Oral Health and Cannabis Use

Cannabis Use

Since 2012, recreational cannabis (marijuana) usage has been legal in Washington State. Since then, its use and consumption has increased, giving us a better picture of the effects it has on a user’s oral health. As legalization is still relatively recent and has not been adopted by all states, there still isn’t a lot of … Read more

Have You Heard of Tooth Resorption?


You may have heard of resorption when describing the part of the dental developmental process of primary/baby teeth. When primary teeth are resorbed, the dentin or cementum (outer) layers begin to be absorbed by the body. This process allows the primary tooth to make room for the permanent tooth that is waiting to take its … Read more

Dental x-rays… to have or not to have?

Dental x-rays

The question is: How often and when are dental X-rays needed? Many people do not understand the importance of updated imaging. The answer in some cases might be that you don’t need radiographs each year, but every 18-24 months. The need for radiographs is in part, based on your risk for developing decay, habits, previous … Read more

TMJ Disorders and Recommendations

TMJ Disorders and Recommendations

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ Disorder) syndrome is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury or inflammation to the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the jawbone and the skull. Temporomandibular dysfunction includes a wide range of disorders that often overlap. They include muscle problems that often affect jaw movement, … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Sjogren’s Syndrome and the impact on oral health

Autoimmune Series: Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s causes your immune system to go haywire and attack healthy cells instead of invading bacteria or viruses. When you have Sjogren’s syndrome, your eyes, mouth,and other parts of your body get dried out. There are treatments that bring relief, though. Conditions like this are called autoimmune diseases. Your white blood cells, which normally protect … Read more

Senior Oral Health and Hygiene

Senior Oral Health and Hygiene

As we age our risk for oral disease increases, with advancements in medical technology we’re living longer than we ever have. Good oral health and preventing oral disease are especially critical because each day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 and basic Medicare doesn’t include dental care, when many people need it most. We will review … Read more

Autoimmune Series Part 3: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases effect on Oral Health

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases effect on Oral Health

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Types of IBD include Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Due to the chronic inflammation eventually damaging the GI tract, the resulting symptoms are painful. A blood test can detect any indication of inflammation. A stool … Read more

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone! Many people with dental anxiety have a sense of uneasiness when it’s time for their appointments. They’ll have exaggerated or unfounded worries or fears. Beyond general anxiety is often a deep-rooted fear. It can stem from one or several bad … Read more

Psoriasis and oral health

Psoriasis and oral health

There is a lot more going on under the surface of this skin disease beside the obvious symptoms. What you can see is only part of the story. With normal skin, your body takes 28-30 days to produce new skin cells and shed the old ones. While those who have psoriasis produce new skin cells … Read more

Options for Whitening your Smile!

Whitening your Smile!

With family and friends summer events in store for all of us, there are always lots of photos taken. When we look at photos, our smiles are one of the first things noticed. You can feel confident about yours with a whiter smile! Whitening products are the most popular, sought after, cosmetic dental procedures because … Read more