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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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Disrupted Sleep Could Increase the Risk for Alzheimer's

A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has found a link between disrupted sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, conducted in partnership with Stanford University and Radbound University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and published in the medical journal Brain, shows that continued poor sleep during middle age could increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease as the patient ages.  

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Patient Transformation: Madison

Before

Feeling confident and comfortable with your smile is something every patient wants, even our younger patients. Fourteen-year-old Madison felt insecure about her smile and rarely looked forward to having her school pictures taken each year. Her mother, Kandice, recognized this was an issue for her daughter and began researching dentists for Madison to visit. When Kandice took Madison in for consultations to see if she would be a good candidate for braces, she was shocked by the recommendations she received.

"We had [several] consults, and other practices that we visited in the area just wanted to pull teeth and put braces on to straighten the smile," Kandice said.

Kandice knew this wasn’t the route she wanted to go for her daughter, so she continued her search for a dentist who would help Madison obtain the dazzling smile she wanted without the invasive nature of tooth extractions. When she found Dr. Amy Norman, she knew it was the right fit. They chose Dr. Norman after their very first consultation.

During 

After visiting with other dentists who recommended tooth extraction for Madison, Kandice was relieved to find a dentist for her daughter who didn’t suggest that approach. Dr. Norman carefully evaluated Madison before making a recommendation on a treatment plan that would give her the results she wanted.

Dr. Norman recommended neuromuscular orthodontics in the form of braces as well as teeth whitening and gum re-contouring to give Madison a smile she could feel confident about. When Madison began her treatment plan, she knew the end goal was to give her a beautiful, healthy smile.

"I had pretty small teeth, and I had a bite that could have caused me to have migraines later in life," Madison said. "I got my braces put on in sixth grade, and I had those on for two and half years."

Throughout those two and half years, Madison saw Dr. Norman and her staff countless times to ensure her smile was shaping up the way they had laid out in her treatment plan. Madison and her mom could talk to Dr. Norman about any questions or concerns they had along the way. At each visit, Dr. Norman was meticulous about making sure Madison was happy every step of the way.

"They’re really perfectionists, and they did really well with fixing every minor detail of my smile," Madison said.

After

With her treatment complete, Madison’s smile looks completely different. Dr. Norman’s approach not only straightened Madison’s teeth, but it realigned her bite, helping prevent the development of serious health issues like TMJ or chronic migraines later in life. While aesthetically, Madison’s smile is brighter and straighter, it’s also functionally healthy. And thanks to gum recontouring, her "pretty small teeth" are now more prominent.

"I’ve seen such a major change, and I’m really happy with the work that they’ve done," Madison said. "I feel more confident. Having a nicer smile just makes you feel better. I really appreciate Dr. Norman’s work, and I’m so thankful my parents could find a doctor like her."

Kandice is equally happy with the results and is glad that she chose Dr. Norman to improve her daughter’s smile. She’s recommended Dr. Norman to several people, and each person has been more than happy with their experience.

"I believed in Dr. Norman and knew that she had the best interest of Madison and making her smile the best that it could be," Kandice said. "She is the BEST; very approachable, down to earth and wants each patient to feel special and satisfied with their experience in her office."

One of the highlights for Kandice is seeing how this experience has transformed her daughter.

"The change on the outside is amazing, but the change that it gave Madison on the inside in how she feels about herself? I would do it all over again in a heartbeat," Kandice said. "Madison feels so much more confident in her smile and as a result is much happier. Having her school pictures this year was actually an exciting experience rather than a time that she did not look forward to."

Summary

To help her daughter, Madison, feel confident in her smile, Kandice sought out a dentist that could help Madison love her smile. After consulting with multiple dentists who all recommended tooth extraction to accommodate braces, Kandice found Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman’s approach didn’t include tooth extraction, which was a plus for Kandice. After an initial consultation, Dr. Norman developed a treatment plan for Madison that included neuromuscular orthodontics in the form of braces, teeth whitening and gum recontouring. Today, Madison finally loves her smile, and those once-dreaded school pictures are something she now looks forward to every year.

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Patient Transformation: Debbi

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As the old saying goes, "No pain, no gain," but that’s far from the truth for people living with chronic pain. In fact, more than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Debbi was a part of that statistic. She battled chronic headaches, jaw pain and clicking in her jaw when she ate. The pain impacted her quality of life, disrupting her sleep habits and affecting her mood. Even with her symptoms, Debbi was hesitant to seek treatment, but that all changed when the pain became unbearable.


"I put off [getting treated] for quite a while," Debbi said. "Then, my jaw got stuck "out of joint" a few times which was incredibly painful. So I talked with both my regular dentist and my primary care physician about what I could do and talked with my insurance company to see what may or may not be covered. I got a referral from my regular dentist for a doctor in Seattle which was too far away, so I started doing my own research on the internet."

