Try This EGGS-periment at home!

A hard boiled egg’s shell is very similar to the enamel on a tooth. It protects the soft inside, or dentin, from damage. Unfortunately, some of our eating and drinking habits make it difficult for the enamel to protect our teeth from damage.

Try this experiment to help demonstrate to your child the damage soda can do to their teeth and why brushing after drinking it is important.

What You Will Need:

  • 3 white-shelled hard boiled eggs
  • soda
  • diet soda
  • water
  • a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 3 clear plastic cups

Start with a conversation with your child as to why it is important to have good oral hygiene. How it is important to brush 2x/day every day. Discuss how certain foods and drinks can stain, erode and damage their teeth

Ask them:

  • What type of drinks do you think might hurt your teeth? (Answers may include: soda;coffee; juice; sports drinks.)
  • What drinks might be better for your teeth? (water; white milk; sugar free beverages)
  • Do you think brushing after drinking them helps reduce the risk of damage?

The Experiment

  1. Boil the eggs TIP: making sure to have a few extra in case some crack while you boil them.
  2. Help your child fill each of the plastic cups, one with regular soda (coke is best), one with diet soda and one with water.

There are a two main things you and your child can take away from this experiment. The first is that the acid in the soda has enormous potential to erode tooth enamel. The shell of the egg may crack or get small holes from this. (YUCK!)

The second is that it takes more than just a couple of quick swipes of the toothbrush to get teeth clean. Try helping your child time to see how long it takes to brush the majority of the stains of the eggs.

Choosing The Right Kids Toothbrush For Your Child

Do you ever find yourself standing in the oral care aisle at the store, eyes glazed over with all of the options of a kids toothbrush? We get it, it can be overwhelming when all you want is to grab the best one for your child and move on. Here are a few helpful tips to ease this task of finding the perfect kids toothbrush for your child.

Choose a brush that is age appropriate
Most brushes for children are labeled with ages- pay attention to this. You want a brush that is small enough to fit in their little mouths

Tip: infant finger brushes are great for the baby with no teeth. It will clean and stimulate the gingiva so that it is clean and healthy when the teeth finally make their grand entrance

Soft, medium, or hard?
You may tend to think that the harder the bristles the cleaner the teeth. This is however not accurate. Harder bristles can cause damage to your child’ s gums, therefore you always want to choose a brush with soft bristles. When used properly, it will do the same job as a medium or harder brush and still keep your child’s gums from becoming irritated or injured.

Make it fun and get them involved
If your child is interested, allow them to help in the picking out process. This helps them to feel involved and gives them some say in the situation. It also makes brushing a fun thing to do when their favorite cartoon character, car or sport is joining them in their event.

As always, if you have any other questions about your kid’s oral health or kids toothbrush, please give us a call!

The Difference Between Routine Cleaning & Periodontal Therapy

We have many patients that wonder the difference between a prophylaxis (routine cleaning) and periodontal therapy, so we wanted to highlight a few key differences.

Routine Cleaning/Prophylaxis:  Patients who do not have bone loss, periodontal disease or an infection around the teeth are scheduled for a routine cleaning with one of our dental hygienists.  There should be no bleeding, swelling or signs of infection present.

A routine cleaning or prophylaxis removes soft plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth from above the gum line.  These cleanings are usually done 2 to 3 times a year.

Periodontal Therapy

If your hygienist is recommending Periodontal Therapy it is because you have gum disease that has resulted in bone loss, bleeding gums and/or exposed root surfaces and a routine cleaning is not enough to get your mouth back to health. This procedure includes removal of plaque, tartar, bacteria, and toxins from above and below the gum line, all the way down the length of each tooth to where the root and gum meet the bone. Tissues are irrigated to remove residual bacteria and antibiotics are placed locally to aid in the removal of the infection.  Periodontal Therapy is an initial therapy that is followed up by regular Periodontal Maintenance appointments every 3-4 months depending on your individual needs

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance is usually performed 3 to 4 times a year, depending on several factors: how quickly the plaque and tartar accumulate, how much bleeding or inflammation is present, how stable the present condition is, how well you are able to maintain your teeth at home on a daily basis, and any health risk factors you may have.  Periodontal maintenance treats areas above and below the gum line as needed to maintain gum and bone health. Pocket depths are carefully monitored and areas of active inflammation are treated with irrigation and antibiotics as necessary to restore health.

Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of heart disease with those that have periodontal disease. In fact, it increases your risk by up to 28%.  It is a scary reality. The cause of this is unknown but experts do believe that the risk is increased due to the bacteria in plaque and the bacteria associated with gingivitis and periodontal disease enter the blood stream, which then affects the whole body.   Our job is to keep the gums and the bone surrounding your teeth as healthy as possible.

If you would like to learn more or schedule your next cleaning please call us today and we will take care of you!

10 things That Happen At Your Check-Up

Don’t put off going to the dentist! At WWDC we truly care about our patients and your overall health. When you come in for an exam with one of our amazing doctors, you will get a personalized treatment plan. At your appointment, your dentist will complete a variety of assessments. There are the usual things you know your dentist and hygienist are doing such as checking for cavities and informing you that you need to be flossing more (but really, we know it’s a little bit more time, but floss!).

There are other things your dentist is doing during your check-up at WWDC. Some of these tasks include:

 

1. An oral cancer screening
2. An assessment of your gums to see what type of cleaning you will need
3. An assessment of your teeth and X-rays to ensure you are cavity free
4. A detailed exam of the head and neck
5. Options for replacing missing teeth
6. Whitening options
7. Orthodontic options and if needed a referral to our in office orthodontist Dr Andrew
8. Bite appliance options if you clench or grind your teeth
9. Mouth guard options if you play sports
10. Smile makeover options if you want to improve your smile.

So next time you are thinking about putting off that dental appointment, think on what you could be missing out on! Your dental check-up at WWDC is so much more than just a teeth cleaning. We look forward to seeing you soon. We always encourage our patients to call us with any questions they may have before there visit.

What are you waiting for? Make an appointment today!

Breathe Deep...

While sitting in the dental chair ( or any place that you can use some relaxation ) , a great way to help you relax and enjoy the time more, try this breathing technique. In thru the nose for four seconds, hold you breath for seven and then out thru the mouth for eight. And repeat, during the breathing focus on only the breathing and the counting of the seconds.
This breathing technique help slow the rate and depth of breathing which will help with staying in the present moment.

Fear Free At Walla Walla Dental Care!

We understand that sometimes “going to the dentist” can coincide with fear or a negative connotation. We want to eliminate that. Everyone is entitled to their fears, but going to the dentist shouldn’t be one!

Times have changed. The dentist has, too.

At WWDC, we know that fear of the dentist is a real concern. But, with major technological advancements designed to make your visit as comfortable as possible, it doesn’t have to be. Modern-day dental technology means you can forget about your fear and start visiting the dentist with confidence. Don’t let the past dictate the future of your health. Step into the modern day with WWDC. Step into a world where there’s nothing to fear.

We Get It.

We don’t want to just be your dentist, we want to build relationships with our patients. We’re committed to understanding the core of your dental phobia and to helping you overcome it. Whether you had a poor dental experience as a child, fear giving up control, or fear possible pain, you can rest easy knowing that we have new dental technology and top-notch practices to ensure your visit is as easy and pain-free as possible. 

Tiny mouths. Big bravery.

We know how important it is to keep your child healthy—and a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Our state-of-the-art technology and wonderful caring staff help make your child’s visit quick, easy and pain-free. We also offer convenient hours, including evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays. Introduce your child to dental care in a positive manner. You have control over the way your little one’s view the dentist’s office—so be sure to talk about teeth cleanings and trips to the dentist in a positive, fun, encouraging way. If you’re unsure about what to say, ask our seasoned staff to introduce you to patient-friendly fear-free vocabulary.

Call us to schedule your appointment today!

