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September 10, 2014



  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?


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?


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.

June 5, 2013

Office Renovation Update…


It’s been a long time coming, but the renovations to the reception area and the restroom have been completed!  Our contractor did a FANTASTIC job with the updates and I think everyone will enjoy the new look.  Relax in our new chairs while watching nature scenes on our new HD flatscreen, with a scenic backdrop of Mt. Rainier on the wall.  The new tile and Wayne’s Coating in the restroom gives it a clean, modern, classy feel.  Be sure to snoop around a bit the next time you’re in for an appointment.  We’re proud to show it off!

June 4, 2013

Monthly Raffle Update…


The raffle winner for May will be going to see the Mariners play the Chicago Cubs when they come to town later this month.  Let’s hope they pull out a victory!  This month, just in time for 4th of July celebrations, we’ll be giving away a BBQ Bucket of Goodies.  Complete with all the fixins for a great outdoor barbecue, and a gift card to Fred Meyer for anything else you want that we may have left out.  It’s free to enter once every time you have an appointment in our office.  Make sure to fill out an entry form, you might just get a free Summer BBQ out of the deal!

May 21, 2013

Is there a type of chewing gum that dentists recommend?


The best type of chewing gum is any gum where the first or second ingredient listed on the packaging is xylitol (pronounced with a “z” sound).  Xylitol is a sugar that is eaten by harmful bacteria in your mouth in the same way that normal sugars are eaten.  But, then the bacteria can’t digest it and they die.  For someone who loves to chew gum, anything with a substantial amount of xylitol is going to be a good choice if you want to protect your teeth while you chew.

May 13, 2013

Continued: What should I do if my child breaks his/her tooth?


If the tooth breaks into pieces, there isn’t anything that can be done to put the tooth back together.  However, if there is a large fragment of the tooth that is easily and quickly found, it can be helpful to bring that piece with you to your dentist.  It can help the dentist rebuild the tooth to make it look more like the original.

If the tooth is completely knocked out, pick it up without touching the root.  Disturbing the tissue that connects the root of the tooth to the jaw bone will potentially cause problems for the tooth re-integrating into the child’s mouth.  If the tooth is dirty, let the dentist clean it.  After picking it up, place the tooth in a cup of milk.  Water or saliva are acceptable alternatives, but research shows that they are much less effective than milk at keeping the tooth viable long term.

Check back later for a concise summary of all the information listed in the last two posts…

May 9, 2013

What should I do if my child breaks his/her tooth?


You’d be surprised how often children fall and break, or completely knock out, one of their teeth.  Usually, it’s the front teeth.  If this happens to your child or a child you know, the most important thing to remember is to see a dentist as fast as possible.  Research shows that intervention within 60 minutes of a traumatic tooth injury gives the best likelihood of long-term health of the tooth.  More on this topic to come soon…

May 2, 2013

Monthly Raffle Update…


Our raffle winner for April won a gift certificate to Bee’s Florist, here in Covington.  $75 of flowers will go a long way toward brightening up a home or office, or making a special someone happy on Mothers’ Day.  The prize for May is two tickets to a Mariners game against the Chicago Cubs!  Make sure to fill out an entry the next time you’re in the office!