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Dread the Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Going to the dentist can be a very frightening and anxiety-ridden experience for most people, but for some, that fear can be debilitating. In fact, some people even avoid going to the dentist all together as a result of that fear. Many of these people suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, which is extremely common. Roughly 30 million to 40 million people avoid going to the dentist as a result of overwhelming fear and anxiety. While skipping the dentist’s chair all together may seem like a relief, people who do so are at a greater risk of developing gum disease, early tooth loss and a host of other dental complications that can generally be prevented with regular dental visits. Dr. Norman is dedicated to ensuring her patients feel comfortable and at ease during their appointments. She has created a dentist’s office like no other where she caters to each patient’s individual needs and desires. Sometimes no amount of warmed blankets and favorite TV shows can calm the most anxious patient which is why she offers the option of sedation dentistry. She understands that sedation dentistry may be the difference between a patient forgoing dental care or making their dental health a priority.

Dental phobia can be difficult to overcome, but letting it get in the way of your health is definitely not the answer. Sedation dentistry utilizes medication, helping patients relax and overcome their dental anxieties. Our office offers a number of sedation choices for our patients. While options like nitrous gas (laughing gas) can be helpful for some, we also offer other alternatives to fit the patient’s anxiety level and type of treatment. Dr. Hudson works to ensure that each of patients who experience uneasiness and apprehension about their dental visit are made to feel as comfortable and at ease as possible. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option that helps many of our patients minimize pain and anxiety. Patients who select sedation dentistry are able to relax, and in many cases, sleep through their procedures.

 

Proper oral hygiene is a big piece of keeping our mouths clean and healthy, but regular cleanings and preventative appointments with your dentist are just as crucial. Don’t let your fear of the dentist compromise your health. Give our office a call today at 425-212-1975 or send us a message to schedule your appointment, and be sure to ask about our sedation dentistry options to help make your visit as easy and stress-free as possible.

 

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Patient Transformation - Lalita

Before

When Lalita moved to the Everett area, she needed a dentist. She heard some radio ads for Dr. Amy Norman and decided give her a try. Little did she know that this choice also would lead her to successful treatment for her issues with sleep apnea.

Lalita knew the negative effects of sleep apnea, feeling so run down and not knowing the cause of always feeling tired. “I felt like I was in a daze and not completely alert,” she said.

“Previously I was overweight and I had tried the CPAP machine,” Lalita explained.  I can’t sleep with it.  With CPAP, I felt like Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter!  I just had mild sleep apnea at the time so I decided to live with it.”

 

Over time, Lalita lost eighty pounds and saw Dr. Norman for cleanings. That’s when Lalita learned that her trusted dentist might be able to help with her sleep issues. “They started doing questionnaires in their practice to see if their patients are having issues,” she explained. “Dr. Norman talked to me more in-depth and asked if I would be willing to do a sleep test at home. I agreed and it turned out I was stopping breathing so they recommended a sleep doctor. ”

During

Lalita knew she had sleep apnea due to her snoring.  What she learned during the treatment process with Dr. Norman was that her sleep apnea was not related to weight. “I had the worst case of sleep apnea where weight is not a factor,” she said. “The issue was the physical design of my throat.  It’s small and my tongue covered the throat when I was on my back.”  With the proper diagnosis, Lalita now understood her options for treatment.

“I still didn’t want to use a CPAP machine so I pursued a mouth guard option,” Lalita said. “The mouth guard pulls my lower jaw in front of the upper jaw.  Pulling that jaw forward creates a clear opening in back of throat.”

“Medical insurance covered the cost 100%.” Lalita explained. “It took a little bit to get it filed in the right place.  I finally found someone who gave me the right wording.  Since there was no medical person to offer this appliance within a certain distance I was able to get covered.”

After

Lalita has been so pleased with her results.  She is sleeping more restfully, free of sleep apnea. “According to my husband I’m not snoring anymore. I do feel better when I wear the mouth guard as opposed to when I don’t. I don’t feel as tired as I did before. I’m able to function a lot better now.”

And, her experience with Dr. Norman’s team has been exceptional, too. She explained, “Ever since the first day I met them, the entire staff has always been genuine. They ask, “How was your day?  And, what can I do to help you?” They are all genuinely happy to help. I wasn’t just another patient. I was always happy to go to my dentist appointments. ”

Lalita recommends visiting Dr. Norman for both dental and sleep treatment. “I feel good when I’m there and I feel good when I leave. It’s not only the best dental office but medical facility that I’ve ever encountered. I’m moving to a new state and I was considering flying back for dental visits.  But Dr. Norman said she has a network of people and is happy to help me find a dentist.  I’m going to be sad about leaving her.  Never did I think I would say that about a dentist!”

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Patient Transformation - Kathleen

Kathleen’s Story

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“My dental problems date back to when I was a teenager,” 53-year-old Kathleen said. “When my mouth was shut, my front teeth were too close to my bottom teeth. But I didn’t have braces because my teeth were straight.”  

A poor bite and wear and tear throughout her life resulted in routinely grinded teeth. “I can remember being at yoga class in pain because I was clenching my jaw,” Kathleen said. “Back in the 80s, if you had a chip they would drill it down and use bonding that didn’t last long. My front teeth were getting shorter and shorter. Overtime, the grinding resulted in my teeth and bite changing shape.”  