White Smile Tips and Solutions

Who loves their white smile? Did you know that about 50% of people say that a person’s smile is the first thing they notice about someone? Every one deserves to feel confident with their first impressions and with their smile. If you’re having trouble keeping your teeth white, there are some items you can eliminate from your diet, as well as actions you can take to start creating the white smile you want. 

Causes: Many factors can affect the color of our teeth. Dark sodas and coffee can stain teeth as well as tobacco use! Our teeth soften with age which can cause the yellowish dentin below the enamel to show more prominently. Injuries and medications can also cause discoloration in teeth.  

Solutions: There are little steps you can take to help with whitening your teeth.
– Drink with a straw
– Brush after drinking – but make sure to wait at least 30 minutes because your teeth are extra sensitive after consuming acidic drinks such as coffee or soda
– Snack on strawberries and apples
– Brush and floss twice a day!

Treatments: Whitening can be a great solution to this cosmetic issue! Whitening products contain a form of bleach that breaks down stains into smaller, less concentrated pieces. There are currently many whitening options including toothpastes, at-home treatments, and in-office treatments. Toothpastes that whitening solutions have abrasive materials that scrub away the stains on the surface of your teeth, but they do not change the color of the teeth. At-home treatments can come in a tray form or strips that stick to your teeth and contain bleach that whitens the teeth. At-home treatments contain a lower concentration than in-office treatments. In-office treatments can be much faster and produce whiter results than at-home whitening.  

If you’re unsure of what whitening treatment is best for you- ask us at your next visit or call us today!

What Are The Duties Of A Dental Hygienist?

When you come in for your preventive dental hygiene visit, you are typically greeted by your dental hygienist, who is an integral part of your dental health team. During a dental visit, your dental hygienist will take the time not only to assess and treat your dental care needs, but will also get to know you as a person. Our goal is for all of our patients to feel like a part of the WWDC family.

At Walla Walla Dental Care, our hygienists are highly educated and licensed professionals who are there to provide gentle and well-skilled care. We only invite the best of the best to join our team!

So what DOES a dental hygienist do? Here are just some of the many duties your dental hygienist performs during your visit:

  • Gathering assessment information such as: taking necessary radiographs, performing intra-oral and extra-oral screenings for oral cancer and other health concerns, assessing the gums for signs of gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease), assessing the TMJ (jaw joint).  
  • Reviews patient’s medical and dental histories. Identifies any contraindications to care and the safety of the patient.
  • Completes dental cleaning and periodontal therapy by removing plaque, bacteria and stains from teeth and from beneath gum margins.
  • Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing agents.
  • Administering Nitrous oxide and anesthetic for procedures.
  • Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, and receives monthly training and review of emergency procedures.
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and postoperative instructions.
  • Welcoming you as part of our family!

During your visit, you can be assured that you are in compassionate and qualified hands. We look forward to caring for you and meeting your friends and family! 

Get Your Kids Excited About the Dentist

Getting your child to the dentist could be the biggest task of the day, week, or even your entire month. But did you know that YOUR attitude regarding the dentist and talk about the dentist can really affect the curiosity and willingness of your little one? We have a few ways to get your kids excited about the dentist. 

Set their expectations.

Good things come from being proactive versus reactive. The American Academy of General Dentistry suggests taking your child to the dentist when they cut their first tooth and no later than their 1st birthday.

A lot of your child’s time at the first visit to the dentists are spent getting familiar with the surroundings and sounds. Making sure they’re comfortable and that you’re making it a fun experience! It can seem a little scary at first, so show them there’s nothing to worry about. 

Leave your own bad feelings and experiences in the past.

Dentistry has changed tremendously in the last decade – and for the better! Do not talk about your own bad experiences with your little ones. There have been so many advances in dentistry. Talking about how bad it used to hurt to get a filling before this new technology came along will help nobody.

Treat them afterward!

There are always rewards for children when they do something correctly. No matter the task, whether it’s potty training, chores, eating all of their veggies, or simply cleaning up their toys, rewards go along way to promote good behavior. It’s okay to use this method for visiting the dentist – as long as it is gone over in a positive way. Words of affirmation or even small materialistic prizes are great to motivate anyone, and it will make them excited for the next trip in!

