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Ask Dr. Baruffi: What, exactly, are wisdom teeth?

June 21st, 2010

Wisdom teeth are a type of molar that is found in the very back of your mouth and are the last molars to develop. Seattle dentist Dr. Jerome Baruffi will tell you there are four wisdom teeth: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The removal of wisdom teeth has become so commonplace that it is almost a rite of passage for young adults.

Dr. Baruffi will tell you that when a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and yes, even gum disease.

In addition to visiting our website with any questions you may have about wisdom teeth, our friends at WebMD have developed a really helpful page about wisdom teeth and how they impact your health. Our team at Southcenter Dental also recommend that you give us a call at 206.575.1551 for more on wisdom teeth.

Happy Monday!

Dr. Baruffi and team want to know: What should we blog about?

June 9th, 2010

With summer almost upon us, our staff at Southcenter Dental strives to continue blogging about topics related to dentistry and your treatment with Dr. Jerome Baruffi.

To help us continue blogging through the course of the long northwest summer, however, we're looking for your help: What would you like us to focus on our blog this summer? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask Dr. Baruffi for a while and just haven't found the right opportunity to do so? This is your chance! Give us your ideas by posting here on our blog or on our Facebook page!

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

Dr. Baruffi wants to know: Will you be running tomorrow?

June 2nd, 2010

Most patients of Dr. Baruffi's want to lead healthy, fit lives, and tomorrow is a great opportunity to do so! June 3rd is National Running Day, a great time for all you runners to lace up those sneakers, get that iPod going and hit the road! After all we have so many great trails in the greater Seattle area!

The mission of National Running Day is “to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise”, according to the website. The aim is to increase the awareness of running, its health benefits, and to highlight the convenience of this exercise.

Some people run for the endorphines and stress relief, others run to “get away from it all,” while most folks run in an effort to become healthier, happier people. At Southcenter Dental, we encourage our patients to stay fit by exercising or being active.

Will you be running tomorrow?

Dr. Baruffi wants to know: This Memorial Day, what are you up to?

May 26th, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend, only days away, is a time to reflect and honor the men and women who have served to protect America and ensure our freedom.

It’s also the unofficial start of summer, and for many people, getting out of town for three days after being cooped up in the office or at school is sweet, sweet relief. At Southcenter Dental, we also know Memorial Day weekend is ripe for travel. After all, it’s unofficially the start of summer and a time for a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or hitting Washington's open roads with family, we’d love to hear all about it!

Here's to a nice and relaxing weekend!

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