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Dr. Baruffi and team want to know: What are you up to in December?

December 7th, 2009

December is here, and, believe it or not, we’re almost in full holiday mode! Dr. Baruffi and his team at Southcenter Dental want to know: What are you doing in December? Any big holiday plans? Anything exciting in your life?

If you have any photos or videos that you would like to share with us, please send them our way or call our office and ask how!

Have a great week!

--Dr. Baruffi and team

BriteSmile® Whitening at Southcenter Dental

November 30th, 2009

Did you know Dr. Baruffi provides professional teeth whitening with BriteSmile? BriteSmile is a professional teeth whitening treatment that gets teeth an average of 9+ shades whiter — in just one hour!

Here's what you need to know about BriteSmile: The treatment is simple, relaxing, and painless! First, you'll meet with Dr. Baruffi for a consultation to answer your questions. And if you are interested in the treatment, the doctor will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy and ready for the treatment. During the procedure, BriteSmile's proprietary gel and blue light treatment whitens your teeth with stunning results.

Here's the process:

1. While protecting your gums and mouth with an isolation material, our staff takes a "before" picture.
2. Then, we apply the BriteSmile whitening gel which is activated by the blue light source.
3. After three 20-minute applications during one hour, you rinse and the treatment is complete - it's that simple

Give us a call to find out more and have a great week!

Is Oral Piercing Really Worth It? Dr. Baruffi Has the Answer

November 23rd, 2009

Dr. Baruffi and the team at Southcenter Dental know that piercing, like tattooing, is one of today’s popular forms of “body art” and self-expression. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing – or if you already have one or more – there are some health risks you should know about.

Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Just touching your mouth jewelry (tongue barbells and lip and cheek labrettes) can lead to infection. Many people who have piercings tend to regularly touch them – which is a perfect opportunity for bacteria from hands to enter piercing sites. Also, food particles that collect around piercing sites can lead to infection.

Pain and swelling are other possible side effects of piercing. Your tongue – the most popular piercing site in the mouth – could swell large enough to close off your airway! Piercing also can cause uncontrollable bleeding or nerve damage. Damage to the tongue’s blood vessels can cause serious blood loss.

The hoop, ring, stud, and barbell-shaped jewelry can hinder your ability to talk and eat. Some people also develop a habit of biting or playing with their piercings – which can lead to cracked, scratched teeth; gum damage and recession; and sensitive teeth. There may also be a need for restorations, such as crowns or fillings, and additional dental treatment due to piercings.

Consider the potential pitfalls of piercing carefully before getting one. Keep in mind that it will be an added responsibility to your life, and will need regular upkeep. Make sure that you’re committed to the task of taking care of it for the full healing period and beyond.

If you have an oral piercing, pay special attention to it. Clean the piercing with antiseptic mouthwash after eating, and brush the jewelry when you brush your teeth. Of course, give us a call if you have any questions.

Helping you prepare for cold and flu season, from Southcenter Dental

November 16th, 2009

Traditionally cold and flu season starts in Fall, but this year it seems to have started much earlier and with the number of patients canceling appointments because of flu and H1N1 symptoms our practice is taking additional precautions to help prevent the spread of germs.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, we give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

Maintaining and protecting oral hygiene equipment is also important this flu season. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria follow these steps:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

Hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions! Stay healthy!

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