Beating Horrible Halitosis

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Bad breath is no fun at all, but there are things you can do to combat it. If bad breath is an issue for you or a loved one, talk to us about it at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Common, garden-variety bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up on the teeth and forms plaque, which is bacterial. The best defense against it is brush and floss after every meal.

Foods containing garlic, onions, and other strong flavorings are in a class by themselves. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common causes of bad breath:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or Low Carb diets
  • Smoking

These all involved ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have chronic bad breath even though you brush, floss, and even use mouthwash, be sure to tell your doctor. It could indicate a blood disorder, or liver and kidney problems. It isn’t common, but it could even be an indication of cancer.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, our services include dental implants, complete restorative dentistry, and much more. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond trust us with their dental health. Please call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool: The X-ray

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At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle, providing first rate dental care is much easier when we have thorough information about our patients’ dental health.

Pictures are more accurate than written notes. Since they show what’s going on below the surface, they’re worth even more than a thousand words. Along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

Some patients worry about X-rays. They use radiation, after all. Modern X-rays are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of X-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we are committed to providing the best possible dental care. Our services include general dentistry. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our office for dental implants, and much more. restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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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5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, gum disease is preventable. It is also treatable, at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Gum disease, known formally as periodontial disease, is so pervasive in the US that it has been called a health crisis by the American Dental Association.

  1. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing daily dental hygiene and having regular dental exams are the best way to prevent gum disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can occur without the presence of decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults in the US have periodontal disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease generates no noticeable symptoms.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene (especially failing to floss), genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

Gum disease may be one of the best examples of prevention being the best medicine. With regular brushing and flossing, and checkups at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, you can prevent gum disease. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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98122

 

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6 Ways To Improve Your Smile

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Who would say no to a more attractive smile? Probably no one, and with cosmetic dentistry procedures from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, anyone can get the smile they want.

Here is a quick look at some of our most popular treatments.

  • Teeth whitening is a very common procedure used to lighten stained teeth. This quick and easy treatment is usually done in the dentist office, and the results can be extremely dramatic.
  • Bonding is a popular treatment that uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This material is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted into the desired shape, and then hardened and polished.
  • Tooth reshaping is a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile. It involves removing part of the enamel and can be used to fix small chips or to change the length or position of teeth.
  • Veneers are custom-made porcelain coverings that are very thin. They are bonded to the teeth and can be used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.
  • Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth.
  • Smile makeover. A smile makeover uses a combination of services to get dental patients the smiles they want.

If you’d like to upgrade your smile, consider cosmetic dentistry from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle. We’ve improved the smiles of people throughout Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, who also come to us for dental implants and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

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How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

How To Make Brushing Your Teeth A Habit

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is one of the best things you can do to maintain good dental health. You’ve probably heard us say that more than once, at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle.

Not many patients like to admit it, but studies show that some people have a hard time working regular brushing into their daily schedule. If that sounds like you, please keep reading. We’ve got five tips to help turn brushing into a habit.

  • In Plain Sight. Leaving your toothbrush where you’re sure to see it will remind you. In a cup on the bathroom counter, or in a holder just by it, are tried-and-true techniques.
  • Find a toothbrush you like. Leaving it in plain sight is part one. Part two? A toothbrush you like! A brush with a comfortable handle can be a pleasure to use.
  • Toothpaste, too. There’s a wide selection of toothpaste out there. You may want something specific, like a sensitive-teeth paste, or one that whitens. Just make sure you like the flavor, and that it contains fluoride. Read the label!
  • Make it fun! Making it enjoyable is a great motivator. You like your toothbrush and toothpaste. Now, how about listening to your favorite music when you brush? Or brushing while you watch TV or listen to a podcast?
  • Put it on your to-do list. A lot of us are motivated by lists. Having a to-do list of daily activities might encourage you to pick up the brush and clean those teeth. It can be satisfying to check off another item on your list.

That’s five. We have more! Set an alarm. Brush in the shower. Right after breakfast. Right before bed.

Whatever works! At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we want all our patients to have clean teeth and healthy gums. Brush twice a day, remember to floss, and see us for regular checkups. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to our practice for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

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Posted in Dental Health, Dental hygiene, General Dentistry

3 Smart Smile Solutions

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In this article from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we take a look at three procedures often used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are transforming dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the prime solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

When the final crown is placed, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth in function and appearance.

2. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic. We attach them to the front of your teeth to cover chips or cracks, gaps, and other imperfections. they leave you with a fantastic smile!

3. White Fillings
If you had tooth decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we use cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of patients every day. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call for 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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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains

Seattle Teeth BleachingOne of the most common requests we get at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle is for teeth whitening, one of our cosmetic dentistry services.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. Teeth tend to grow dull or get stained as the years go by: it’s just an unfortunate fact of life.

There are three types of stains on teeth:

  • Extrinsic stains are on the surface of teeth. They’re the easiest to remove, and are caused by things like coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking and the aging process.
  • Intrinsic stains form beneath a tooth’s enamel. They can be lightened but it may take a bit longer. They may be the result of trauma, tetracycline antibiotics, infection, or other factors.
  • Combination: Teeth may have both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.

We have two options: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Our in-office whitening takes about two hours to complete, and leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. The at-home whitening also delivers fantastic results, but lets you proceed at your convenience. Both of them surpass any over-the-counter whitening products.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we’ve improved countless smiles with teeth whitening. Patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our office for complete general dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

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Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing Gum Disease at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry

This message from Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle is about gum disease, and how you can prevent it.

Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar, which is hardened plaque.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a pocket. This creates new space for plaque for grow. In advanced stages of gum disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

So what can you do to prevent this from happening? The answer is two-fold:

  • First, brush and floss your teeth daily. Twice a day is best.
  • Get regular cleanings and check-ups.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we have treated gum disease in patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. People also come to us for complete general dentistry services, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry:

206-720-0600

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98122

 

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Fun Floss Facts

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Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Doing it is simple enough, but as in most things there is usually room for improvement. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we think trying out different types of floss is a good idea, and can help you do a better job.

The reason flossing is so important is that it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens into floss and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

What Kind Is Best?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

Here are some things to bear in mind:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

We recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are popular, but with only a tight strand of floss it’s all but impossible to wrap any around your teeth – and flossing is far more effective when you do that. They’re fine for when you’re on the go. Just be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime.

Whatever your preference, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we like to see you for a checkup every six months. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond come to our office for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next 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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Have Your Dessert!

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Join the club! No one confuses dessert with healthy food, but for many of our patients at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, it’s not realistic to recommend avoiding sugary treats.

If you fit that category, here is something useful to know: eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

That means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth, because your mouth is already in optimum cleansing mode. Sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We constantly remind our patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

A good choice? Chocolate! A lot of our patients are happy to hear that. Plain old chocolate (no nuts, no chewy inside) melts quickly away and won’t stick to your teeth. Just be sure to brush before bed!

At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, our services include comprehensive general dentistry. People from Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond also come to our practice for implant dentistry and much more. Call 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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