flossers may be tempted to make a permanent transition to water flossing. However, unless you have one of the aforementioned impediments, don’t be so quick to ditch your pack of string floss. According to the Mayo Clinic, water flossing is NOT a substitute for regular flossing. The former basically rinses, which helps remove bacterial colonies from surface areas, but may not completely remove plaque from the very hard-to-reach areas that can be accessed with string floss.

You may certainly elect to use a water flosser in conjunction with normal floss; just don’t use it as a replacement simply because it requires less effort and time to use.

Keep up With Your Everett Dental Appointments

Even if you floss religiously every day, it still does not negate the fact that you need to visit a dentist at least twice a year. If you don’t already have a dentist, then we recommend that you give Osborne Square Dental a call at (425) 225-5757. Our dental services are affordable, and we also provide CareCredit to make the payments manageable. Please visit our Everett Dental clinic to meet the dentists and get a tour of our facility.