Prevent future problems.

Make sure that you’re promoting good dental habits. Preventing cavities (and therefore fillings) will make the trip to the dentist smoother, quicker, and a little less painful. Plus, having a routine at home for oral hygiene is a good foundation for children to get excited about the dentist. The reward method helps in this area.

With just a few simple steps good experiences are built for your child to have a good outlook on visiting the dentist. Plus, we have a  here at WWDC that can help make your child’s visit to the dentist educational – and FUN! You’ll get your kids excited about the dentist in no time. 

Why Seeing Your Dentist Could Add Years Back to Your Life

When most people think of sleep apnea treatment, the first thing that comes to mind is wearing a bulky mask and having a loud machine roaring beside your bed all night.

This treatment is known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). But, what if we told you there’s an alternative option provided by your dental care provider?

First, let’s answer, what is sleep apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. The symptoms typically include loud snoring and feeling tired even after a full night of sleep.  

Sleep Apnea is a growing health problem in America. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans is impacted but many cases are undiagnosed.  Studies report that sleep apnea reduces life expectancy between 8 and 18 years.

It also increases the risk that someone will have high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression.  Sleep apnea also significantly affects quality of life, leading to snoring, inadequate or poor quality of sleep, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

 

What is typically prescribed as treatment for CPAP?
Many doctors are still prescribing CPAP as the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, even though it is a hassle for patients and has a relatively low compliance rate.

Whether you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea or think you may have sleep apnea and are looking to see a doctor soon, it’s important to know there are alternative options to CPAP.

Have you Been Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
At Sala Family Dentistry we are passionate about helping our patients with sleep apnea find solutions to help improve quality of life, sleep better, and live longer.

Introducing: Oral Appliance Therapy.

At Walla Walla Dental Care we can provide an alternative treatment to CPAP known as oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves a device much like a sports mouth guard that is worn while you sleep.

This device positions the jaw forward to maintain an unobstructed, open upper airway that helps to reduce snoring and regulate breathing during sleep. Unlike CPAP, oral appliance therapy is a convenient option for treating obstructive sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

 

Should I See My Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
When most people think of treating sleep apnea they go to their family doctor, ENT, or sleep specialist, and understandably so.

However, if you’ve tried CPAP in the past (which is what is often recommended by most doctors), then it may be time to consider other options that may better suit your lifestyle.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to give our office a call to schedule your sleep apnea consultation. Most insurance carriers provide coverage for dental sleep apnea appliances.

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ORAL CANCER AWARENESS

Each year, nearly 49,750 people are diagnosed with oral cancer, and just about every hour, someone dies from this horrible disease. After the initial diagnosis of oral cancer, only about half of patients survive past their diagnosis. More often than not, oral cancer isn’t discovered until its later stages, making the diagnosis and recovery processes that much more difficult. 

Risky Business

THE SECRET PHRASE IS WIN AFREE SCOOTER!

It’s important to know what increases your risk of developing oral cancer. To no surprise, tobacco use increases your risk by THREE times while drinking alcohol doubles your risk. Just by cutting down on your use of these products can save you a lot of trouble and worry in the future. Age is also a factor to take into consideration when measuring your risk. Two-thirds of patients with oral cancer are 55 or older.

Proceed With Caution

The good news is that even though we age (or enjoy the occasional drink), we can still take care of our oral health by visiting our dentist! If oral cancer is detected early, survival rates increase by at least 80%, so it is vital to keep up your dental appointments. Please note that if you ever have any lumps, red or white patches, or sores that do not heal within two weeks in your mouth or throat, it is important to make an appointment to get them checked out. Remember, early detection saves lives so don’t forget to keep up your appointments with your dental team!

Contact us to set up your appointment for your regular checkup to make sure you’re smiling and healthy for years to come!

