Navigating Dental Anxiety

August 22, 2019
Nitrous Oxide helps calm nerves before a procedure.

Here at Dental Care of Sumner, we are aware that very few people enjoy coming to the dentist. Typically, this stems from one or several bad experiences that occurred in a patient’s past. We absolutely understand how these experiences can put a stain on dentistry as a whole for many. We are always here to help anyone who is ready to cope with their anxiety. If you suffer from dental anxiety, or “hate going to the dentist” we do not take it personally! It is our goal to make all of our patients as comfortable as possible.  Clear Communication The … Read More


Psoriasis lesions covering the hands.

Psoriasis is something that affects many people around the world. In fact, 8 million Americans and more than 125 million individuals across the world are living with Psoriasis. Psoriasis is the result of skin cells reproducing too quickly as a result of the immune response. The body is not able to shed these cells as they produce, which is why the resulting symptom is areas of red, thickened and scaly patches of skin.  It has been found that psoriasis is a genetic autoimmune disorder but is worsened by illness, stress, alcohol and other potential factors. We will be talking today … Read More


Whitening results may lighten teeth 6 shades.

With summer quickly approaching, many of us start thinking about whitening our teeth. Although there are certain considerations to be made, almost anyone can whiten their teeth. This month we’ll discuss the safety of tooth whitening as well as the options we provide to our patients. Is this safe? One of the most common questions we receive about whitening is, “Is it safe?” Both over the counter products as well as in office procedures are safe for the teeth when used as directed. Overuse of these products may result in damage to the enamel. Whitening of any kind may make … Read More


Xray of pain in hand caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Starting this month we’re kicking off a new blog series! Every other month through the remainder of 2019 we will be focusing on a different autoimmune disease and the impacts it has on your oral health.  Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body. Their commonality though, is that the body begins attacking its own cells wreaking havoc and causing painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Over 23.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from at least one autoimmune disease. These diseases are more commonly found in women than in men. It is hypothesized … Read More


Dental Implant compared to natural teeth in jaw.

Why Choose Dental Implants? When you are told one of your teeth must be extracted it is usually for one of two reasons, either due to extensive decay or due to bone loss resulting from periodontal disease. Considering nearly half of our adult population struggles with periodontal disease, it is unsurprising that nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Combine this with the fact that about 40 million have no natural teeth at all and that is a significant amount of tooth loss. It used to be that if you were missing teeth your only option for … Read More


We can barely get through one day without hearing about the rising rates of drug addiction in our country. Or sadly, hearing the heartbreaking story of someone we know that has a loved one struggling with addiction. Drug addiction has crippling effects on families, communities and individuals. As dental professionals, we are trained and very aware to look for the oral signs of drug abuse. It is a difficult but necessary conversation we all need to have. We always have our patients best interest and overall health as our first priority. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, … Read More


Woman checking her heart rate.

You may have heard someone in your Dental office say that oral health is linked to overall health. Most individuals treat their mouths as a separate entity from the rest of their body and ignore the fact that what goes on here has a large correlation to many other health issues. Since this month is National Heart Awareness Month we’re focusing on the link to heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. Periodontal disease affects nearly … Read More


  Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? In January, many of us are contemplating how we can make this year even better than the last. Year after year “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s “Resolution List”. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating more healthily and taking a more active approach to health. Many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some tips below to help you improve your oral health and subsequently your overall … Read More


Why Xylitol is a Good Choice

December 13, 2018
Xylitol

You may have heard about Xylitol by now. It is most often found in candies and chewing gum in place of sugar. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sourced from corn or birch trees. It has a texture and sweetness both comparable to sugar, but with less ill effects. Xylitol is non-fermentable, meaning our oral bacteria can’t use it to produce cavity causing acids. It also prohibits bacteria from adhering to cellular tissue. This prevents oral bacteria from thriving. Xylitol contains about 40% less calories than regular sugar and has little to no effect on insulin and blood sugar levels. This … Read More


Is Dry Mouth Normal?

November 8, 2018

Have you experienced Xerostomia or what is more commonly known as dry mouth? Or do you feel like this is happening on a regular basis? Well if you have suffered from dry mouth, you are certainly not alone. As many as 400 medications list Xerostomia as a side effect. You can check this list, to see if your medication is one of them. Xerostomia can have unwanted consequences on our teeth. The lack of saliva disrupts the pH balance in the oral cavity, often making it more acidic. Cavity causing bacteria thrive in this environment so your risk for decay … Read More