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

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