 

DENTAL INSURANCE: WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW

When a patient checks out after an appointment, there is often some confusion regarding dental insurance. Many of our patients have a good handle on what their medical benefits are, but most mistakes arise when they think their dental benefits work in a similar way. Unfortunately, that’s not the case! Here are some key differences. The secret phrase is MONKEY TOOTH!

Don’t have dental insurance? We offer membership plans that are made to be affordable and useful!

  1. You are often still able to see an out-of-network dental provider, and most dental insurances will cover around 80 to 90 percent of your visit.
  2. Most dental plans have lower deductibles than medical plans, often only $50-100 per year.
  3. The maximum your dental insurance will pay each year is much lower than your medical coverage. The average plan covers around $1,000-$1,500 per year.
  4. Your dental insurance may not cover all services at 100%, even after your deductible is met. They have an allowed percentage per procedure and the difference can end up your responsibility.
  5. It is common for dental plans to have frequency limitations on all procedures, including crowns and fillings. This means they will only cover replacements after a period of time that your insurance deems long enough.

Although dental insurance can be a great tool to aid in your oral health, it is important to know what your benefits include and what they don’t. If you have questions about your current coverage and procedures, make sure to contact your insurance provider directly. At Walla Walla Dental Care, we will do everything we can to ensure you get every benefit allotted in your insurance contract with as little confusion and trouble as possible. Contact us for an appointment today! 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH FOR YOUR CHILD

Dental hygiene is important at any age, but it’s arguably most important for children. Not only is this when their teeth and gums are growing and developing, but it’s also when lifelong habits are formed. This makes choosing the right toothbrush for your child a very important decision.

It’s Not One Size Fits All

It can get a little overwhelming when looking for the right toothbrush. However, even the most impressive one may not be right for your kids. For young children, you should make sure that the toothbrush is the right size and shape. It is recommended that you choose a brush that is a half-inch to one-inch long so that it easily fits their mouth and their teeth. Anything more can be too large to fit!

You’ll also want to make sure that you find a brush with an easy-to-hold and comfortable handle. This enables your child to be able to comfortably control the brush and get each and every tooth clean!

Soft Brush, Strong Teeth

Look for brushes that have soft bristles. This will prevent any damage to enamel and gums, especially if your child is especially excited to be brushing! Even medium bristles can cause enough damage if you’re not careful, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Brushing Can Be a Reason to Smile

Keeping it fun can also be a huge help in developing good brushing habits. Finding your child’s favorite movie or television character on a brush might make them extra excited to come back to brush twice a day.

You may also consider purchasing a quality electric toothbrush. Not only is it fancy and high-tech, but it can also help your child stay on track, especially early-on while creating these habits. They come in several different styles and colors, and many even have the ability to time brushing time with a fun song!

No matter which brush you choose, it’s bound to be a fun time for your child that will build great habits they will carry into their future. In the meantime, schedule an appointment with our dentist to make sure your child’s smile is as healthy as can be!

CAVITY EXPERIMENT! MAKING ORAL HEALTH FUN

If there’s anything we promote here, it’s that great dental habits start early. Making sure your children have developed proper brushing habits and floss each day is vital for a happy smile for the rest of their lives! However, sometimes it’s hard to get kids to really care or understand the importance of great dental health. When we visit schools, we often have kids do a cavity experiment so that they can actually see how cavities are formed and what they can do to their teeth.

Cavity Experiment

*Usually best for ages 6 and up

What you need:

  • Plastic plate
  • White styrofoam cup
  • Syrup, candy, or anything sweet to resemble sugar
  • Nail polish remover (with acetone) 
  • THE SECRET PHRASE IS "MILES OF SMILES"
  1. Draw a tooth on the Styrofoam cup, and place it on the plate with the bottom of the cup facing upward. This resembles the teeth in the mouth.
  2. Have your child put the sugary substance over the top of the cup to show typical sugary foods that people like to eat. Be sure to tell your child that the bacteria in the mouth eat the same things that we do. These bacteria then create acid that erodes the teeth and causes cavities.
  3. Pour a cap full of acetone (nail polish remover) over the top of the cup. The acetone should eat small holes in the cup.

