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October 9, 2014

Over the Counter Pain Medication


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


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



  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.