Happy Teeth! Dental Hygiene in Seattle

Your WA Dentist And Cleaning Your TeethClean teeth are essential to a beautiful smile. One of the benefits of visiting Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle twice a year are thorough cleanings, and reviews of your dental hygiene.

Your Partner in Oral Health
Having a professional cleaning is the only way to expel plaque (a sticky substance in which bacteria thrives) and tartar (a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to cavities).

Even if you brush and floss thoroughly twice each day (which we recommend), you’ll still benefit from a professional cleaning. The simple fact is that brushing and flossing can’t do it all.

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your dental health. Then the hygienist gets busy. All the plaque and tartar build-up is scraped away with fine hand tools. Then your teeth will be polished with special instruments and paste.

When it’s finished, your teeth will feel great: smooth and clean.

To stay on top of your dental hygiene, visit us at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry twice a year. We also offer cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening. Visit our smile gallery for examples of what we can do.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic dentistry, Dental hygiene, Teeth Whitening

Just Chill: Sedation Dentistry in Seattle

Seattle sedation dentistryAt Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry, we believe no one should be anxious about seeing the dentist. We want to do whatever is needed to get you through your dentist appointments. Many of our patients have opted for sedation dentistry.

Conscious Sedation
We use a method called conscious sedation. Patients are given a sedative, in pill form, which is taken about an hour before the procedure is scheduled to begin. It won’t put you completely out, but you will be unaware of ongoing dental work.

Patients are sometimes able to respond to questions during the procedure (nothing more complicated than yes or no). You’ll be able to breathe on your own. In some cases a patient will require a local anesthetic, like when a cavity is being filled. In that case, the local will be administered once the sedative has taken effect.

It’s important to schedule your day around the procedure. You will need a ride home afterward. Don’t expect to go to work or school that day.

If you have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be just what you need. Call Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic dentistry, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry

All About Saliva: General Dentistry in Seattle

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It’s in every mouth we know of. Sometimes it is in great abundance, sometimes it is not. It is that complex substance known as saliva. At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we know saliva has a poor reputation. But we also know how important it is to general dentistry, and to oral health.

Saliva is a finely balance fluid produced by several glands, and it is important to a healthy body. It is made mostly of water. No surprise there. Here are its other components:

  • Enzymes. Enzymes are essential biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.
  • Immunoproteins. These are dynamic cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.
  • Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

Most of us produce enough saliva, but some suffer from a condition called xerostomia, or dry mouth. This is a lack of saliva. Dry mouth can be harmful to your dental health, because germs can thrive in that environment. The gums, tongue, and other tissues can get swollen and uncomfortable. If you have dry mouth, or even think you might, be sure to let us know.

Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle specializes in cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, the most popular treatment we provide. We also practice general dentistry.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental hygiene, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Heart Health and Seattle’s Dental Health

Seattle Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Those twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings we all should get may seem inconvenient and unnecessary sometimes. But your friends at Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry in Seattle remind you: there is a link between your dental health and your heart health.

A recent study, for example, showed that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, than those who didn’t.

The study may simply indicate that people who get regular cleanings are the same folks who practice healthy habits, like exercising and eating right. But there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common oral problems like inflammation stemming from gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health,” said former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD, who did not participate in the study.

While the study found that patients who schedule cleanings yearly receive the most health benefits, Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months to catch potential issues early, saving patients time and money.

Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

To schedule a cleaning with our  dental hygienist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle today. We also provide general dentistry and oral cancer screenings.

Source: ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental hygiene, General Dentistry, Oral cancer screening

Water Flosser: A Good Idea in Seattle Dental Hygiene

Seattle should I use waterpik?

This post discusses the water flosser, also known as an interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. They are an excellent tool for the dental hygiene of our Seattle patients.

The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s. The gadget is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its introduction, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (although Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry does not necessarily endorse a specific brand.)

