What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.

Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a condition known as xerostomia (pronounced zero-STO-me-uh). It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and can lead to discomfort and swelling.

Many commonly-used medications can cause dry mouth, including:

  • Antihistamines
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Certain blood pressure medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Certain pain medication

Dry mouth can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so if these symptoms sound familiar to you, let us know.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we keep a close watch on the oral health of our patients. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant

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In this post from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we discuss dental implants as an alternative to traditional dental bridges.

Bridges have been a standard tooth replacement option for many years. There is more than one type, but the most commmon consists of an artificial tooth held in place by dental crowns on either side of the replacement.

Patients have improved biting and chewing ability with a bridge. On the downside, though, is that those neighboring teeth must be prepared by having enamel removed so there’s enough room for the replacement.

Another type of bridge doesn’t require the neighboring teeth to be prepared. The replacement tooth is supported with a frame, usually made of metal or porcelain. They are not as strong bridges held in place by crowns.

A more modern type of bridge is supported by dental implants. Implants are metal posts that are inserted directly into the jaw. Bridges secured this way are much stronger and more secure than other types of bridges.

Dental implants can support one artificial tooth, a bridge, or even a full dental arch.

If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, ask us about dental implants from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for implants and other restorative dentistry options. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Preventive Dentistry At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry

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At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care. With preventive dentistry you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental health problems.

The most effective preventive dentistry is a joint effort. You do your part with daily brushing and flossing, and we do our part with thorough cleanings and checkups at your regularly scheduled dentist appointments.

Daily brushing and flossing is the most important part of the equation. You should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush at least two minutes!
  • Remember to brush your tongue.
  • Floss with string-style dental floss or tape at least once a day.
  • Replace your toothbrush after about three months.

In addition, you should limit sugary snacks, including soft drinks. That includes simple carbohydrates like white bread. We also recommend drinking plenty of water each day. You’ll stay well-hydrated, and the water will help cleanse your mouth of food debris.

By following these simple rules you can avoid or reduce the following:

  • Gingivitis (early stage gum disease)
  • Cavities
  • Enamel loss

Preventive dentistry is one of the best things you can do for your dental health. A clean mouth is a happy mouth! At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, our services include general dentistry. People throughout Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Does My Dentist Care About My Diet?

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The typical American diet tends to be high in calories and low in nutrition. If your body is lacking in important nutrients, the tissues in the mouth may have trouble resisting infection. These infections can lead to gum disease. We’ll use this post from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to explain.

A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the MyPlate graphic to illustrate a healthy diet. Half of our meals should be composed of fruits and vegetables and the rest should be equally divided between lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we want all our patients to have good dental and overall health. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Persistent Dry Mouth?

The Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with a persistent dry feeling in your mouth. If you experience this, be sure to tell us at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a known side effect of certain medications, and is also common in people who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. It’s also caused by a condition of the salivary glands themselves, but that is less common.

Causes

There are hundreds of medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. These include prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medicine. Antihistamines, decongestants, and pain medications may cause it, as well as many other drugs.

Dry mouth is also common in older people. Older people are often taking more medication than they did when younger. The body isn’t always as efficient in processing these medications as it once was.

Tobacco and alcohol use can also bring on symptoms of dry mouth, as well as so-called recreational drugs.

Chemotherapy may have an impact on the salivary glands, and their ability to produce saliva. It might return to normal once the treatment is finished.

Complications

In addition to discomort, dry mouth can lead to increased plaque on the teeth. This can, in turn, lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Yeast infections and sores around the mouth can also occur.

People with dry mouth may also have poor nutrition, because chewing and swallowing are more difficult.

The treatment for dry mouth depends on what’s causing it. If you have persistent dry mouth but don’t know why, please let us know at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. Our services include complete general dentistry. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to us for implant dentistry, and much more. Call us to set up an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty have gum disease in some form. Fortunately, it’s a treatable condition at Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the soft tissue that holds your teeth in their sockets. It starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender.

Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If it progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This more severe condition is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Changes in your bite

As serious as gum disease is on its own, it also puts you at risk of conditions like heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is 100% preventable with regular brushing and flossing, and dental checkups.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle we treat gum disease. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to us for complete general dentistry. Please call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you think of healthy living? A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad? A cholesterol test that shows your arteries are looking good? If you pictured a white, healthy smile free of cavities, Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle salutes you.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing your teeth every day is essential to good dental health. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s the best way to keep plaque from building up on your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky film that is formed by bacteria and sugars, and coats the surface of your teeth. It’s a constant process; the stuff is always forming. That’s why you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. It’s important to remove it because plaque is what causes cavities.

Two Minute Warning

Try to brush for two minutes! Some people find that challenging. You can use a timer to help, or listen to some music to take your mind off the brushing. That way the time will fly by, and you may even go beyond that two minute minimum.

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury is out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Healthy living really does start with your smile! At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and all their dental care needs. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Dental hygiene, General Dentistry

The Future Of Tooth Decay

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Seattle

Tooth decay is the single most common dental issue there is. Unlike a cut on your finger, a cavity will not heal itself. In a worst case scenario, an untreated cavity can lead to future problems, up to and including tooth loss. That’s why we stress regular brushing and flossing to all of our patients, at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Cavities form when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day! That’s twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association.

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So cut back on sugar, brush and floss your teeth, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ

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Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the Ol’ Pearly Whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each tooth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers (although tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Brian McKay at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry
B. Dr. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Dr. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Brian McKay.

We hope you aced our quiz! Cosmetic dentistry from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle can transform your smile. We’ve improved the smiles of people from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, who also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

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A dental crown is a strong, natural-looking tooth restoration that covers the top of a damaged tooth. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we use dental crowns to solve a number of dental dilemmas.

Crowns can remedy the following issues:

  • A broken tooth with decay
  • An ill-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a considerable amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes bite misalignment

Before we can attach the crown, we must prepare the tooth. Any decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped  for the ideal fit. Then a mold is taken before a temporary crown is placed. The final, permanent crown is made in a dental lab from the mold.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle dental crowns are a reliable and versatile restoration. We’ve placed them on people from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, who also come to us for complete cosmetic dentistry services and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Restorative Dentistry

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