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Age 7 is the Magic Number for an Orthodontic Check-Up -- Dr. Baruffi

March 9th, 2009

Many parents assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth, only to find that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct while the jaw is still growing. Consequently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven.

What’s so great about age seven? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and detrimental to good oral hygiene. Come to Southcenter Dental for you and your child's regular checkups and professional cleanings.

Beware the Toothworm! Managing a Modern Toothace -- Southcenter Dental

March 2nd, 2009

As long as there have been humans, there have been toothaches. Throughout various cultures in ancient times, people believed that the pain in their teeth was caused by a toothworm – a literal worm that found its way into their mouth and bored deep into their teeth. In the eighteenth century, the myth of the toothworm died out, and today we at Southcenter Dental understand the exact causes of toothaches and how to treat the pain involved.

Any pain originating inside the tooth indicates that the nerve of the tooth is irritated. The most common source of this kind of toothache is a cavity, or a hole in the outer layer of the tooth caused by decay. Other common sources of toothache include a broken or cracked tooth, an abscess, an exposed root, an impacted tooth, an erupting tooth, temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ), and gum disease. In rare cases, a toothache can be a symptom of a problem outside of the mouth, such as an ear infection, a sinus problem, or even heart disease.

Toothache pain can range from sharp and brief to dull and extended. It may be intensified with exposure to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods. For temporary relief until you can make it in to our office, try the following:

* Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out
* Carefully remove any particles from between your teeth with dental floss
* Take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease the pain (Important: never put aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen directly in contact with your gums; this can damage your gum tissue)
* Avoid extremely hot, cold, sweet or sour foods
* Apply an over-the-counter numbing gel to the tooth
* Soak a cotton ball or swab in clove oil (available in most pharmacies) and bite down on it

A toothache is a symptom of a dental or other kind of medical problem, so make an appointment with us immediately. Dr. Baruffi will conduct a complete examination, including x-rays if necessary, to determine the cause of your toothache.

Because cavities are a very common cause of toothache, the best way to avoid one is to maintain your oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to our office for professional cleanings and examinations.

Appollonia: Patron Saint of Dentistry - Dr. Baruffi, Tukwila Seattle

February 23rd, 2009

Apollonia was a deaconess who lived during the third century in Alexandria, Egypt. At that time in history, Christians like Apollonia were often persecuted. According to stories, in her later years Apollonia spent time visiting and caring for Christian prisoners. Eventually she was imprisoned as well. Her captors were cruel, and at one point during her imprisonment, they broke all her teeth. Legend has it that even with the extreme pain caused by her broken teeth, Apollonia stayed strong.

Apollonia eventually died around the year 249 in the service of her religious beliefs, and was therefore considered a martyr. The Catholic Church canonized her (made her a saint) around the year 300, and because of her peculiar association with teeth – especially broken ones – she is now known by many as the patron saint of dentistry. Those with toothaches and other dental troubles call upon Apollonia to help them through their pain.

Various churches in Belgium, Germany, Italy, and beyond contain memorials to Saint Apollonia. A public square in Rome, the Piazza Sant'Apollonia, is dedicated to her. And there's even a train station in Lisbon, Portugal, named after her. Apollonia's celebration day is February 9.

Of course, should you have the misfortune of encountering any tooth-related pain, we'd prefer that you to call on us at Southcenter Dental, rather than the patron saint of dentistry! But maybe you can send a request out to Apollonia as you make your way over to our office.

Southcenter Dental Patient Reviews

February 17th, 2009


Dr. Baruffi serves the Western Washington community with superior dental service. See what his patients have been saying about him.Dr. Baruffi and his staff are always friendly, professional, and helpful. I also believe that Dr. Baruffi and his staff respect my opinion and personal needs when it comes to the care of both my and my daughter's teeth. I had severe dental anxiety before I came to Dr. Baruffi.
-Lisa R.

The staff are friendly and kind. They treat you like a QUEEN!
-Sharon J.

He's been my dentist since my teeth came in! He's the greatest!
-Andrea S.

He is kind and makes me feel very comfortable. I also really like the hygienist Kim. She always makes me feel comfortable and is fun to talk to. The staff are willing to answer questions and are friendly as well.
-Amy B.

The whole staff has a positive professional attitude.
-Joseph W.

I know I can count on the best modern dental care. -Frith M.

He is soooo nice. I am a brand new patient and the day my Partial was ready wass his day off. He came in to work on his day off so I could be fitted and receive my Partial. He really cares and that makes me feel good.
-Kristen P.

The service that I receive from Dr. Baruffi and his entire staff is professional, courteous, and outstanding!
-Simon R.

They've seen me for so long now that the dentist and his staff are all very friendly with me. It's nice to be treated that way! And he retains his staff so you know they're happy there and he takes good care of them.
-Megumi S.

I find the dentist and his staff to be professional, up front and caring.
-Bonnie R.

I’ve been a patient for 14 years and built up trust & personal relationships over that time, not just with doctor, but also with the staff.
-Jill M.

Friendly, prompt service!
-Kenneth L.

These folks are top of the line and extremely caring. What other dentist will watch the sunrise with his patients and staff on early morning appointments? Fabulous! Bravo Dr B.!
-Helena V.

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