This experiment is a great visual that will help your children understand the process of how cavities are produced. Plus, it makes learning about dental health all that much more fun! Our Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist can help your child develop even more healthy habits to make sure those smiles stay perfect for years to come and answer any questions you might have. Schedule an appointment to get started.

Have any other fun ways to teach your children about dental health? Share them with us!

NON-INSURANCE MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES

Non-Insurance Dental Membership Packages

Dental insurance can be extremely confusing and expensive, and often times the premiums we see people pay do not match the coverage. Here at Walla Walla Dental Care, we aim to provide our patients with exceptional and affordable care from the chair to their time at checkout. That’s why we created a stress-free, comprehensive care, in-house option as an alternative to insurance through our non-insurance dental membership packages. The secret phrase is "WE LOVE OUR PATIENTS"

How Our Membership Works

Our patients without any dental insurance find this to be a great option to make their dental care affordable, especially if they do not have any insurance to help with or contribute to those costs. We have different plans to accommodate the entire family! It is basically just a discount program to help you save some of your hard earned money, that will last the entire year!

Plus, those with memberships will have reduced dental fees for services, no annual maximums, no deductible and no waiting periods. The way it works is, you will have a "Annual Membership Fee" that covers two dental cleanings at 100%, two free oral exams, free gum disease evaluation, free oral cancer screening, free digital x-rays, free intraoral camera exam. You will also get 20% off all other visits, everything from additional dental cleanings, Perio cleanings, emergency office visits, general procedures, aesthetic procedures, crowns, bridges, dentures and more.

You will also get a special invite to our exclusive VIP Membership Party we hold every year!

Ask about our Small Business Membership Plan!

We here at Walla Walla Dental Care just want to ensure that you and your family are getting excellent dental care and getting the most for your money. Feel free to call the office for more information on how our memberships could help you!

In the meantime, don’t forget to schedule your regular cleaning and checkup with us in the new year!

Piercings and Your Oral Health

Have you ever thought about getting piercings in or around your mouth? You may want to think again! Oral piercings are very different compared to many other body piercings because the mouth is home to bacteria.  

There is a large amount of bacteria in the human mouth. Some bacteria is good as it protects your teeth and gums. Although, there are other bad forms of bacteria that we don’t want in our mouth because they cause tooth decay and gum disease. Piercings in and around your mouth can get infected much easier than in other parts of the body.

Not only should you be aware of bacterial infections, but your mouth also has many nerves and blood vessels. Because the tongue is a muscle, it has arteries and nerves that run through it.  When nerves are damaged, it can cause issues with numbness and loss of sensation in the area. If the piercing is done where an artery is, there can be severe bleeding.

Oral piercings are also a large risk to your teeth. They can cause the tooth enamel to erode and can crack your teeth when the jewelry is caught in between teeth during a bite. Lastly, oral piercings can lead to gum disease which can lead to tooth loss, as well as increasing saliva production, and altering your ability to taste.  

If you have questions about oral piercings ask your dental team. We can help advise you of the risks before you alter your dental health. Contact us today to set up an appointment and discuss your oral health needs, or if you have any questions about your piercings. 

Wine and Your Teeth

There’s nothing like a nice glass of wine to sip on over dinner with friends and family – especially at Castillo De Feliciana! But what about wine and your teeth? There are a few factors to consider when pouring yourself a glass as well as some tips to protect your teeth while you enjoy it!

Red Wine, The Protector

THE SECRET PHRASE IS "RED WINE"

Red wine can actually protect your teeth against harmful bacteria! That’s right, the antioxidants that red wine contains actually prevents the bacteria that cause your teeth to decay from sticking to your teeth. Plus, antioxidants are just good for your overall health (in moderation when it comes to wine), so it’s a double whammy!

Red vs. White Wine

It’s no secret that red wine can stain your teeth, but if you think switching to white will save your teeth, you might want to think again. While red wine may visibly stain your teeth, white wine is actually more acidic and can do your teeth more harm than just temporary staining. Sipping on white wine can erode your tooth enamel, causing more problems in the long run!

