Why Xylitol is a Good Choice

December 13, 2018

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

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month?  Our amazing Hygienists are always striving to better serve their patients and October is a time to help us raise awareness about the importance of good oral health. It is also a time to celebrate the important work they do on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have 2 wonderful hygienists that put our patients at ease and encourage them to work toward a healthier smile. National Dental Hygiene month is the perfect time to discuss the basics of periodontal disease. Read on to learn more about the … Read More

The carefree days of summer have come to an end and just like that another school year is upon us!  Our kiddos are back to waking up early and School sports are in full swing again. With sports comes the need to stay hydrated, but there are many drinks out there that can be deceiving. Many sports drinks seem to be targeted toward kids. Most also have high levels of sugar, which is why kids usually prefer them over plain water. The constant intake of these sugary and acidic beverages though, can have unwanted ill effects on our teeth. Dental … Read More

Understanding Invisalign

August 17, 2018

As many of you may know we are currently offering Invisalign clear aligner therapy in our office. We are so excited to be able to offer this service to our patients. Along with creating the perfect smile, the benefits of correcting your bite are also outstanding. With using the latest technology, we are able to make this quite a simple process by implementing the Itero scanner. The Itero scanner allows us to take a 3D scanned image of your teeth, so no impressions are needed to create your aligners. We can also use this image to create a simulation model … Read More

It’s Summer Time!

July 20, 2018

When the weather starts to warm up there are so many great things to do around our area.  Fireworks, concerts and movies in the park, and your local Farmer’s Market just to name a few.  Some of our favorite things to do at this time of the year are highlighted below! Emerald Downs Fireworks Show & Festivities–July 3rd https://emeralddowns.com Goodguys 31st Car Show-July 27 – 29, 2018   The Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals brings 3 days of exciting events. Check out the vintage drag races on Friday night, the swap meet or if your in the market, check out some great … Read More

Understanding Oral HPV

July 12, 2018

Earlier this year we began implementing a new salivary test for Oral HPV. Now you might be wondering: “Why is my dentist concerned if I have HPV?” Or you might be thinking: “It’s none of your business if I have HPV.” These are valid concerns, as this is a new screening protocol that is likely to stir up many questions. To help alleviate any fears or concerns around our new screening, we’ve put together some information below, that further explains our role as dental professionals. We’ve all heard that contracting HPV can increase a woman’s risk for cervical cancer. That’s … Read More

The Fluoride Debate

June 8, 2018

Fluoride is a controversial topic in the dental world, which is why we’ve chosen to discuss it this month. Numerous studies show that when used as directed or when added to community water in the correct amounts, fluoride significantly reduces the incidence of cavities. A frequent misconception surrounding fluoride (which is perpetuated by insurance companies) is that only children will benefit from fluoride. Each individual regardless of age, has unique risk factors for developing cavities. Our dental hygienists are trained to identify your risk for developing cavities, and evaluate this at each hygiene appointment. By determining this, we are able … Read More

For the month of May, we are talking about how important good oral health is during pregnancy. There are a few misconceptions out there to clear up and we’ll discuss how and why good home care is especially important during pregnancy. One of the biggest misconceptions involved with dental care during pregnancy is that restorative treatment and anesthetic are not safe. Receiving local anesthesia while you are pregnant does not pose a risk to you or your baby. At Dental Care of Sumner, we recommend performing treatment if decay is present, as this will worsen and ultimately cause discomfort or … Read More

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, so it only seems fitting that we discuss the increased risk tobacco users face of developing oral cancer. Both cigarettes and chewing tobacco greatly increase an individual’s chance of developing oral or throat cancer. Studies have shown that smokers are 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer and 7 times more likely to develop throat cancer than non-smokers. Each year, The Oral Cancer Foundation approximates 48,250 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and that 9,575 people die each year due to these forms of cancer. Tobacco use combined with excess consumption of … Read More