Dentist - Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, PS

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3 Reasons to Avoid Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are one of the most controversial topics in dentistry today, and for good reason. Dr. Norman finds problems in over 90 percent of the amalgam fillings she removes, further proof that these fillings are dangerous for your health and your teeth. Here are three reasons to avoid these fillings and replace them with safer, more effective alternatives:

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When Dental Anxiety Becomes a Phobia

There’s a difference between being uncomfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist and deciding not to go until pain becomes unbearable. This is the line in the sand where anxiety becomes phobia. Many dentists across the nation have taken note of this huge obstacle to care for many patients and are making big strides at providing options for those who otherwise would never step foot in a dentist’s office.

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Can Diet Affect Oral Health?

So, you’ve decided to take your health into your own hands and start losing weight in order to reach a healthier place? One thing you might not have thought about is how dieting affects your oral health. Some diets can actually improve your oral health while other may hurt it.

Low-Fat Diets

For years the gold standard in losing weight was to eliminate fat. Everyone turned to low-fat alternatives of their favorite foods in order to still enjoy some of the flavors they love without the guilt. Unfortunately, when you choose a diet that focuses on low-fat, you have to keep an eye out for products that have added sugar in order to make up for the lost flavors from the fat, said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading cosmetic dentist in Everett, Washington.

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Children Who Snore Could Have Sleep Apnea

Thanks to television sitcoms, when you picture someone who snores until the house shakes, you likely picture an overweight middle-aged man. For years this was the typical sleep apnea patient and the most likely to get diagnosed and treated for the condition. Over time, research has shown that women and children also suffer from sleep apnea and that they often go undiagnosed, according to Dr. Amy Norman of Dream Smile in Everett, Washington.

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Guidelines Issued for New Cavity Treatment for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recently released evidence-based guidelines for the first time regarding a relatively new cavity treatment that uses silver diamine fluoride. The AAPD now recommends using the silver diamine fluoride as a treatment for cavities in children and special-needs patients. Experts believe this will lead to more dentists adopting this treatment method, said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading Everett, Washington dentist.

"The use of silver diamine fluoride provides a less invasive and more affordable treatment. It’s been used for a few years to treat tooth sensitivity and some have used it for cavity treatment," she said. "But now that guidance from the AAPD has been established, it’s very likely to become a much more commonly offered treatment."

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Dental Care for the Disabled

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one in five Americans have an intellectual or physical disability. For those with disabilities, dental care can be a three-part problem. Access to dental care can be extremely challenging since many insurance plans either don’t cover it or provide limited dental coverage; finding a dental provider that offers care geared toward those with a disability can be difficult; and finally, caring for the oral hygiene of people with disabilities at home on a daily basis comes with many obstacles.

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Snoring Isn’t Funny

Contrary to what every sitcom has tried to convince you, snoring isn't a laughing matter. Why? Because snoring is a breathing disorder that’s on a spectrum. On one end of this spectrum you have snoring, and on the other end you have severe obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring is a sign that your breathing during sleep is not normal. It can even be a warning sign of a sometimes severe disorder called obstructive sleep apnea.

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Does Being Overweight Affect Oral Health?

Research continues to show the many health concerns associated with obesity and unhealthy weight gain in adults and children. Most of the time this information is focused on diseases of the body, but a new study focuses on the mouth and the effects of obesity on oral health.

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AAP Cracks Down on Kids' Fruit Juice Consumption

It’s one of the most popular drinks for children of all ages. From lunchboxes to sippy cups, juice is the drink of choice for many toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children. But now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is taking a new stance on the beverage as research continues to show the health issues associated with fruit juice and other sweet drinks.

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Is Flavored Water Really a Healthy Alternative?

According to the consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp., in 2016 Americans drank more bottled water than carbonated soft drinks for the first time in recent history. The research showed that on average, the average consumer drank 39.3 gallons of bottled water and 38.5 gallons of soft drinks throughout the year.

