How can Menopause affect Oral Health

Menopause, a phase of life all women must go through, yet many of the symptoms are not frequently discussed. As your dental professionals, we’re here to speak specifically about the oral health impacts of menopause on women. Not only does our oral health change as we age, but for women, menopause brings additional concerns.

What are Sealants?

In addition to brushing and flossing sealants act as another line of defense against cavities. Our molar teeth have tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surface, that are so small they can’t even be cleaned with a toothbrush bristle. Bacteria gather easily in these small groves and make it easy for cavities to form.   … Read more

Is there a link between Diabetes & Periodontal Disease?

For decades multiple studies have been done showing the link between these two diseases, 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. Oftentimes described as a complication of diabetes. So … Read more

How do Cavities Start?

Over 90% of Americans over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their life.  In addition to this staggering statistic, nearly 30% of Americans over 20 have untreated cavities. These numbers are incredible given the fact that with preventive care most cavities can be avoided. So how exactly does a cavity … Read more

Understanding the Stages of Periodontal Disease

As we wrapped up National Dental Hygiene Month in October, it’s a great time to revisit the different stages of gum disease. During your wellness visit  your hygienist has probably discussed with you the need to take measurements of the gums, these help determine what stage of health your gums and bone are at. This … Read more

Oral Care Tips for Seniors

Over the last 80 years the average life expectancy has increased dramatically due to advancements in medical technology. By 2030 the last of the Baby Boomers will turn 65 and older individuals will account for 20% of our population. This is great, but also presents other problems for us to deal with as we age. … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Effects on Oral Health

A group of Autoimmune diseases called Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The symptoms of chronic inflammation over time damage the GI tract. This can cause discomfort and painful symptoms for those affected. The … Read more

Tips for Tooth Whitening

Summer is upon us and many people are starting to think about whitening their teeth. Although there are certain considerations to be made, almost anyone can whiten their teeth. We have several different options here at Dental Care of Vashon. This month we’ll focus on those options and the safety of tooth whitening. Is it … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

We’re kicking off a new blog series here at Dental Care of Vashon! For the rest of 2019, we will be highlighting different autoimmune diseases bimonthly and discussing their impacts on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body but commonly, the diseases cause the … Read more