Why Spit Matters

​ You probably don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about spit, or saliva. Unless, that is, you have experienced dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, or excessive saliva production. Although most people don't really notice or think about it unless something goes wrong, saliva is critical for digestion and helps maintain oral health. That's why ...
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Teeth Beware: Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Back

​ What is the most well-known sign that fall is coming these days? Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte! Even though the official start to fall isn't until September 22, this year, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned early to give the social media world plenty to talk about. When the fall favorite was rolled out August 28, it was still 90 degre...
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Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

​ Every year during the month of October, the American Dental Hygienists Association celebrates Dental Hygiene Month to help spread awareness about the importance of good oral hygiene and best practices for caring for your teeth and gums every day. This year, the focus is on the "daily four": 1. Brush (twice a day) 2. Floss (daily) 3. Rinse (with m...
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September Is Pain Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore Tooth or Jaw Pain

​ September is National Pain Awareness Month, which means it's a great time to talk about an often overlooked but very common area where people experience pain: the jaw and teeth. When tooth or jaw pain strikes, many people try to just wait it out and hope it goes away. However, in the long run, you could do serious damage to your oral health by ig...
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The Importance of a Wheelchair-Accessible Dental Practice

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Americans suffers from some form of disability and 3.6 million people over the age of 15 use a wheelchair to assist them with mobility. There are many challenges those who are confined to a wheelchair face when it comes to their daily lives, but one area that many people forget about is dental...
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Keep Teeth Healthy This School Year

​ It's August and back-to-school season is in full swing across the nation. Everyone is filling their shopping carts with markers, pencils and new backpacks. Parents are taking children to get haircuts and physicals and eye exams in preparation for the new school year. But, one thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to back-to-school time i...
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Why Choose a Private Practice Over Corporate Dentistry?

​ You've likely seen them popping up in every strip mall or shopping center around the nation. Big box, or corporate, dental practices that often share their names with popular trees, fruits or generic nouns are chains of dental offices that operate much like a fast-food restaurant compared to a sit-down restaurant - in other words, very different ...
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Get Rid of Bad Breath Fast!

​ Halitosis, or bad breath, actually affects over 80 million people. It's characterized by an unpleasant taste and odor in the mouth and is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth resulting from decaying food particles or poor oral hygiene habits. There are other conditions that can cause halitosis, such as dry mouth, liver or kidney problems, d...
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8 Gross Facts That Would Make Anyone Want a Professional Teeth Cleaning ASAP

​   Our mouths are like tiny universes full of good and bad bacteria fighting at all times to take over. If you take good care of your teeth at home and stay consistent with your visits to Dr. Norman, chances are the good bacteria are winning the fight in your mouth. Here are eight facts you probably will wish you hadn't read but that sho...
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Green and Orange Tongues: What Do They Mean?

Looking in the mirror and noticing your tongue has turned a funny color can be extremely alarming. In some cases, it might just be something you ate. Other common causes are poor oral hygiene or a medication you are taking. If none of these is the culprit, read on for other causes of a colored tongue.

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8 Benefits to Whiter Teeth

Surveys show that 80 percent of American men and women between the ages of 18 and 49 want whiter teeth. The $1.4 billion we spend on over-the-counter whitening products each year really drives that point home. When you meet someone new, one of the first things that person notices is your smile. We are also living in a selfie- and profile picture-centered society where our image means more than it ever has in the past to our social and professional life. Here are just eight of the benefits to whiter teeth, based on research:

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Choosing the Right Tools for Your Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s also probably one of the first things you notice about others. Taking care of your teeth is so important. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth to last a lifetime. With so many products on the market, it can be confusing trying to decide exactly which tools you need and how to choose the best of each one. Here, Dr. Amy Norman, a leading adult and cosmetic dentist in Everett, Washington, talks about which tools are essential and how to choose them wisely.

"There are a few must-haves for any oral health routine such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a dentist you can trust," she said. "Choosing what kind of each product is best can be a little more challenging."

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Which State Has the Worst Dental Health?

A fascinating new study from WalletHub has compared all 50 states using over 25 different dental wellness indicators to determine which states have the best and worst dental health. 

Although most people probably don't think about dental health in relation to geography, there are some factors that connect them, including the number of dental professionals in each area, as some locations have many more than others, and whether the public water system is fluoridated to help prevent tooth decay.

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Marijuana Use May Have Oral Health Implications

As laws across the nation continue to change in regards to medical and recreational use of marijuana, it’s important to consider all aspects of its use. "Cottonmouth," the slang term for the dry mouth symptoms associated with the use of marijuana, is a common experience due to the way tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, affects the nervous system.

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New Study Shows Frailty Linked to Oral Health Problems in Older Men

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has discovered a link between oral health problems and the risk of developing frailty in older age. The study was conducted with 1,622 men ages 71 to 92. There is no standard or universally accepted definition of frailty, so for the study, frailty was defined as having three or more of the following symptoms: weight loss, grip strength, exhaustion, slow walking speed and low physical activity. Participants of the study most at risk for frailty were those who were edentulous, which means they were missing their natural teeth, and those with dry mouth symptoms.

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Could a Focus on Dental Health Help with Childhood Obesity?

Concern surrounding the weight of America’s children is nothing new. However, a thesis by a graduate student in Sweden could provide a new insight into how to overcome the ever-rising statistics.

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The Surprising Importance of Saliva

Spit is not something we think about often, if at all. Yet our mouths and even entire bodies rely on it to stay healthy. The production and function of saliva is one of those complex processes in our body that we take for granted on a daily basis unless something goes wrong.

The idea of spit may seem gross, but if you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, even temporarily, you probably realize how important it is. 

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Dental X-Rays Help Identify Vitamin D Deficiencies

Research published in the International Journal of Paleopathology from McMaster University has shown that dental X-rays can now be used to help spot vitamin D deficiencies by showing the state of the pulp inside teeth. The research team was searching for a way to study vitamin D deficiencies in archaeological specimens without destroying each aged tooth by cutting it open. Their findings could now help identify potential deficiencies in adults and children, which can then be confirmed with a simple blood test.

"Studies are continuing to shed light on the fact that oral health is connected to our overall health in so many ways," said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading dentist in Everett, Washington.

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Could New Drug Help Teeth Repair Themselves?

Advances in dental and medical technology occur every day, sometimes unbeknownst to the general population. However, a newly published study shows that an Alzheimer’s medication, Tideglusib, that is already developed and successful in clinical trials could actually help promote the biological mechanism for natural tooth regrowth. Could this be the end of dental fillings as we know them?

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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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