Soda contains excessive calories that come directly from added sugars. According to the USDA, a standard 12 oz. can of soda has close to 150 calories. A few of those a day can quickly push the consumer over the recommended daily calorie intake. In fact, one soda a day can easily add up to 15 pounds a year.

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The Harmful Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Gum Tissue

According to a report by the U.S. surgeon general in 2016, e-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product among American youth. In fact, the use of these alternatives to cigarettes grew by 900 percent among high school students in just four years between 2011 and 2015.

One study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that electronic cigarettes do as much damage to gum tissue as traditional cigarettes. The study was the first of its kind to look at the cellular and molecular levels of oral health and their relationship to the use of e-cigarettes.

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The Smile of Youth

Cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile of your youth. In the 1990s, patients brought us photos of their favorite celebrities so we could give them a smile to match. But these days, patients are bringing in photos of themselves in their youth. We love that we are given the opportunity to give patients back their very own smile from days past!

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New Chewing Gum Test Could Help Identify Inflammation

Missing teeth are a common problem. In fact, over 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in either one jaw or both, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Implants are the recommended treatment for a missing tooth by most dentists, and 3 million people in the United States receive implants every year. Since implants are the best option for a missing tooth, according to dentists, the success of those implants is very important.

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Nitrous Oxide: Relaxed Enough to Laugh

For many Americans, both young and old, a trip to the dentist is something to dread. The reasons behind dental anxiety range from bad past experiences to cinematic misrepresentation of the profession to even inexplicable, irrational phobia. In a quest to better patient relations, dentists across the country have worked to find new ways to help patients relax at the dentist.

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Stronger Dental Fillings on the Horizon

Dental fillings have been around for thousands of years, and historians continue to find proof of their existence from earlier and earlier centuries. The most recent discovery was made in Italy of a filling believed to be around 13,000 years old. Of course, fillings have come a long way since the days of using asphalt material, beeswax and hair to repair teeth!

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What Kind of Doctor to See for Sleep Apnea

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million people in the United States alone, and the disorder is likely to be under-diagnosed. For those who do seek treatment, one of the most confusing parts is deciding what kind of doctor to see. Here are five different medical professionals who treat sleep apnea and why you would consider each one:

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Custom Comfort Plans for Each Patient

A trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Here at Dr. Norman’s office we are transforming the experience one patient at a time. At the core of our efforts is a custom comfort plan tailored to each patient’s needs. A few of the highlights include:  

  • Music from the patient's favorite Pandora station
  • Room preset to the patient's preferred temperature
  • Heated blanket, if desired
  • Complimentary nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for those with dental anxieties
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This New Toothbrush is Taking the Internet by Storm

The world’s first, fully automatic toothbrush is here and it’s taking the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter by storm. The revolutionary toothbrush concept, Amabrush, has raised over $1.4 million after setting an initial goal of $57,052.  

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Women Get Sleep Apnea, Too

 When you picture the typical sleep apnea patient, what comes to mind? For many, it's an image of an overweight, middle-aged man snoring through the night. This is a common conception not only with the general population, but also with doctors, according to Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a dentist in Everett, Washington, who treats many sleep apnea patients in her practice.  

"For years, men have been the poster children of sorts for sleep apnea," she said. "There are many reasons for this. Women are affected differently by sleep apnea in many cases and don’t always snore. They are often misdiagnosed since their symptoms don’t always align with a doctor’s idea of what a typical sleep apnea patient looks like."

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Could Estrogen Help Prevent Gum Disease?

A new study from the University of Buffalo has found that estrogen therapy to treat osteoporosis could help prevent gum disease in older women. Researchers looked at nearly 500 postmenopausal women, 365 of whom had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Of those 365, 113 were receiving estrogen therapy as treatment for their osteoporosis. The results of the study found that that the women receiving estrogen therapy for at least six months had periodontal pockets that were shallower than those who weren’t receiving the treatment. In addition, the women receiving estrogen therapy had less space between their teeth and gums and less bleeding of the gums than those who had not been receiving the treatments. 

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