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July 28, 2015

Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of a dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  • pain
  • infection
  • cysts
  • tumors
  • damage to adjacent teeth
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)

Your dentist or specialist may also recommend removal to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.

In addition, the condition of your mouth changes over time. Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important so your dentist can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease and achieve optimal oral health.

July 20, 2015

Lilliwaup Hatchery


Here are a couple of pictures from the Lilliwaup Hatchery which is situated just north of the great bend of Hood Canal, near the mouth of Lilliwaup Creek. Tucked among moss-draped evergreens, the property’s natural springs provide clean water, free of pathogens and of an ideal temperature for salmon.

Rick Endicott is the Hatchery Manager dedicated to recovery, research and community involvement for programs – such as summer chum recovery in Lilliwaup Creek and steelhead and Chinook recovery in the nearby Hamma Hamma River.

You can look up LLTK (Long Live The Kings) and Rick can give you a guided tour when you are in the area. www.lltk.orgIMG_4191 IMG_4193

June 23, 2015

Fish Tale



Talk about fish tales or the “one that got away.”  Look at this monster of a salmon Dr. Russell caught in Sitka!  Can you believe it?  It was measured at 52 inches long – weighed around 45 pounds or more.

June 17, 2015

Golfing at Alderbrook Golf Course


Golfed at Alderbrook Golf Course in Union on Saturday.  Dr. Blair and his wife, Kelly, Lynda and her husband, Jeff, and of course 1 year old Audrey, Golden Retriever, came with (who can give high fives, by the way!).  We had an amazing day … the weather was beautiful and the company was the best!  We’re not going to talk about the scores, though.

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June 17, 2015

Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean


Just as it’s important to practice good dental hygiene, good toothbrush hygiene is essential. Here are five easy ways to make sure your toothbrush is truly clean:
Don’t share toothbrushes. Using someone else’s toothbrush exposes you to another person’s body fluids and potential germs, which could make you sick. People with compromised immune systems or who are sick with something they could pass on to another person should take special care to use only their own toothbrush.

Rinse your toothbrush after brushing. Give it a thorough washing to remove any leftover toothpaste or debris.

Store your toothbrush in an upright position. When you’re done brushing, try to store it standing straight up and allow it to air-dry until your next brushing. If there’s more than one brush in the same holder, try to keep them as separate as possible to prevent cross-contamination.

Keep your toothbrush out in the open. Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment, such as a closed container, is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Bristles that become frayed and worn with use and will be less effective at cleaning teeth. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes. Look for toothbrushes that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

June 3, 2015

Most Inspirational Teacher Award


Most Inspirational Teacher Award

Terry Steiner is the wonderful husband of Janet, our hygienist.  His passion has been to teach and what an amazing teacher he is!  This is his 39th year and his last … he’s retiring this month.

One of his 5th grade students, Annie, submitted a written essay for a contest held at her Orthodontist Office, Molen Orthodontics in Sumner.   You can read Annie’s write up and see photos on our Facebook page.

To Mr. Steiner’s surprise, he was chosen as the winner – he had no idea what was going on.  Dr. Molen came to Derienger Heights Elementary School bearing gifts – pizza for all the kids, gift cards, cake and balloons.  Very proud Principal Anderson joined in on the celebration and introduced Dr. Molen to the class.

Congratulations Mr. Steiner and thank you for your dedication and commitment for 39 years!

May 27, 2015



If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.