A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to wash particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open. That lets the water pour out as you direct the stream of shooting water at each gap between adjacent teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have verified the safety and proficiency of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have periodontal disease, perhaps. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have braces.

First, talk to us at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry about an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. Water flossing is good for:

  • Braces or other orthodontic appliances
  • A physical restriction that decreases ability to brush and/or floss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gums that bleed when flossing
  • Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
  • Aversion to flossing
  • Sensitive teeth

The team at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry would love to help you learn the best suited techniques for your dental hygiene. We also provide general dentistry and other services. Call today for an appointment.

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Dental hygiene, General Dentistry

Time For That Beautiful Smile, Seattle?

Cosmetic Dentistry Options Have you ever thought about upgrading your smile? You can! At Advanced Cosmetic Implant & Laser Dentistry, Seattle residents can get the beautiful smile they’ve always dreamed of.

One of the quickest ways to get a beautiful smile is with teeth whitening. Most whitening toothpastes simply don’t cut it, but we offer professional-grade options that can dramatically whiten your teeth in a single office visit.

If your teeth are slightly crooked, but require no orthodontic work, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Veneers are translucent, wafer-thin covers that are permanently attached to the front of teeth, correcting chips and stains. Prepless veneers do not require the removal of tooth structure.

If your teeth are more than slightly crooked, it’s not too late for braces. Seattle dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment and achieving fantastic results. The newest braces are less noticeable, more comfortable and bring teeth into alignment much faster than old-school metal braces.

Are you missing one or more teeth? One of the best tooth replacement options is a dental implant. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

Can you envision yourself with a dental makeover? Call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Implants, Orthodontics, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening

Best Reasons To Visit Your Dentist: General Dentistry in Seattle

Visit Your Seattle DentistWe’ve all know the saying: take care of your teeth, and your teeth will take care of you. Well, it’s true! And with general dentistry at Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser in Seattle, we’ll give your smile the attention it deserves.

Most experts agree that you should see the dentist at least twice a year. If you haven’t, consider the following:

  1. Check Up: This is the best way to identify and head off dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  4. Fillings: We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful issues down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  5. Prevent Gum Disease: Let Dr. Brian McKay evaluate the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  6. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have teeth whitening options available that will brighten your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  7. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  8. Cancer screening: We’ll screen you for any signs of oral cancer.

Call Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser today to set up an appointment. You’ll love our no-wait policy: we respect your time, and rarely make our patients wait for their appointments. Once you settle into the dentist chair, you have our undivided attention.

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Implants, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Teeth Whitening

Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

Bellevue cosmetic dental and tooth implants

When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. dentist Brian McKay wants to remind you to consider the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced troubles.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:
dental implants
Invisalign
cosmetic dentistry
teeth whitening

Dr. McKay is a member of Crown Council. You can learn more about Crown Council at http://crowncouncil.com/. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 206-973-2407 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our helpful team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Seattle area patients get back on track.

Serving you since 1997

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in General Dentistry

When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

Seattle orthodontics

Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways numerous 3-dimensional objects can be arranged, it is not surprising that malocclusion presents itself in numerous forms. The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this impairment called “buck teeth.”

An overbite takes place when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse condition—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can be present on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are misaligned to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is labeled a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Toddlers with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables thoroughly, they may miss out on needed nutrients due to a limited diet.

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule a thorough examination straightaway.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Invisalign

Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

Seattle Dental Team

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s article will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You most likely think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who clips the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry. They assist dentist Brian McKay during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.

When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific treatment. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.

Whether the patient is receiving dental implants, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile transformation with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.

At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.

Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have a sharp eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.

Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry is located at 600 Broadway Ste 600 in Seattle, WA. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://www.acld.com.

To schedule an appointment for an examination, consultation, or cleaning, call 206-973-2407.

 

Contact Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry:

206-973-2407

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

600 Broadway Ste 600
Seattle, WA
98122

 

Posted in Dentistry

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