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

Spring is in the air and there is so much to do around the Sumner area!  The sun is shining so it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy yourself.  There are many events in Sumner and the surrounding area to look forward in the upcoming weeks and months.      April 7th is the 85th Annual Daffodil Parade.  The Parade starts in Tacoma and will travel through Sumner around 2:30 P.M.  Click here for more info! April 19th – APril 22nd is the Washington State Spring Fair.  It’s a great family event! This is not quite like … Read More

In the last few years “Vaping” or “E-Cigarettes” have become very popular.  6 million people in the U.S. have tried or used e-cigarettes, and new “Vape” shops are popping up on every street corner. Although most people vape to quit or decrease smoking or to prevent relapse, there has been a rise in the use of these devices among teenagers and college-aged adults. They are more popular for younger users as they don’t leave the distinct smell of a smoker, and come in a variety of flavor choices. The reality though, is that there hasn’t been enough research done to … Read More

In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, we’ve chosen to highlight the childhood disease of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle decay. ECC is an infectious disease that can affect any child and can begin as early as the eruption of your child’s first tooth (around 6 months old). The disease process begins with bacteria. As foods enter the oral cavity bacteria break down carbohydrates and sugars and secrete acid on the teeth. The acid drains teeth of the minerals that keep them strong, and if left to continue will cause tooth decay. ECC is the most common ​chronic childhood disease in the US. It … Read More

Wisdom Teeth FAQ

January 23, 2018

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the final set of molars that can begin to erupt around age 17. Some people have wisdom teeth that don’t ever erupt and some are lucky to only have one or two wisdom teeth, not all four. Continue reading to learn the answers to the Top 5 ​questions we receive regarding wisdom teeth.   When should I get my wisdom teeth removed? ​Third molars typically erupt between ages 17 and 21. This is usually an ideal time to have your wisdom teeth extracted, whether they are erupting or not. Removing them at this point … Read More

Lasers have been in the dental field for some time now, but over the last couple of years have really become a popular topic. More dental offices are starting to see the benefits lasers can provide to their patients and instead of a cool tech fad, they are slowly becoming the standard of care. Patients are usually unsure of what services lasers can provide, and it is our job to inform you. Lasers can be utilized by both dentists and dental hygienists to bring the best care to our patients. Below we’ve outlined a few of the main functions of laser dentistry.

Sumner Holiday Traditions

December 6, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite local places to celebrate the magic of the holidays. –Fantasy Lights in Spanaway ~ We all load up in the car in our p.j.’s with hot cocoa and drive through the park enjoying the Christmas lights. –Sterino Farms in Puyallup ~ You are able to pick your Christmas tree and they will deliver it to you.  Free pictures with Santa and the kiddos are able to write their letter to Santa as well. –Old Cannery in Sumner ~ They have the most delicious … Read More

Why are my Teeth Sensitive?

December 1, 2017

Ever wonder why your teeth are sensitive when you are drinking your favorite iced drink or eating ice cream? Tooth sensitivity is quite common for millions of adults in the United States. The most common cause of sensitivity is called dentinal hypersensitivity. The crown of a tooth is covered in enamel and the root is covered in cementum. Beneath both the enamel and the cementum is the dentin. If the enamel or cementum is worn away or eroded, the dentin becomes exposed. The dentin transmits the pain signal to the nerve of the tooth giving you that twinge or quick … Read More