What is the link between Diabetes & Periodontal Disease?

There has been a link between these two diseases that has been studied for years and time and again a strong correlation has been found. The severity of periodontal disease increases with poor glycemic control and blood sugar levels are more difficult to regulate in individuals with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has even been described … Read more

Does Cannabis Use Negatively Impact Oral Health?

Recreational cannabis (marijuana) consumption has been legal in Washington State since 2012. With the increase in cannabis use since it’s legalization, we are better able to see the effects it has on oral health. As health professionals, we understand the benefits cannabis use can have to treat a variety of ailments, but we also have … Read more

An Explanation of Tooth Resorption

While tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common risk factors in oral health, there are some less common dangers to look out for. One of these being tooth resorption. Resorption is the process by which a material is reabsorbed. Resorption of teeth can be a normal physiological process (exfoliation of primary teeth) or a pathological … Read more

Planning Ahead: Dental Work before Retirement

If you’re planning on retiring in the next 5 years, congratulations! Also, it’s time to start thinking about making sure your dental needs are taken care of. Many people wait until they’re about to retire to try and squeeze in needed dental work. If you’re within the 5 year range, it’s a great idea to … Read more

When do I need dental x-rays?

Annual x-ray imaging (radiographs) can be a polarizing topic in the dental office, as a patient or guardian of a patient it can be hard to determine the necessity . The answer in some cases may be, no you don’t need radiographs each year, maybe you need them every 18-24 months. There are multiple factors … Read more

Understanding Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD’s)

A temporomandibular disorder is characterized by pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. These two joints connect your lower jaw to your skull, they allow the mandible to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. The TMJ is among the most complex joints in the body that … Read more

Autoimmune Series: The Oral Health Impact of Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack glands that produce tears and saliva. This affects your body’s ability to produce moisture. This of course makes the most common symptoms of this disorder, dry mouth and dry eyes. The issue for oral health occurs when the saliva glands are affected and flow … Read more

PNW Winter Fun

Pacific Northwest living requires getting used to enjoying these beautiful landscapes in some different ways come winter! We have to get bundled up and always be prepared for rain. 😊 Here’s a few ideas to get outside and appreciate our great outdoors! HIKING Yes, you can still hike in the winter! We have quite a few trails … Read more