By July 2014, Six of Kathleen’s front teeth were crowns and one was missing completely.  “My teeth always bothered me,” she said. I didn’t like how dark they were and really wanted a good-looking smile. And my face had started to change as a result of my worn down teeth.” 

As a registered nurse, Kathleen knows the impact dental health has both her physical and mental health. “One day I just decided ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to get this fixed. And the process started with having a dental implant placed,” she said. 

During

After recovering from dental implant surgery, Kathleen was determined to finish off her long awaited smile makeover. “My esthetician friend said, ‘go see Dr. Amy Norman!’ so I did,” Kathleen said.

 “At first examination, Dr. Norman thought there might be issues with my jaw,” she said.  The Dream Team performed detailed testing and confirmed that Kathleen was experiencing neuromuscular problems related to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). “She explained how the cracking was caused by my bad bite pulling teeth in,” she said. I found out that I could attribute many of my problems such as grinding, ear pain, headaches and shortening facial profile to TMJD. Everything that she told made sense with everything that had been going on in my life.”

Dr. Norman broke Kathleen’s treatment into three phases, the first being a temporary solution to alleviate TMJ symptoms. She was sized for a lower orthotic to hold her jaw in its proper position until her bottom teeth are restored.  “Dr. Norman was able to show me with the CT scan how my bite was without it and how it was with the orthotic,” Kathleen said. “It helped me understand how when your jaw is out of alignment, you’re trying to find a comfortable position and end up grinding your teeth.”

 

After

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During phase two, Kathleen's upper teeth were restored and her silver crowns were replaced. “She was able to rebuild one of my teeth and keep me from loosing it, Kathleen said. “My teeth look natural now. It feels wonderful. I always get compliments from people saying I have a nice smile. People tell me I look about 10 years younger! It’s been such an amazing thing in my life in terms of both comfort and appearance. I am smiling so much more!  I’m more outgoing, getting out more—just living my live more fully.”

Dr. Norman corrected Kathleen’s upper bite permanently and will soon begin phase three restorative work on the bottom that replaces the orthotic. “The teeth will be longer and they will match the upper teeth for a well-formed bite,” Kathleen said.

 “Every single member of Dr. Norman’s staff is awesome and I can’t say enough about them,” Kathleen said. “I loved all the staff and the focus they have on making procedures comfortable. I felt like it was movie star treatment. Time just flew by during appointments. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had of course with dentist but also in a medical facility in general. I have a cleaning scheduled tomorrow and I’m excited to go!”

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Patient Transformation - Chuck

Chuck's Story

Before

 

Chuck Spaeth never thought that a busy travel schedule would be hard on his teeth. Now 76 and retired, he spent an exciting career as a flight mechanic and airline pilot. His journey included time in the military as well as working for the commercial airline, Alaska.

Chuck said in 1961 he became one of three people to enter Alaska’s first pilot training program. “We were paid to work on flights as mechanics and completed flying hours during down time until we had our pilot licenses,” he said.  

“It’s awesome,” Chuck said when asked about flying a plane. “When the weather was good it was beautiful views and smooth sailing. And when the weather was bad it was challenging and intense. Either way, I loved it.” 

Unfortunately, his demanding responsibilities didn’t always allow for great dental care. “I’m tough on my teeth,” Chuck said. On top of a busy travel schedule, he had a habit of grinding his teeth while he worked. They were worn down, cracking, discolored and putting him in visible distress.

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Chuck’s co-pilot, Steve Ball thought he had a solution to the problem. He mentioned his daughter, Dr. Amy Norman, runs a dentistry practice and recommended that Chuck go see her.

Although thankful for the suggestion, Chuck didn’t take choosing a dentist lightly. His wife, Gail who coincidentally works as a flight attendant, had poor dental work done in the past. They pulled unnecessary teeth and left her in pain and off balance.

As soon as Chuck walked in the door of Dr. Norman’s practice, Dream Smile, he was glad he did. “They are meticulous, professional and attentive,” he said.  

During the procedure, Chuck was comfortable and felt confident in the care he received. “Amy is one of those people who works very hard and intense,” he said. She’s the real deal and I knew it.” 

After

After restorative work, Chuck looks great. But more importantly, his mouth is healthy again. He’s never had problems with his fillings and even encouraged Gale to have her teeth restored by the Dream Team as well.

Despite the hour-long drive to Everett from their home, the Spaeth’s continue to see Dr. Norman for regular cleanings and maintenance nearly 20 years after Chuck’s first procedure. The couple has built a relationship with the office manager, Judy, who knows exactly when to schedule them to avoid traffic on the trip. 

“I’ve never come into contact with someone in her office that’s not unbelievably good,” Chuck said. “It’s fun going to the dentist. It’s very well orchestrated and she (Dr. Norman) is the best of the best.”

Now that his mouth is healthy and he is on the ground, Chuck enjoys motorcycle riding, skiing and boating in Alaska. “I have a tendency to have too much fun,” he said laughing. Gale still works as a flight attendant, although Chuck wishes she would retire and join his adventures full time already.

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