Extra Precautions

One of the best parts about wine is that it pairs nicely with cheese, and cheese is great for your teeth! Not only does it rub your teeth clean with every bite, but the calcium is beneficial for the health of your teeth.

Also, instead of brushing your teeth immediately after drinking wine, you should wait at least 30 minutes to brush. The immediate acidity will have weakened your enamel, so you’ll want to wait until it has hardened back up again to avoid further damage by brushing.

And if your teeth are visibly stained, feel free to come into Walla Walla Dental Care to get your teeth whitened! We’ll make a difference that you can see, and it just might help you enjoy that glass of wine that much more.

Bottom line is that wine and your teeth can definitely get along. As always, remember to drink wine in moderation to protect those pearly whites of yours, but most of all make sure to enjoy a glass (or two) at Castillo De Feliciana with the ones you love!

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST ORTHODONTIC APPOINTMENT

What to Expect at Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Just like folks visiting from outside of Walla Walla expect to see beautiful wineries and rolling wheat fields, we like to set expectations for all our oral care services, including our Orthodontic services. If you’re wondering what you’ll do at your first orthodontic appointment, we can help you!

Purpose and Expectations

The purpose of your first orthodontics appointment is for our team to provide information about your orthodontic treatment so that you can make an informed decision.

Orthodontic X-Rays and Photos

Your first orthodontic appointment will begin with x-rays and photos taken by one of our knowledgeable and welcoming staff members. Immediately following, the basics of orthodontic treatment will be discussed to help you understand what to expect.

5-Minute Orthodontic Assessment

Next, Dr. Sam, will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws, bite and smile. This is really easy, as all he uses is a small mirror and asks you to open and close a few times.

Orthodontic Recommendations and Treatment Options

Immediately after the exam, Dr. Sam will provide his recommendations including:

  • Treatment options available
  • Estimated overall treatment time
  • Best time to begin treatment
  • Answer any questions that you have

How Expensive Are Braces?

Following this discussion, our treatment coordinator will present the cost of treatment and go over all payment options. If you’re excited to start treatment the same day, we’ll make it happen as long as the schedule allows.

We’d love to see you in the office for a complimentary consultation to help you get on your way to your dream smile. We’re here to help!

The secret phrase is BRACES ARE COOL!!!

See you soon!

FUN FACTS ABOUT YOUR TEETH YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

Our bodies are amazing things, and our teeth are no exception! We often forget how much they really do for us in our everyday lives. They help us chew our food and make our smiles bright. But there is so much more to your teeth and dental health that you might not know. We have ten cool, fun facts about teeth and dental health.

  1. Did you know that no two people have the same set of teeth? They are all unique – just like your fingerprints, and just like YOU!
  2. The average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth in their lifetime. Now that’s a month well spent!
  3. Teeth start to form before you are even born. In fact, babies begin forming teeth when they are in the womb, and some babies are even born with teeth.
  4. If you floss one time a day for your entire life (which you should be doing…hint, hint), you will use about 5 miles of floss in your lifetime. Wow!
  5. If you had a toothache in Germany in the middle ages, you would have been prescribed to “kiss a donkey.” Thank goodness for modern medicine, right?
  6. Enamel, the outer white portion of the tooth, is the hardest substance of the body.
  7. The average person makes about 1 quart of saliva a day. That is 10,000 gallons of spit in a lifetime!
  8. The first dentists were actually barbers by trade. However, we are unable to give you a fresh cut for your next appointment. Sorry! 😉
  9. Flossing just once a day an extend your lifespan by a whole 6 years. If that’s not enough reason to floss, we don’t know what is!
  10. Most adults have 32 teeth while children will only have 20.
  11. The secret phrase is DONKEY TEETH!

Dental health is an amazing topic, and there are so many fun facts about teeth out there! Do you know a fact that wasn’t listed here? Share with us – we’d love to know! In the meantime, schedule an appointment with us to make sure that your teeth are as healthy as can be – no donkey smooching necessary.