Best of Anacortes

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Guide Biofilm Therapy

Its not just a cleaning anymore! Your doctor may have recommended guided biofilm therapy at your last dental visit. For those with sensitive teeth, tea or coffee stain, but minimal tartar GBT can be the right type of cleaning. For those with sensitive teeth, the joy of clean smooth teeth is tempered by the moderate… Read more »

How old do you have to be for braces?

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, Dr Kari recommends evaluating the position of a child’s teeth by age seven. At this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier to evaluate for tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. Early intervention… Read more »

How do I use a Waterpik?

Everyday we recommend a Waterpik or Shower Floss to our patients. If you’ve had gum recession or gum disease either type of oral irrigator will help prevent further bone loss. I also recommend oral irrigators for those with implants, bridges, or braces. Oral Irrigator Instructions Fill chamber with water. (Waterpik) Set dial to “low.” Place… Read more »

Flossing could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Recently we’ve seen a growing pool of research linking gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent article is particularly interesting because they used both human and mouse models to show oral bacteria in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are interested in the subject of preventing Alzheimer’s Disease I would suggest you… Read more »

Do you Take My Dental Insurance?

We take several calls each day from patients asking if we accept their dental insurance. Here is a list of the insurances we accept and the those we do not. Insurance We Accept: Washington Dental Service Delta Dental Kaiser Permanente Regence Premera Blue Cross / Blue Shield Cigna Aetna Guardian Metlife Tri-Care Sun Financial Guardian… Read more »

Root Cause

As an avid Netflix binge watcher I was excited to see a dental documentary. Root Cause chronicles one man’s experience of an infected tooth. While I don’t agree with the premise, I really appreciate anything that helps bring the importance of oral health into the spotlight. When I heard about the film I immediately recalled… Read more »

Comprehensive Exam

We are all about detail. After our new patient exam many patient’s comment on how thorough the exam was. We often hear, “No one has ever shown me pictures of my teeth like that!” Just so you know what to expect I’d like to detail each step of our 60 minute new patient exam. We… Read more »

Pay Online!

We recently setup a payment system with our bank. We hope our patients find it convenient. You don’t need to call us. You can use the gateway anytime, even when we are closed. We know the payment portal is secure it’s also simple. On our Patient’s Page you’ll find a link. You are taken to… Read more »

Two Ways Dental Implants Fail

I get this question nearly daily, “how long do implants last?”. I like to answer the question by considering the ways implants fail. Implants can fail due to overload or gum disease. Titanium can’t get a cavity, but the supporting gum and bone break down from gum disease. Over the course of the day food… Read more »