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December 18, 2014

Satisfied Patients – Jim & Marilyn Lamm

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We have had the privilege of working with two, very kind and caring couple, Jim and Marilyn Lamm.  For almost a year, they have shown commitment and dedication to their restorative care.  They worked very closely with Dr. Blair and they were extremely satisfied with the results!

They wanted to share their feedback and positive experience …

“Our Covington Family Dental Clinic care has renewed our faith in dentistry. Unlike previous disappointing experiences – resulting in many years of neglect, my wife and I both began a journey of dental restoration with extractions, implants, and finally high quality teeth. Most important in this journey (more than a year of numerous visits), has been the “team” – ALL of the small expert professional staff, especially Colleen & Lynda – helping with scheduling and financial details, Dr. Blair, and his assistant Erin, always providing a complete understanding of each procedure, answering ALL questions, with genuine compassion – notably insistent that every visit outcome was up to Dr. Blair’s (perfectionist) expectations, as well as ours. Some appointments were hours long, yet our comfort was always attended to.  In many ways we were treated as “family” rather than just patients. A very skilled and professional dental team is a blessing for us, further enhanced by your truly caring manner. “

Jim & Marilyn Lamm

December 17, 2014

Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen

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The maximum daily dose for ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is 3200mg and for acetaminophen (Tylenol) is 4000mg.  Do not exceed these amounts within a 24 hour period and if you are taking anywhere near these amounts for a number of consecutive days, make sure to consult a physician or, if for tooth pain, see your dentist.

December 16, 2014

October and November Raffle Winners

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Lexi, who is one of our younger patients, won the Comfy Cozy Basket filled with comfort food to enjoy during the cold Autumn days and a soft blanket to snuggle with.  Check out her happy smile on Facebook!

Jason and his three beautiful daughters won our November Movie Raffle!  They were the recipients of a $75.00 gift card to AMC Theatre!

October 9, 2014

Over the Counter Pain Medication

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If you need to take over-the-counter pain medication, here are a few simple facts for you:  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) works to relieve fevers and pain.  Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) works to relieve inflammation (i.e. swelling) and pain.  Naproxen (Aleve) works similarly to Ibuprofen but it lasts longer.

The maximum daily dose for ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is 3200mg and for acetaminophen (Tylenol) is 4000mg.  Do not exceed these amounts within a 24 hour period and if you are taking anywhere near these amounts for a number of consecutive days, make sure to consult a physician or, if for tooth pain, see your dentist.

September 24, 2014

Monthly Raffles

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Monthly Raffles!
As an appreciation to our patients, any time you come in for a visit, you can enter your name to our monthly raffle!  The drawing takes place the last working day of the month!
Lucky Gienger family won tickets to the Sounders game in April.  Since then, we have had winners for Mariner tickets, $75 Gift Card to Home Depot, Gift Certificate to Anthony’s Restaurant and most recently Gift Card to AMC Theatres.
Next time you’re in the office, check out the latest raffle and enter to win!

September 10, 2014

Hydrocodone

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  1. Hydrocodone, the main component of medications such as Vicodin and Norco, has been reclassified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 2 drug.  This ruling puts hydrocodone in the same class as Oxycodone (Percocet) and means the drug requires a written prescription and can no longer be called in to a pharmacy for pick up.  For more information, click here…

June 26, 2013

Can I rinse/gargle with hydrogen peroxide to clean my mouth?

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I recommend against using hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse.  It is potentially harmful to the gums and other soft tissue if used in excessive amounts over a long period of time.  Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) can break down into water (H2O) and oxygen (O2).  During this process, sometimes oxygen free radicals can be formed.  These are very reactive molecules that can potentially cause mutations within the DNA of cells and potentially lead to problems, including cancer.

While most people will not use hydrogen peroxide enough to cause these types of problems, it’s better to stick with products that are well documented to be safe, such as over the counter mouth rinses (Crest ProHealth, Listerene, Act, etc.).  Excessive use of these products is also not recommended, but read the bottle for directions on how to properly use each mouth rinse.

June 12, 2013

How effective are the tooth whitening kits (e.g. Crest White Strips) that you can buy at a grocery store or pharmacy?

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These kits are not harmful to your teeth if used correctly, and they will work, but at a much slower pace than what is prescribed by dental offices to whiten teeth.  Over the counter brands of whitening products are a weaker whitening product than dentist-prescribed treatments.  They are less harmful if they are used incorrectly and allows companies like Crest to sell them over-the-counter without danger of getting sued.  If you want an effective, efficient way of whitening your teeth you should consult your dentist.  If you don’t mind moving at a slower pace with a less reliable product, then over-the-counter whitening products work just fine.